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DJ Shadow & Cut ChemistRenegades Of Rhythm – DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Play Afrika Bambaataa (tour book) ... Book
Boo Hooray, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 39.98
A sweet little tour book commemorating DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's Renegades Of Rhythm tour – and one that features a wealth of rare images from the early days of hip hop – of old gig flyers, records, drawings, acetates, and more! The most incredible fact about the tour itself, is that Shadow and Chemist don't just spin records that Bambaataa himself spun back in the day, but they're literally spinning Bambaataa's own record collection – having been granted access by the man himself. As part of that, the book is a document of the record collection, and other items in Bam's archives – very much a document of old school hip hop – with text by DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, and Afrika Bambaataa. The book is 78 pages – done in kind of a DIY style that makes it all the more appealing – with a beautiful hand silk-screened cover with by Paul Insect, and featuring full color scans of many of the actual records. The overall aesthetic is somewhere in the Wax Poetics mode, although maybe a bit less slick – and some of the drawings remind us of work by Mingering Mike. Book
(Limited to 2500 copies!)
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✨✧ Manabu YuasaSun Ra Disc Guide ... Book
Ele-King (Japan), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A Japanese book on the music of Sun Ra – one that takes the form of a long essay in Japanese text, but which also features images of many recordings too! The book's less of a discography than other "disc guide" books from Japan – and is critical writing on Ra's recordings with the Arkestra, in Japanese, with sections on Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia periods of the group – accompanied by dozens of black and white reproductions of record covers. The text takes up most of the boo, but the whole thing's a lovely relic if you dig Sun Ra as much as we do – and the back includes a discography of Arkestra recordings, mostly in English. Book
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Mary Ameri & Torsten SchmidtFor The Record – Conversations With People Who Have Shaped The Way We Listen To Music (hardcover) ... Book
Gestalten (Germany), 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 39.95
A very cool project from the Red Bull Music Academy – a surprisingly strong force in recent years for bringing together a range of different musical strands! The book features pairings of two different artists or musicians – each talking with the other about their music, the process of creation, and a range of different topics too – all on large, full-color pages that present the text in artbook style – which makes the whole thing as much of a visual joy as it is a musical one! Conversations include Bernard Purdie talking with Jaki Liebezeit, Martyn Ware and Nile Rodgers, Joao Barbosa with Mulatu Astatke & Kalaf Angelo, Benny Ill with Moritz Von Oswald, Matais Aguayo with Sly & Robbie, Ben UFO with DJ Harvey, Erykah BAdu with The Underachievers, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Nik Void, and Modeselektor with Mykki Balanco. There's also a range of additional essays, too – penned by some of the above, as well as Patrick Adams, Adrian Sherwood, Lee Scratch Perry, and others – and the book is massive – hardcover, oversize, and a heavy 396 pages. Book

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Bento AraujoLindo Sonho Delirante Vol 2 – 100 Psychedelic Records From Brazil – 1976 To 1985 ... Book
Poeira Zine (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ... About December 1, 2018
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Stretch Armstrong/Evan AuerbachNo Sleep – NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999 ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2016. New Copy ... About December 1, 2017 (delayed)
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Masato AsouSamba – Selected 500 Over Titles Of Discs – Dig Disc Guide Series ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2005. New Copy ... $24.99
An excellent dig through the world of rare samba records from Brazil – a Japanese book that's put together in the same style as some of the boss and jazz discographies from that scene! The mission here is simple and clear – a way of presenting key samba records and rare gems – with listings for hundreds of unusual albums you might never know about otherwise – even if, like us, you've got a huge collection of Brazilian music at home! The book lists over 500 albums, all with images of the record covers (most in color), along with release date, label, and other information – plus Japanese text that offers a review. The cover images and other details can be read by anyone, even if you don't know Japanese characters – and there's a huge amount to learn from the book – which divides the music into chapters "old school 1", "old school 2", "samba soul", "middle school", "mellow samba", and "new school" – which will further help you understand the music and its distinctions. 188 pages, most in color! Book

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✨✧ Jake AustenFlying Saucers Rock 'N' Roll – Conversations With Unjustly Obscure Rock 'N' Soul Eccentrics (paperback) ... Book
Duke University Press, 2011. New Copy Book ... $5.99 24.95
The best (truly – they got this book right) of Roctober gets a classy rock 'n' soul book compilation from Duke University Press – an incredible collection of interviews that were featured over the years in the great DIY magazine over the years! Interviews with musical legends who should be household names (a few of which are) and infamous figures alike, from soul, R&B and jump blues to country, garage rock and beyond – including Oscar Brown, Jr., David Allan Coe, The Fast, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Sam The Sham, The Good Rats and many more – plus images and illustrations from the pages of Roctober. Flying Saucers Rock 'N' Roll is edited by Roctober main man Jake Austin, who also penned many of the original pieces, along with James Porter, Ken Burke, Mike Maltese, Dan Sorenson, Jonathan Poletti. Forward by Steve Albini. Paperback, 290 pages. Book

