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Mark BegoAretha Franklin – The Queen Of Soul ... Book
Skyhorse, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 18.99
A nicely expanded version of this important look at the career and music of Aretha Franklin – one that was first published at the end of the 80s, but which has been refined over the years to follow her changing career – and updated in this final edition, which covers the last decade of Aretha's time on this planet! Mark Bego doesn't pull any punches in his examination of Franklin – and while he clearly loves Aretha's music, he also gets at all the challenges she faced over the years – including some of the behind the scenes drama that impacted her music. The book is 430 pages, softcover, with a full color photo section in the middle, and a discography at the end. Book
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Peter BenjaminsonMary Wells – The Tumultuous Life Of Motown's First Superstar (hardcover) ... Book
Chicago Review Press, 2012. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A stunning look at the great Mary Wells – one of Motown's first female acts of the 60s, and one of the decade's most important early soul figures as well! Mary's work on record is very well-known, but the story behind the music is completely different, and surprisingly dark at times – a tale of a talented artist often caught between larger corporate forces, and personal antagonists as well – not to mention her own personal demons. Peter Benjaminson does a great job of getting at all these details without being overly sensational – and he works in lots of wonderful personal recollections from friends and colleagues who really help illuminate the more private moments. The book is over 300 pages, hardcover, with some black and white photos. Book

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Chuck DChuck D Presents This Day In Rap & Hip Hop History (hardcover) ... Book
Octopus Books (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 39.99
A day-by-day list of important dates in hip hop – starting in 1973, and running all the way up to the present! Given that Chuck D's the man in charge, the set focuses most strongly on the 80s and early 90s – with very strong chapters on 1984 through 1995 – where date after date seems to resonate with the kind of important hip hop event that we can hardly believe actually "happened", as it's such a part of musical history now! Each date gets a small paragraph about the significance of the event that's named at the top – and these listings are interspersed with lots of full color images of hip hop legends – drawings, paintings, and other images provided by the book's co-contributors. 342 pages, hardcover, with lots of color images. Book

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✨✧ Annie Cohen Solal/Paul Goldberger/Robert GottliebNew York Mid Century – Post War Capitol Of Culture 1945 to 1965 (hardcover) ... Book
Thames & Hudson (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunningly vivid portrait of New York in the postwar years – a time when the city's already-strong hold on American culture was taken to its apex – as the city became home to some of the most important artists, actors, writers, and creative forces of the generation! The book is filled with amazing photographs – hundreds of images, in both black and white and color, laid out alongside equally rich text, in three large sections that look at the visual arts, the performing arts, and architecture and design. Modern visual artists get especially strong placement in the book, as does the groundbreaking architecture in the city during the 50s – but there's also some great sections on dance, theater, and nightlife too – and the whole thing's more than large enough to cover everything at a reasonably strong level. The layout and design of the book are great – and the choice of images is superb – and the whole thing is super-heavy, hardcover, and a whopping 400 pages in all. Book

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John CorbettVinyl Freak – Love Letters To A Dying Medium ... Book
Duke University Press, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 24.95
An incredible look at the format of vinyl – put together by a guy who's got one of the hippest record collections we've ever seen! John Corbett's been writing about music, art, and other formats for decades – but his real labor of love is vinyl records – a format he continued to embrace even at the height of the CD era – so much so that he talked Downbeat magazine into letting him write a special column on musical delights that had never made it to the digital format! Corbett helped plenty of music get reissued on CD himself – thanks to countless label projects – but he also always held a special place in his heart for the kinds of records that never got reissued – and those are the sorts of titles featured here – a massive run of music that runs from jazz to funk, American and European, totally obscure to completely common – presented beautifully together in this massive book! The volume doesn't just bring together Corbett's columns, but also offers up full color reproductions of all the record covers, along with a few other details too – to support efforts on dozens of artists – a huge list that includes Melvin Jackson, Bill Leslie, Black Grass, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Phil Seamen, Khan Jamal, Klaus Doldinger, The Mad-Hatters, Tommy Jones, Guy Warren, The Three Souls, United Front, Johnny Lytle, London Experimental Jazz Quartet, Paul Smoker, AK Salim, Noah Howard, Jack Wilson, and many others – a good number of whom have yet to be reissued. The book is wonderful – and Corbett's longtime declaration of being a vinyl freak is more important than ever, given the rebirth of the medium! Book is 250 pages, softcover, with color images. Book

