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Warren BernardCartoons For Victory (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $10.99 34.99
A fantastic collection of World War II-era comic material – including lots of rare work by some of the biggest comic names of the time! Comic art really came into its own as America was entering WWII – the newspaper medium had hit an all-time high, with some of the best art of the century – and the new comic book format was exploding, and would find a huge audience in GIs stationed overseas. Those intertwined fates made for some amazing moments on paper – as comics rallied the forces back home, through well-spirited stories, and characters designed to provide a strong example of America's full potential – a huge propaganda push that not only included obvious folks, like Superman and Captain America – but also Nancy, Little Orphan Annie, and Donald Duck – all of whom had something to say about the war. Yet this book doesn't just stop with comic stories – as it pulls together comic material from advertisements, posters, and other propaganda fronts – with rare work from folks like Milton Caniff, Will Esiner, Al Capp, and other key talents of the time. The book is beautiful – sometimes in two-tone color, sometimes full color – wonderfully laid out, and with lots of supporting text. The hardcover volume is nice and big – almost bigger than the usual art book – and is 254 pages. Book
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Mary Ameri & Torsten SchmidtFor The Record – Conversations With People Who Have Shaped The Way We Listen To Music (hardcover) ... Book
Gestalten (Germany), 2013. New Copy ... $10.99 39.95
A very cool project from the Red Bull Music Academy – a surprisingly strong force in recent years for bringing together a range of different musical strands! The book features pairings of two different artists or musicians – each talking with the other about their music, the process of creation, and a range of different topics too – all on large, full-color pages that present the text in artbook style – which makes the whole thing as much of a visual joy as it is a musical one! Conversations include Bernard Purdie talking with Jaki Liebezeit, Martyn Ware and Nile Rodgers, Joao Barbosa with Mulatu Astatke & Kalaf Angelo, Benny Ill with Moritz Von Oswald, Matais Aguayo with Sly & Robbie, Ben UFO with DJ Harvey, Erykah BAdu with The Underachievers, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Nik Void, and Modeselektor with Mykki Balanco. There's also a range of additional essays, too – penned by some of the above, as well as Patrick Adams, Adrian Sherwood, Lee Scratch Perry, and others – and the book is massive – hardcover, oversize, and a heavy 396 pages. Book

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Massato AssoBrasilian Music Disc Collection ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2010. New Copy ... $24.99
A wonderful guide to Brazilian music – one that offers up individual listings for 500 different albums – along with color images of their covers, label, release date, and artist/title information in English characters – plus a review of each record in Japanese! Even if you can't read the Japanese text, there's plenty here to dig if you're interested in Brazilian music – as the choices of records featured are really spot-on – with wonderful selections throughout, grouped into different chapters that focus on different styles – including bossa nova, samba soul, Brazilian funk, MPB, and more – plus a great initial chapter on key artists, with a few records for each. The book is similar to the Musica Loco Mundo books, but with a different twist – and the whole thing is 191 pages, full color, and softcover. Book

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Luca BeatriceNothing Is Real – When The Beatles Met The East/Quando I Beatles Incontrarono L'Oriente ... Book
Silvana Editoriale (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... $25.99 35.00
A very cool book on the influence of Eastern spirituality on pop culture at the end of the 60s – one that not only looks at the way The Beatles discovered Indian music and religion, but also the way that moment exploded in so many other directions too! The presentation is great – full color pages that feature a lavish array of album covers, posters, and other artwork – alongside essays that are printed in both English and Italian, with titles that include "From Abbey Road To Himalaya", "Orient", "For A Few Sitars More", and "Journey Between The Milky Way & The Silk Road" – which will give you some idea of the way in which the book explores the influence of the East on the psychedelic and spiritual underground of the late 60s. Very nicely printed – 175 pages, softcover, and full color. Book

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Black Cat MysteryBlack Cat Mystery Vol 3 – February to December 1953 – Issues 42-47 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1953. New Copy Book ... $9.99 47.99
Some of the coolest horror comics of the 50s – the legendary Black Cat Mystery from Harvey Publications! Harvey was maybe only second to EC in terms of gore and gritty story content – and these issues are awash in great work from the pre-code years of horror comics – the kind of unbridled, unregulated writing and artwork that left plenty of kids shivering under their covers in the postwar years! The stories can be incredibly creepy at times – often without any sort of happy ending or redemptive plot twist – and the artwork is filled with ghouls, demons, and other supernatural forces – all presented here in great color reproductions of the original valuable comics. This volume features artwork by Joe Certa, Al Eadeh, Don Perlin, Rocco Mastroserio, Bob Powell, Warren Kremer, Manny Stallman, Howard Nostrand, Lee Elias, and others – and stories include "Devil Drums", "My Husband The Cat", "Eternity", "What Was The Discovery", "Insomnia", "Disc Jockey", and more. 256 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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Renata AdlerAfter The Tall Timber – Collected Nonfiction (hardcover) ... Book
New York Review Of Books, Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
A fantastic collection of nonfiction work from Renata Adler – a writer we first discovered through her inventive fiction, but one who's got a much greater history as a journalist – including decades of work for the New Yorker and other publications! This huge book brings together some of Adler's best pieces – articles handled with the same key eye and ear as her fiction, especially for the voices of the subjects involved – presented with dialogue that's extremely compelling in many of the works. The book spans the space of decades – and includes Adler on subjects as diverse as prostitution in LA, G Gordon Liddy, Civil Rights in Mississippi, the Six Day War, the Starr Report, violence in film, Biafra, and dozens of others – often snapshots both in history and American cultural struggle, captured beautifully by Adler's prose. The book is 514 pages, hardcover. Book
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Tim J AndersonMaking Easy Listening – Material Culture & Postwar American Recording ... Book
University Of Minnesota Press, 2006. New Copy ... $4.99 25.00
A very deep look at the rise of easy listening in the postwar years – the transformation of instrumental styles to a particular kind of mood music that had a huge rise in sales during the 50s and 60s! Author Tim Anderson looks at a wide number of factors here – including workings of the musicians unions and record industry, as well as the larger discourse on sound aesthetics in the hi-fi generation – all with ties to the larger political and social climate of the time. The book's written from an academic perspective, and is clearly the amount of a great deal of research – and comes with copious amounts of notes that also point the way towards lots of future reading. 236 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book
 
 
 



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