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DL, Katchin, Illicit TSuboi, Muro, & OthersFor Diggers Only (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2016. New Copy Book ... $28.99
Fanatical Japanese record collectors share their love of rare vinyl, and a lot more too – in this ultra-cool book that's filled with label and cover scans, and lots of other record images too! The core text is in Japanese, but there's plenty here to love even if you can't read the language, but are on the same wavelength, record-wise – as the chapters feature the favorite records of each of the collectors, plus shots of their collections, studios, and other record-related reality! Think of reading the book as scrolling through pages of rare records online – or finding a catalog from a hip store overseas – as you'll see loads of things you'll end up digging for in years to come, all hand-picked by some of the coolest collectors in the world. 262 pages, softcover, full color. Book

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✨✧ Peter DoggettElectric Shock – From The Gramophone To The iPhone – 125 Years Of Pop Music (hardcover) ... Book
Bodley Head (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 33.00
Peter Doggett takes on some heady territory here – presenting a survey of nearly 125 years of popular music – in this really great way that shows just how explosive each new wave was at the time! If you think that transgression in music only appeared in punk or hip hop, Doggett really sets you straight – and presents this incredibly long, winding narrative that follows both cultural and technological changes – alongside the shifting attitudes towards youth, and the ever-evolving perception of popular culture! Put simply, the book shows how, for each generation, the squares of today were the revolutionaries of yesterday – and Doggett does a very deft job of sifting through countless recordings alongside the history – at a level that will no doubt have you running back to your record collection to hear some of these sides again in a different light. The book is massive – very dense, and over 700 pages – with some black and white images. 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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Vernon JoynsonPotpouri Of Melodies & Mayhem – Latin American & Canadian Rock, Pop, Beat, R&B, Folk, Garage, Psych, & Prog 1963 to 1976 (paperback) ... Book
Borderline (Scotland), 2017. New Copy Book ... $79.99 99.99
A long-overdue book from this legendary expert on psychedelia – a huge volume that matches the depth of Vernon Joynson's Tapestry Of Delights, but which looks at the rich legacy of music in Canada and Latin America! If you think there's not much to talk about here, then think again – because the book is huge, and overflowing with page after page of information on groups who never got full exposure at the time – amazing acts who were plenty darn experimental, and often in ways that were different than Anglo psych artists at the time. The book even gets into richer strands of Brazilian music – rightly giving Tropicalia and MPB artists some overdue credit in the world of psych – and the book offers up listings on hundreds of groups, along with information on their members, their record, and their histories – alongside hundreds of album covers too. The whole thing is huge – a super-heavy 884 pages, very large and detailed – with most images in black and white, but some color images in the middle. Book

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Adrian Smith/Gordon GillToward Zero Carbon – The Chicago Central Area De-Carbonization Plan ... Book
Images (Australia), 2011. New Copy ... $2.99 39.95
Here's a vision of our hometown that we'd really like to see – an extended plan for the center of Chicago that greatly reduces the city's carbon imprint! Chicago has long been a city of forward-thinkers – from its post-fire rebuilding in the 1870s, to the Burnham Plan of the early 20th century, to a generation of groundbreaking architects that includes Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van Der Rohe, and Jeanne Gang – but as the city moves forward, it's even more important to think of a way of lessening its impact on global warming, which the city seems uniquely poised to do. The book is filled with images – some actual photographs, others imagined scenes and proposed projects with really mindblowing possibilities – all laid out in a way that somehow makes the future seem extremely possible today! We love this portrait of our city – it's one that we can really embrace – and the whole book is also a very hopeful look at all the many strong options for other global cities too, especially where the future does not look so bright. 272 pages, softcover, and in full color. Book

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✨✧ Colin IrwinLeonard Cohen – Still The Man (hardcover) ... Book
Flametree (UK), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The text inside may not be as thought-provoking as the lyrics of Leonard Cohen – but the images alongside are certainly worth the price of admission! The book features dozens of photographs of Cohen – from the early years onwards, some studio shots, some concert images, and many at a level that's different than the familiar, iconic images that circulate more often in the mainstream. There's certainly some text in the book – think of it as a "light" history of the man and his music – but the real draw is the photos, which are presented in brilliant black and white, for the 60s images and more artistic shots – and full color other photographs. Book is hardcover, and 128 pages in all. Book

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