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✨✧ Stuart CosgroveDetroit 67 – The Year That Changed Soul ... Book
Polygon (UK), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A key look at the year of 1967 in Detroit – a year in which the city experienced both riots, and riotous changes in its music scene – huge steps forward for Motown, as you'd guess from the image on the cover – and a big wave of new sounds from MC5 and other important musical forces on the rise! The book is way more than just another music volume – even though author Stuart Cosgrove has given us great work on soul music before – because the whole thing is every bit as much a detailed account of the city, its changes, and struggles on a month by month basis – as it is a document of the musical transformation that was taking place. Very well written – 426 pages, softcover, with a few black and white images. Book

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Stuart CosgroveHarlem 69 – The Future Of Soul (hardcover) ... Book
Polygon (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 22.00
Writer Stuart Cosgrove opened our eyes to Detroit in 1967 – and here he takes on Harlem in 1969, tying together an amazing range of musical, cultural, and political forces as he follows the community in its month by month evolution during this important year! The book moves between key uptown figures who include Miles Davis, Donny Hathaway, King Curtis, and Jimi Hendrix – amidst the changes at the Apollo Theater, the formation of Black Woodstock, the struggles of the Black Panther party, and all the many changes that were taking place at street level. As with Stuart's other books, this one is a completely captivating piece of cultural history – graced with inside black and white photos that follow the spirit of the cover image. 347 pages, hardcover. Book

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✨✧ Kim FowleyLord Of Garbage (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Erin C GarciaMan Ray In Paris (hardcover) ... Book
J Paul Getty Museum, 2011. New Copy ... $8.99 24.95
A seminal selection of works from Man Ray – early photographs that made his work on the Paris scene of the 20s some of his most important contributions to modern art – served up here in a big array of images that were created at the time! The scope of photos here is great – as the book includes both some of Ray's important experiments with process, including solarization pictures, experiments with color, and even some of his very cool Rayographs – mixed with portraits of his artistic contemporaries, and other shots that lie somewhere between more conventional photos and the artist's experimental work. Author Erin Garcia provides a bit of history and context – and the book is hardcover, 128 pages, and a mix of black and white and color images. Book

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Gary GiddinsBing Crosby – Swinging On A Star – The War Years 1940 to 1946 (hardcover) ... Book
Little Brown, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 40.00
Gary Giddins' great second chapter in the career of Bing Crosby – handled with all the same detail and deep knowledge of the music as the first volume – and continuing this much-needed look at one of the most important figures in pop music during the 20th Century! Crosby helped forge the way forward for artists in so many genres to come – and the years of World War Two were a crucial part of this process – as Bing exploded with international stardom, representing hope and opportunity at a new musical level, while also acting as a cultural ambassador for the US too. The book is a very hefty 724 pages – as hefty as the first – and is hardcover, with a fair bit of images in sections in the middle. Book
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Robert GordonMemphis Rent Party – The Blues, Rock & Soul In Music's Hometown (hardcover) ... Book
Bloomsbury, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
One of the best writers on Memphis gives us a journey through his musical hometown – portrayed through chapters that focus on some of the city's most legendary figures – including James Carr, Sam Phillips, Jim Dickenson, Robert Johnson, Charlie Feathers, Jeff Buckley, Tav Falco, Bobby Blue Bland, Alex Chilton, Jerry Lee Lewis, and even Cat Power! The chapters are a mixture of history, narrative, and interview material – all done with that great sense of prose that makes Robert Gordon such an important musical chronicler of the south – and the book is 252 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book
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Peter GuralnickSam Phillips – The Man Who Invented Rock N Roll ... Book
Little Brown, 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 19.99
The story of one of the all-time greats – told by one of the all-time greats – the full tale of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, told by southern music giant Peter Guaralnick! Long before he rose to fame as the man who discovered Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips was already humming strong with his Memphis-based Sun Records label – home to an amazing run of blues, R&B, and rockabilly – with important initial recordings by artists who include Howlin Wolf, Ike Turker, Johnny Cash, and many others! And while the story of Sun has often been told in overdone cliches and too-heavy platitudes, Guaralnick really gets behind those landmarks, and tells the real tale of the man and his music – with treatment of Phillips that's almost as detailed as some of his writings on Elvis. The book is massive – over 750 pages, and a rock-solid read throughout – with some black and white images. Book
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Ed Halter & Barney Rosset (eds)From The Third Eye – The Evergreen Review Film Reader ... Book
Seven Stories Press, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
Evergreen Review was a seminal American cultural publication in the 60s – and in addition to showcasing important writers of the time, the magazine also turned its talents to the worlds of music, film, and other cultural pursuits! This book presents the first-ever anthology of writings from the journal on cinema – interviews, articles, essays, and reviews – all created during revolutionary film years, covering the work of Jean Luc Godard, Andy Warhol, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jacques Demy, and other important talents. The book features writings by Nat Hentoff, Dziga Vertov, Jerry Tallmer, Amos Vogel, Jacques Rivette, and many others – and also features interviews with Jacques Demy, John Cassavetes, Dennis Hopper, William Klein, and Alain Robb Grillet – all laid out with plenty of images from the magazine, as each page is presented in a replica of its original publication, with all the vivid look that made Evergreen Review so great. 334 pages, softcover, black and white. Book
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Dakin HartMuseum Of Stones – Ancient & Contemporary Art At The Noguchi Museum ... Book
Giles (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 34.95
A collection of transformational works in sculpture – all featured at the Noguchi Museum, and served up in a mix of the master's own creations from mid-century, and those by later artists inspired by his ideas! Noguchi first created the space as a showcase for his own work, but over the decades it's grown into an important showcase for other creators too – presented here in a lineup that includes work by Wallace Berman, Donald Burgy, Vija Celmins, Mitch Epstein, Mariana Cook, Richard Long, Tom Sachs, Yoko Ono, and many others – including a few older pieces by artists whose names are no longer known. The book is softcover, 117 large pages, and filled with color photographs of works from the exhibition. Book

