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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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✨✧ 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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Bernd JonkmannsRecord Stores – Tribute to Record Stores – 400 Pages, 190 Stores, 36 Countries, 5 Continents ... Book
Seltmann+Soehne, 2016. New Copy ... $46.99 59.00
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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Tomi The Jazzy MonkJazz For Dancers ... Book
Hanmoto (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 ... $8.99 27.95
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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✨✧ Mike SchreiberTrue Hip Hop (hardcover) ... Book
Mark Batty, 2010. New Copy Book ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Kevin WhiteheadWhy Jazz – A Concise Guide (hardcover) ... Book
Oxford University Press, 2011. New Copy Book ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not just the "why" of jazz, but the "who", "how", and "when" as well – all laid out in a really unique format by jazz critic Kevin Whitehead! The book is roughly chronological, based on the history of jazz – but the approach is quite unusual – a set of questions that stand as basic fence posts to an understanding of jazz – asked and then answered in detail by Whitehead, who has a surprisingly poetic approach to his information! Think of the book as kind of your big chance to spend time with an expert who will answer all your questions – not just basic ones – and never make you feel embarrassed about something you didn't know. 172 pages, hardcover. Book

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✨✧ Deborah WillisBlack – A Celebration Of A Culture (hardcover) ... Book
Skyhorse, 2004/2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful selection of images from the archives of the Smithsonian Institute – pulled together here by photographic historian Deborah Willis, and presented as a rich tapestry of African-American culture in the 20th century! The wide scope of the title might make you think that the book's one of those fluff pieces that try to cash in on identity – but the images within are definitely something else – a much deeper document that features fantastic shots from reconstruction through Civil Rights, on up through hip hop culture and more contemporary years as well. Each images is black and white, and chapters are divided into themes that include Saturday Night, The Arts, Work, Everyday Life, Spirituality, Celebration, Sunday Morning, Sports, and Portraits. The book is a heavy 319 pages, hardcover, and oversize. Book

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