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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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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 ... $28.99
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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Kevin WhiteheadWhy Jazz – A Concise Guide (hardcover) ... Book
Oxford University Press, 2011. New Copy Book ... $6.99 17.95
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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✨✧ Paul Maher Jr, edTom Waits On Tom Waits ... Book
Aurum (UK), 2011. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Think of this book as a Tom Waits Reader – but one that presents the spoken Waits instead of the written one – as the editor compiled hundreds of pages from dozens of interviews over the years – presenting Tom's voice in a dizzying array of contexts, interviews done both for publications and broadcast sources! The book is structured alongside Waits' different albums – so that each chapter features an introduction, a few (then) contemporary reviews of the record, and interviews done at the time of the release. Given the decades of music that Tom Waits has given us, the scope of the book is mighty large – over 450 pages, and a pretty hefty read. 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 ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ DL, Katchin, Illicit TSuboi, Muro, & OthersFor Diggers Only (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2016. New Copy Book ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ David NowellStory Of Northern Soul – A Definitive History Of The Dance Scene That Refuses To Die (paperback) ... Book
Cherry Red (UK), 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A well-done book on one of the coolest, grooviest, hippest music scenes ever – the huge Northern Soul scene in the UK – which began as a hotbed for lovers of American soul back in the 60s, and continues to burn brightly all these many years later! If you think you love soul music, these cats may well have you beat – because right from the start, the Northern Soul scene was totally obsessive – filled with fans who would scour the planet in search of rare and unusual records, and dance through the night at the famous clubs and parties that kept the scene going over all the years! The book is penned by David Nowell, a member of that scene in its early years – and is filled with historical information, details on the clubs, personal stories of some key members, and a look at the shifting world of Northern Soul, and the way it keeps on evolving over the decades. The book has a small section of photos in the middle, lots of sidebar lists of soul cuts and rarities, and a whopping 330 pages on the subject! Book
 
 
 



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