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Hennie HaworthColor Chicago – 20 Views To Color In By Hand ... Book
Harper Design, 2017. New Copy ... $3.99 15.99
A Chicago coloring book, but one that's maybe not great for kids – because the cityscapes within are full of important examples of Chicago architecture – usually somewhat complex, which means that they're not to be colored by the weak of hand! The book features images from Wrigley Field, The 606, Shedd Aquarium, Robie House, Millennium Park, and other famous Chicago spots – and the black and white book features 20 full pages – each waiting for your special touch of color! Book
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Peter JonesThis Is Hip – The Life Of Mark Murphy (hardcover) ... Book
Equinox (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
The story of Mark Murphy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time – written by Peter Jones, also a jazz singer himself! Jones is London-based, and as such, does a really great job of capturing the ongoing enthusiasm and excitement about Murphy's career that was always a big part of his overseas audience – one who not only supported him strongly when the US market had begun to wane, but also gave Mark the kind of energy to keep on staying creative, even to the final years of his long career! The book's full of history about Murphy we never knew before –including many personal details, and great appreciation of his music from both a live and recorded perspective. There's also a great discography at the end, which includes some of Murphy's important collaborations and appearances on other folks' records – and the hardcover book is 247 pages, with some black and white images. Book

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Florian KapsPolaroid – The Magic Material (hardcover) ... Book
Frances Lincoln Limited (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 29.99
A beautiful treatise on the artform of the Polaroid photograph – put together by one of the people who've helped save the process in the past decade or so! The book starts with a history of Polaroid, quickly looks at its cultural uses, then moves into a surprising array of more artistic use of the form – with over 250 full color Polaroids along the way, some from artists, some from civilians, some just "found", but with really compelling content. Kaps revived Polaroid production in 2008, and shows the way that in a digital world, the truth of instant photography is maybe more important than ever – which makes for a very happy ending to the story! 240 pages, hardcover, and full color throughout. Book

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Judith Keller & Amanda Maddox (ed)Japan's Modern Divide – The Photographs Of Hiroshi Hamaya & Kansuke Yamamoto (hardcover) ... Book
J Paul Getty Museum, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 49.95
A large book that features the works of two different Japanese photographers – each born within a year of each other, but who took very different paths in their contribution to Japanese art at midcentury! Hiroshi Hamaya began with a journalistic project, and was much more of a documentarian – as his works here initially feature rural cultures in Japan, mostly portraits of individuals – then move out to more politicized work and landscapes as the years move on. Kansuke Yamamoto is more of a modernist – and much of his images here play with camera and process, almost like some of the important Man Ray photographs of the 20s and 30s – which would be good comparison to much of Yamamoto's work in the book, save for some later images which are more abstract. The book was done by the Getty Museum, and features some essays on the work and artists – 224 pages, hardcover, with black and white images throughout. Book

