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Mike EvansVinyl – The Art Of Making Records – The Grooves, The Labels, The Designs (hardcover) ... Book
Sterling, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 24.95
Ever think about what makes a great record so great? It's partly the music, partly the production – but it's also often the overall presentation too – the way the whole thing comes together and feels in your hands, or the way it looks when it's next to the turntable – or stands out in the racks when you first see it across the space of a record store! Author Mike Evans really seems to know what makes a great record so special – and he goes to great lengths here to illustrate the key qualities of some of the best – starting from the initial rise of the album in the postwar years, and tracing a great evolution of presentation and packaging – to really show the way that vinyl production evolved alongside the music! The book is filled with photos of classic and crazy records, weird and wonderful treasures – and it also illustrates shifts in styles, with looks at labels and genres over the years – all alongside hundreds of color images. The book follows things right up to the present – and even looks at some contemporary labels and record stores (although, sadly, seems to have forgotten about us!) 256 pages, hardcover, in full color. Book

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Kim FowleyLord Of Garbage (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2012. New Copy ... $12.99 13.95
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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Mike SchreiberTrue Hip Hop (hardcover) ... Book
Mark Batty, 2010. New Copy Book ... $4.99 14.95
Great photographs from Mike Schreiber – a New York-based artist who worked heavily for The Source and Vibe back in the day – and managed to capture a whole heck of a lot of great shots in the process! Schreiber includes some nicely personal memories along with the photos – some great scene-setting words that make the pictures even more vivid than you might think. Includes photographs of De La Soul, Biz Markie, Prince Paul, Slick Rick, Dwele, Redman, RZA, Jay Z, Method Man, Common, Beastie Boys, and many others – and the book features both color and black and white, and comes in a cool 7" square hardcover style! Book

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Tomi The Jazzy MonkJazz For Dancers ... Book
Hanmoto (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... $19.99
Don't think "jazz for dancers", and instead think "funky jazz" – because that's what this sweet little book is all about – upbeat jazz tracks from the bop years onwards – served up in styles that run the gamut from soul jazz to electric funk, fusion, bossa, modal, and beyond! The volume is a special Japanese-only book – one that focuses on the sorts of rare jazz records that Tokyo DJs have been digging for years – spinning out in clubs and getting great response, and really keeping the spirit of jazz as youthful as ever! The book features pages and pages of listings for rare records – with black and white images of the covers, plus artist, title, label, and date information in English – and some additional text in Japanese. Even if you can't read the Japanese text, the book's structure gives plenty of helpful direction – with chapters on deep jazz, new jazz, UK jazz, big band, Latin jazz, funky jazz, bop vocal, and other styles too. The book also has interviews, in Japanese, with Gilles Peterson, Sleep Walker, and Paul Murphy – which should give you an idea of its leanings. 193 pages, with hundreds of listings! Book

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✨✧ Ben YagodaB Side – The Death Of Tin Pan Alley & The Rebirth Of The Great American Song (hardcover) ... Book
Riverhead Books, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
For many folks, the Great American Songbook ended in the years after WWII – a time when pop songs were on the rise, rock and R&B were getting their start, and even jazz was going in a whole host of new directions! Yet those musical changes weren't the reason for the disappearance of songwriting giants like Cole Porter or George Gershwin – as the author shows us a huge array of shifting forces that were taking their toll at mid-century – one of which was the shift from separate songwriters to the singer-as-songwriter. And even if you don't think the great era of American song died in the 50s (we don't ) – there's still plenty here to enrich your understanding of the larger music scene of the 20th century – the roles of publishers, promoters, unions, and other forces that, from the start, have never made the business of music an easy one. Along the way, the author talks to more contemporary songwriters like Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Johnny Mandel, and Linda Ronstadt – and the book is 310 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book
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✨✧ Bernd JonkmannsRecord Stores – Tribute to Record Stores – 400 Pages, 190 Stores, 36 Countries, 5 Continents ... Book
Seltmann+Soehne, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Call us biased, but we think this is one hell of an amazing book – a beautiful journey through dozens of record stores around the world – served up in these amazing color photographs that get to the core of what makes a great record store so unique! Bernd Jonkmanns really did a great job – and the book is filled with images that are every bit as beautiful as the one on the cover – photographs that not just focus on the treasures inside the stores, but capture the unique spaces, and the way the music is presented – as each individual store is completely different, and has their own take on the way they put forward their records and other objects. The book is huge, and is completely essential to anyone who's ever loved being in or around record stores – as Bernd really captures the way the stores can immediately excite a true record shopper, and his pictures already have us chomping at the bit to do more record shopping outside of Dusty Groove! Plus, the whole thing's a much-needed document of a vanishing art form – as there's more than a few shops here that have closed since Jonkmann's began the project – some he's noted, some that have closed after publication of the book. The whole thing's super-heavy and oversized – almost 400 pages, full color, and completely worth the high price tag. Heck, we love the whole thing to death – even though they completely forgot to include us! Book
 
 
 



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