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Philip Bailey with Keith & Kent ZimmermanShining Star – Braving The Elements Of Earth, Wind & Fire ... Book
Plume, 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 16.00
The story of Earth Wind & Fire, told by mainmain Philip Bailey – at a level that really gets at some of the more interesting moments the group experienced on its road to superstardom! Bailey's presentation of the material is very down to earth – the book is clearly an oral history, put together by the two co-authors – and, as with the best book of this nature, all the extra details he includes really get at the larger soul scene of the 60s and 70s – with the kind of side trips and other information that never survive past the bigger records that we have to work with. Bailey wasn't one of the founders, but was with the group for more than enough years to illustrate their rise – and the book is 245 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book
(Small remainder mark on spine.)

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Stuart BakerBlack Fire New Spirits – Images Of A Revolution – Radical Jazz In The USA 1960 to 1975 (hardcover) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99 49.95
A stunning book of photographs to stand alongside the excellent album art books done by the Soul Jazz label – a treasure trove of hardly-seen images of some of the best underground musicians of the 60s and 70s – and a great antidote to the sorts of jazz books that are only just filled with pictures of Duke, Louis, and Miles! In true Soul Jazz fashion, the volume shines the spotlight on key avant and spiritual jazz figures – like Roland Kirk, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Elvin Jones, Cecil Taylor, Eric Dolphy, Alice Coltrane, Lloyd McNeil, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Max Roach, Larry Young, and many others – each of whom get at least one very vivid photo (some black and white, some color), and a short bit of text that introduces their music and placement in jazz. To be fair, there's also some shots of Miles, too – but shown in a very different context in this great book! 189 pages, oversize, with a great hardcover package. Book

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Jonathan BarliVIP – The Mad World Of Virgil Partch (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 49.99
A fantastic book on the mad artwork of Virgil Partch – an overlooked mid-century illustrator, and one whose material had all the biting wit of Mad Magazine legends like Don Martin or Bill Elder! Partch sometimes worked for higher-class publications – and specialized in satiric cartoons that were as visually sharp as their commentary – but as the years expanded, Virgil worked on record covers, advertising, paperback covers, and other formats – including some great books of his own! All those formats and more are included here – in a book that's got a layout that really does justice to both the material, and the detailed biography of Partch by the author. There's also some passages at the end that include some of Virgil's satiric writings with his images – and the book is 208 pages, hardcover, with both color and black and white images. Book

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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
(Spine has a remainder mark.)

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William S BurroughsTicket That Exploded ... Book
Fourth Estate (UK), 1962. New Copy ... $5.99 12.00
60s brilliance from William S Burroughs – not only a key book in the development of his cut-up writing technique, but also a hell of a rollicking read from start to finish! As you'd guess from the cut-up, the writing is a bit fragmented – but that also serves to really abstract the sci fi narrative of the story, and maybe open things up with some great wit in unexpected places! This book may be one of the tightest realizations of Burroughs' early vision – and it's certainly one of our favorites. 168 pages, softcover. Book

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Jacques BoyreauSuperTrash – Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A book that's way more compelling than you'd guess from the title and the cover – especially if you love the lower-reaches of pop culture from the 70s! The book features an essay by the author, but is primarily a random combination of images from a huge host of lesser-known material from the late 60s through the early 80s – b-movie posters, comic book covers, weird advertisements, strange drawings, and more – all laid out with little in the way of explanation, at a page-by-page juxtaposition that makes the whole thing even more startling overall! There's so much unusual stuff here – Cliff Robertson movies we hardly remember at all, beautiful horror magazine covers, and lots more – plus some shots of this material laid out in a Super Trash gallery show. 222 pages, softcover, and full color. Book

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Ivan BrunettiAesthetics – A Memoir (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 25.00
A beautiful collection of images by Ivan Brunetti – a cartoonist we've followed for decades here on the Chicago scene, and have watched with great appreciation as he's gotten worldwide attention for his work in the New Yorker and numerous other publications over the years! Brunetti's an amazing individual, with a character that goes even deeper than his artwork – and this book is something of a memoir, told by Ivan in words that go alongside the images – little stories about their creation, or his own place on the planet at the time – with some cartoons, some cover illustrations, and lots of obscure drawings, sculptures, and physical objects that are a real discovery, even if you've bought his comix and other books. The layout is great – as illuminating as the contents – and the hardcover book is color throughout. Book

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William S BurroughsPlace Of Dead Roads ... Book
Fourth Estate (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $5.99 11.00
An overlooked gem from beat legend William S Burroughs – a book from the early 80s, a bit later vintage than his initial classics – but one that was also penned at a time when he was completely at home with his style! Plus, Burroughs is also more confident with his subject matter, too – there was obviously less chance of any sort of obscenity issue at the time than back at the start of the 60s – so this book is perhaps a bit more "out" than some of his others, especially given the story's setting in the old west. Yet as you can imagine from Burroughs, the book is anything but a conventional western – and instead explodes with all the sci fi currents and offbeat wit you'd expect. The names of the key characters are almost enough to hint at the vibe of the story – The Nihilistic Kid and The Crying Gun – and the softcover book is 268 pages. Book

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Danzig Baldaev & Sergei VasilievSoviets (hardcover) ... Book
Fuel Design (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 32.95
Amazing images from the darkest years of the Soviet Union – a series of political cartoons by Danzig Baldaev, complete with full text translations and explanations of all the tricky issues within – plus some additional photographs by Sergei Vasiliev, showing some of the under-exposed elements of Soviet society! We love the cartoons the most – as they're often very creepy, done in black and white with a sinister tone and sense of irony so subtle, you can't tell if they support an issue or condemn it! And the photos are a nice combination, too – as they set the scene with some real world images, but in black and white as well – making for a book that is a striking reminder of the gray climate of oppression during this generation. 238 pages, hardcover. Book
 
 
 



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