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William Klein/David CompnayWilliam Klein – ABC (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 40.00
A lavish examination of the work of William Klein – an important postwar photographer who moved into the worlds of film and graphics in the 60s – and left an indelible imprint on both the scenes in New York and Paris! The book offers up Klein's work in a few different slices – some relatively straight early black and white photographs, which are exceptional – then some shots in Tokyo, and a lot more in Paris – which get increasingly wilder as the 60s move on, and which lead up to a section on his films – including the classic Qui Est Vous Polly Magoo, and Mister Freedom, which also featured Serge Gainsbourg! There's other later work too – and the book is a mixture of black and white and color photos, printed on heavy paper – 182 pages, hardcover, and oversized. Book

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✨✧ Rick Kogan/Charles OsgoodSidewalks Vol 2 – Reflections On Chicago (hardcover) ... Book
Sidewalks, 2009. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hey, that's a corner right up the street from Dusty Groove – and the book is filled with images of our fair city of Chicago – not just sidewalks, but a host of other important city images too – including portraits of local luminaries, and shots of some great stores, restaurants, and other spots around the city. Photos are all by Charles Osgood – and each gets a full essay by journalist Rick Kogan – which further illuminates the shots of places like Manny's Deli, Twin Anchors, Harold's Chicken Shack, and the Chicago City Council. Book is 245 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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✨✧ Oliver LomaxMood Modern – The Story Of Two Of The World's Greatest Recorded Music Libraries – KPM & Bruton Music ... Book
Vocalion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the best book we've ever seen on the secret world of sound library music – those non-commercial recordings that are made away from the public, then lent out for later use in radio, film, and TV! Over the years, crate-diggers have brought a new sort of appreciation to sound library albums – and two of the best labels of the genre are the important KPM and Bruton labels in the UK – both home to fantastic sounds from artists who include Keith Mansfield, Syd Dale, David Lindup, Johnny Pearson, and many others! Records by these artists have achieved great fame in recent years – but because these guys weren't rock stars, or jazz musicians, their stories – and the stories of their studios and labels – have really been overlooked. Writer Oliver Lomax – who's also reissued many sound library gems via the Vocalion label – really does a great job of looking at KPM and Bruton – with a huge amount of historical detail, countless interviews with key figures, and even helpful details on the larger recording scene in the UK. The book features two sections of images – one color, one black and white – but it's very different than sound library album cover books, as the main focus here is on text, which spans 465 pages in great detail. Book

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✨✧ Giorgio MaffeiMunari's Books – The Definitive Collection Of Book Designs By Bruno Munari ... Book
Princeton Architectural Press, 2008. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful books on books we've ever seen – a full color document of the groundbreaking design work of Bruno Munari – an important Italian designer who worked to transform the print medium from the 30s through the 90s! The designs here are fantastic – equally striking in any setting – whether an inventive children's book, or a scientific pamphlet, paperback, or heftier art book – the latter a format in which Munari shone especially strongly! The softcover book is almost 300 pages, with over 150 chronological listings, with examples, of books that Munari designed – a pure delight for any fan of modern design, or of books as well! Book

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✨✧ Man Ray/Jennifer Mundy (ed)Man Ray – Writings On Art (hardcover) ... Book
Tate (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first full edition of the writings of Man Ray – an artist who's best known for his important contributions to the worlds of Dada and Surrealism in the 20th Century – but also a surprisingly sensitive theoretician, one whose comments on his work and his world offer up a very illuminating picture of an art scene in constant change and growth! The book features decades of material, pulled from essays, notes, letters, and other writings – structured into historical chapters that follow the artist's journey from New York, to Paris, Hollywood, and back again overseas. There's a number of illustrations along the way – and the heavy book is hardcover, 456 pages. Book

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Benjamin PiekutHenry Cow – The World Is A Problem ... Book
Duke University Press, 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic look at the music of Henry Cow – that important British band of the 70s, and a key bridge between the worlds of art, experimentation, politics, and improvisation at the time! Henry Cow trafficked in ideas that were fairly intellectual, but the group had a way of bringing them down to a wider mainstream audience – in a mode that's summed up perfectly by the author in the ending essay of the book, in which he speaks of a "vernacular avant garde". Before that, though, he gives a richly detailed account of the group's artistic and political mission, and their role in the 70s UK scene – presented with far more detail than we ever could have hoped for, and which really illuminates the group's enigmatic records, as well as work by the related Slapp Happy too. A massive book – almost 500 pages, with copious notes, and a fair bit of black and white photos. Book

