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DL, Katchin, Illicit TSuboi, Muro, & OthersFor Diggers Only (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2016. New Copy Book ... $32.99
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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Mildred L GlimcherHappenings – New York 1958 to 1963 (hardcover) ... Book
Monacelli, 2012. New Copy ... $9.99 65.00
An incredible look at the explosion of event-based art on the New York scene at the end of the 50s – the emergence of the "happening" – a combination of performance, installation, music, theater, and other media – depending on the situation – and a strong precursor to later movements to come! We'd always known about these happenings, but have never seen examples of them like this before – a huge book that's filled with photographs that were snapped during the events – most of them by Robert R McElroy, an artist himself – and presented here along with lots of historical text by the author. There's a definite irony in the book – given that the fleeting moments of the happenings were a protest against the commodification of art – but, since the scene was so important to so many other creative talents, we're still pretty happy to have such a big document of the time – especially one done this well. The whole thing's especially eye-opening if you think that the farther side of NYC culture only began with Warhol's Factory and the Velvet Underground – because there's late 50s images here that make the late 60s seem tame – as the book documents the work of Claes Oldenberg, Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, and others. A huge book – hardcover, 320 pages, with images throughout! Book
(Please Note – these copies are slightly shop worn.)

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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 ... $49.99 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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✨✧ Peter DoggettElectric Shock – From The Gramophone To The iPhone – 125 Years Of Pop Music (hardcover) ... Book
Bodley Head (UK), 2015. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Mike EvansVinyl – The Art Of Making Records – The Grooves, The Labels, The Designs (hardcover) ... Book
Sterling, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Stephen FowlerRubber Stamping – Get Creative With Stamps, Rollers & Other Printmaking Techniques (hardcover) ... Book
Laurence King (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A colorful tribute to the world of rubber stamps – not the boring black ones you'd use at the post office, but the cool kinds created by the world of arts and crafts – for modes that go way beyond simple stamping on paper! The book's as much an instruction manual as it is a love letter to the medium – as it's filled with both very vivid pages of stamp-based artwork, and instructions on how to create your own stamps and styles – all presented beautifully, with none of the tackiness that you'd find in a standard "how to" volume. Instead, think of this one as a stamp art book that has a bit more going on – very much in the mode of the Renegade Craft generation. 160 pages, hardcover, full color throughout. Book

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✨✧ Keith LovegroveAirline – Style At 30,000 Feet ... Book
Laurence King (UK), 2000. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A lovely tribute to the days when air travel was a glamorous activity – not the sweat-soaked, sardine can experience of the 21st Century – but instead a relaxing respite in the clouds, where your every need was taken care of, in a setting that was as stylishly designed as the costumes for the hostesses who worked there! The book brings together a wealth of vintage images – both color and black and white – and for those who never flew in these days, the contents will be a real revelation – of a time when the passenger was always treated first class, even in economy – and when free giveaways and treats would abound in the air travel experience, where planes often had special lounge areas and even more than one floor! There's some text and history throughout the book – but honestly, the images are more than enough – and will certainly make us think twice about our next trip on Frontier Airlines. 139 pages, softcover, in color and black and white. Book

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✨✧ Adrian Smith/Gordon GillToward Zero Carbon – The Chicago Central Area De-Carbonization Plan ... Book
Images (Australia), 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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