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Sun RaProphetika – Lost Writings Of Sun Ra Vol 1 (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99
The prophetic poetry and prose of the one-and-only Sun Ra – and the first of a promised trilogy of unpublished predictions, prognostications and end-times visions from one of the most distinctive artists ever! If you're a fan of the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra, or even his earlier sci-fi doo wop/R&B work, you'll be amazed at how ingeniously his poetry fits in alongside his musical canon, in a thematic sense. The prose and poems touch hit oft-traveled territories – from ancient Egypt to the outer realms of the cosmos – and it's truly brilliant stuff. Kicks Books has been one of our favorite independent publishers for the the get-go, doing it with genuine love for their authors/artists/raconteurs, and printing on cool little back pocket-sized paperbacks, the way you might find a seedy pulp press back in the day. They get better and better with each new book – and we can't praise 'em enough for giving us rare Sun Ra writings! Paperback, 106 pages, and featuring a foreword by Charles Plymwell. Book

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✨✧ Kim FowleyLord Of Garbage (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2012. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kim Fowley, an author? Stranger things have happened – and given Fowley's penchant for putting his finger in just about every pie that came within reach, the whole thing's no surprise at all! The book is a stunning account of Fowley's important years in the music business – working in the sometimes lowest reaches of the LA scene, yet sometimes hitting the highest heights too – all told in really interesting detail, with a pacing that's completely unique! At lots of points, it kind of feels like Kim's telling you the story of his life over a few dozen drinks at the bar – with all the tangents you might expect – but at other times, there's this lucidity that's right in line with the Fowley genius in the studio – that way of being and going crazy while still holding all your cool – summed up perfectly in these few lines near the end of the book: "Well this is my version of what happened to me. I don't know if it really happened or not, but I think it did. I'm holding back a lot of stuff because it's too overwhelming in its darkness and it would be a sad read." Book

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✨✧ Miriam Linna & Randell FullerI Fought The Law – The Life & Strange Death Of Bobby Fuller ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The incredible rise and too-fast fall of the late Bobby Fuller – the southwest rocker who gave the world the classic "I Fought The Law", then died as a beaten, broken man in a car fire in 1966! The book tells the full story of Bobby's life and music from the perspective of his brother Randy – a musical partner, and witness to Fuller's death – writing here with a hell of a lot of detail, given the distance of time! Norton/Kicks founder Miriam Linna really helps Randy give shape to his words here – bringing some of her own flair for paperback punch, but without ever letting things get too sensational – and the book has a surprisingly personal feel overall – never too overstated or braggish, but filled with great respect and love of Bobby Fuller's music. There's a fair bit of vintage images – photos, posters, label, and more – interspersed between the words – and the book is 288 pages, and heavier than usual for a Kicks paperback! Book
 
 
 



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