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Jim Sherraden/Elek Horvath/Paul KingsburyHatch Show Print – The History Of A Great American Poster Shop (hardcover) ... Book
Chronicle, 2001. New Copy ... $11.99 45.00
A beautiful book about the long life and lovely creations of the Hatch Show Print shop in Nashville – an institution that's well over 100 years old, and which has a fantastic legacy in music, film, and other advertising modes! The book is full color, and tells the history of the shop while also providing a huge range of its creations – starting with early advertisements for live shows, sensational posters for movies, and some especially important ads for country music stars, once Music City really got going in the postwar years! The book is hardcover, 160 pages, and full color throughout. Book

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Ishii 'EC' Shizuo/Katsuaki HosokawaTechnics SL-1200 ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2019. New Copy ... $24.99
A loving tribute to the Technics 1200 – one of the most important turntables of all time, given its role in hip hop and a heck of a lot of other important styles too! The book is mostly in Japanese, and is more text than some other Japanese books we stock – but there are reproductions of old ads for the turntable, and a nice photo section at the end – with different models that go all the way back to 1970, and photos of important DJs in action. There's plenty to read here if you can read Japanese – and a smattering of images and other visual elements if you don't. 223 pages, softcover. Book

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✨✧ Paul SteinbeckMessage To Our Folks – The Art Ensemble of Chicago ... Book
University Of Chicago, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the genius of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago – one of the coolest, most compelling groups to emerge in the great wave of avant jazz in the late 60s – and one who continued to give the world a lifetime legacy of groundbreaking music! There's been plenty written on the group over the years, but author Paul Steinbeck really takes things further – by bringing his own musicological training to play with the performances of the group – expanding our understanding of their sounds with rich interpretation of key moments – balanced out nicely by a fuller history of the group and its individual members – and their importance both on the American and global jazz scenes during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The book is a very hefty read – 346 pages, with a fair bit of notes and references that show the huge amount of work that the author put into the project. 346 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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John F SzewdSpace Is The Place – The Lives Of Sun Ra ... Book
Duke University Press, 1997. New Copy ... About April 30, 2020
A wonderful biography of one of the most colorful and significant figures in modern music. There's no need for us to go into the impact Sun Ra's music has made in the realm of the sort of records our pages are filled with, in spite of the mainstream musical audience's ignorance of his vast and important oeuvre, but the story of his life is equally as engrossing. Szwed has done an impressive job of unearthing loads of details about Ra's life, with extensive interviews with many of the artists with whom he collaborated as well as many nice bits from Ra himself, taken from a wealth of sources. Essential reading for all fans of contemporary improvised musics! Book

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✨✧ Ken Tsukamoto & Yusuke OgawaIndependent Black Jazz Of America (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2014. New Copy Book ... Out Of Stock
A really important book for any fan of American spiritual jazz of the 70s – a mixture of essays and discographies, with a focus on some of the best labels of the scene – including Strata East, Black Jazz, Tribe, Nimbus, and many others – plus some key entries from overseas as well! The book follows in the format of other Japanese discographies – with core text in Japanese, but entries for the records with details in English, including players and release information as well – and cover scans of both the front and back covers of the original records. The book is a treasure trove of information on these obscure, independent releases – and offers complete discographical information on the core labels, then sections on very tiny American, Japanese, and European labels as well! 272 pages, softcover, with full color images. Book

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Tom WolfArtistic Journey Of Yasuo Kuniyoshi (hardcover) ... Book
Smithsonian, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 59.95
A lovely introduction to the work of Yasuo Kuniyoshi – a Japanese-born artist whose most important creations took place on the American scene of the 20s and 30s, a good number of which are included in this volume! The book is partly biography and critical assessment of Kuniyoshi's work, by author Tom Wolf – but there's also a very big section of full color images, with dozens of paintings that work together beautifully – almost surreal at times, but with a more naturalistic quality that sets Kuniyoshi apart from other modernists of midcentury. The book begins with Yasuo's paintings of the 20s, runs through the 40s, to a time when the US government had him declared as an "enemy alien", through later works in ink and paint. Book is hardcover, 175 pages, and full color. Book
 
 
 



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