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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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Colin IrwinLeonard Cohen – Still The Man (hardcover) ... Book
Flametree (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $6.99 15.99
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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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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✨✧ Peter DoggettElectric Shock – From The Gramophone To The iPhone – 125 Years Of Pop Music (hardcover) ... Book
Bodley Head (UK), 2015. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ Mildred L GlimcherHappenings – New York 1958 to 1963 (hardcover) ... Book
Monacelli, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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

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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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✨✧ Aaron GilbreathThis Is – Essays On Jazz ... Book
Outpost 19, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A jazz essayist – but one who seems particularly focused on artists who are part of our favorite little corner of the music – served up here in different chapters on the music of Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Sonny Clark, Jimmy Smith, and Jutta Hipp – all given some introspective time in the book's illuminating essays of their talents and ideas! And lest you think thta Aaron Gilbreath is a complete Blue Note devotee, the book also features chapters on Lucky Thompson, Wardell Gray, and Lorraine Geller – all artists as hip as the others – plus a striking chapter on drug use in jazz. The writing here is quite thoughtful, and never as heavy handed as in some of those essay books in which the author seems to claim jazz as his own – quite a testament to the writing of Gilbreath! Book is 174 pages, softcover. Book

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✨✧ Albert D PattersonBeats To The Rhyme – A Collection Of Instrumental Hip Hop Records For The Beat Connoisseur (hardcover – with bonus CD) ... Book
Gingko Press, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Think you know hip hop records? Think again – because if you only know the commercially released and vocal versions of the material, then you only know half the story – because among true collectors, the instrumental wax can be even more in-demand! This book opens up that secret world of hip hop – by detailing rare instrumental versions of hip hop albums – some issued only as promotional items, some only as record club or online releases, and some as dodgy bootlegs from the underground! The book has page after page of these releases – with label scans of the original records, alongside other release information, and a very well-done review for each item – a brilliant book that will really open you up to a greater range of hip hop vinyl to collect. There's listings for about 200 different instrumental records, plus more images and other details in the book – and the whole thing even features a bonus CD of instrumental mixes! Book
(Includes bonus CD mixed by DJ Spair!)

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✨✧ Mike SchreiberTrue Hip Hop (hardcover) ... Book
Mark Batty, 2010. New Copy Book ... 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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