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✨✧ Marcus BaramGil Scott Heron – Pieces Of A Man (hardcover) ... Book
St Martins, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A vivid biography of one of our favorite musical talents of all time – filled with details about the life and struggles of Gil Scott-Heron that we might never have learned otherwise! If you know these pages, then you'll definitely know Gil's music – a groundbreaking mix of jazz, soul, and politics that really shaped the black identity in the 70s – but despite the fame of those records, there's a lot more behind the man and his music – and author Marcus Baram really does a great job of getting to the heart of things. The book is especially useful in tracing the path to Scott-Heron's recordings of the 70s, and his own perception of his performance and process – and the whole thing remains detailed over the course of Gil's too-short 62 years on this planet. 305 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Jennifer Bass/Pat Kirkham20 Iconic Film Posters By Saul Bass ... Book
Laurence King (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 29.95
Fantastic film posters from the legendary Saul Bass – a book that features each image on oversized pages – each of which is heavy cardboard, so that the whole thing's like a special folio of 20 different posters! You might know the image on the cover – Bass' famous poster for The Man With The Golden Arm – and inside the book are 19 more equally striking images – for films by directors that include Otto Preminger and John Frankenheimer – graced with beautiful images by Bass! Posters include The Shining, Seconds, The Magnificent Seven, Bonjour Tristesse, Bunny Lake Is Missing, Such Good Friends, Love In The Afternoon, The Fixer, Grand Prix, Vertigo, Advise & Consent, Spartacus, Big Country, Schindler's List, and the classic image for Anatomy Of A Murder. Each page is 12" x 16" – and on heavy cardboard! Book

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Peter BenjaminsonMary Wells – The Tumultuous Life Of Motown's First Superstar (hardcover) ... Book
Chicago Review Press, 2012. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
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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Harry BensonBeatles – On The Road 1964 to 1966 (hardcover) ... Book
Taschen, 2017. New Copy ... $24.99 39.99
The rowdy road antics of the legendary Fab Four – captured here in a wealth of candid shots during their last two years of global touring – and presented here in glorious black and white! Photographer Harry Benson had unfettered access to the group during these years – and the range of shots is wonderful – from triumphant stage moments, to goofy candid shots, to some especially moving moments when it was clear the members of the group had completely forgotten about the presence of the camera. This oversized book presents each image on large, glossy pages – and the heavy volume is 270 pages in all, hardcover, and done in the best Taschen style! Book

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Jennifer Otter BickerdikeWhy Vinyl Matters – A Manifesto From Musicians & Fans (hardcover) ... Book
Antique Collectors Club, 2017. New Copy ... About June 15, 2018
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✨✧ Steven BlushNew York Rock – From The Rise Of The Velvet Underground To The Fall Of CBGB ... Book
St Martins, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 34.99
That's quite a cover photo on the book – and the interweaving of key talents in the image really gets at the style of the narrative within! Author Steven Blush delivers a decidedly one-sided document of the New York scene from the late 60s onward – a picture of countless creative musicians, working alongside each other to create sounds that would go onto transform a generation – often in ways that were strongly inspired by the city itself. The book is less of a long story, than a history that encapsulates moments, focuses on figures – and even lays out groups in some index-styled passages – showing their strengths and weaknesses, and often augmenting the text with countless comments from singers and musicians who were part of the scene. In a manner similar to other rock books in recent years, Blush allows plenty of space for other folks' voices – sometimes almost making the whole thing feel like an oral history of the New York scene, but one that's directed by his own choices and sense of structure. The softcover book is almost 500 pages long, and has a fair bit of black and white photos too. Book
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Victor BockrisTransformer – The Complete Lou Reed Story ... Book
Harper (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 18.00
Lou Reed gave us some mighty fascinating music over his many years of recording – and the man himself also led an equally fascinating life – one that's covered here in very great detail, in a hefty biography that begins with Reed's troubled life as a child, to his early years moving between inspirations in literature and music, to his rise in fame with the Velvet Underground and role as one of the key underground New York figures for decades to come! The author gets at the way that Reed's always managed to challenge expectations while still remaining loyal to both himself and his friends and associates – a humanistic legacy that's almost as great as Lou's music itself. 500 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Carrie BoretzStreet – New York City – 70s, 80s, 90s (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2017. New Copy ... About October 24, 2017 (delayed)
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Robin BougieGraphic Thrills Vol 2 – American XXX Movie Posters 1970 to 1985 ... Book
Fab (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $10.99 29.95
A beautiful document of the golden years of adult cinema – a book that not only features dozens of vintage posters from the 70s, but also offers up a surprising amount of information as well! The package has a great balance – plenty of history and background on feature-length erotic films, as well as some fantastic images that were used to market them – posters that are often not nearly as graphic as the films, because they were often put up in public, usually at theaters that were also showing normal movies too! Author Robin Bougie must have spent plenty of time at the movies back in the day – as the book's filled with very detailed descriptions of many different films – delivered in a way that's got as much sense of humor as it does attention to detail. 143 pages, softcover, and in full color. And in case you're worried, most of the images here seem to be relatively softcore – with much less nudity than you'd guess. Book

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✨✧ Jean A BoydDance All Night – Those Other Southern Swing Bands Past & Present ... Book
Texas Tech University Press, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 39.95
A massive look at the world of western swing in the 30s and 40s – a huge book that really gets past the big names, as you might guess from the "other" in the title! The first big part of the volume looks at southwestern swing bands up to the end of WWII – with individual chapters on sections of Texas and Oklahoma, which are then broken down into sections on the groups – bands led by Jimmy Heap, Billy Boyd, Roy Newman, Ocie Stockard, Doug Bine, and many others. The second section looks at bands after the war – with sections on repertory bands and crossover bands – the last of which even leads up to a few more contemporary groups. There's also a whole section on transcriptions with analysis – and lots of pictures near the end too. 361 pages, softcover. Book

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Jonathan BrandLower East & Upper West – New York City Photographs 1957 to 1968 (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2017. New Copy Book ... About December 12, 2017 (delayed)
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Joshua Clegg CafferyTraditional Music In Coastal Louisiana – The 1934 Lomax Recordings (hardcover) ... Book
Louisiana State University, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 45.95
A detailed look at one of the most compelling strands of the legendary field recordings of Alan Lomax – his 1934 foray into the rich musical culture of Southern Louisiana! Although some of the Lomax recordings have been brought out and examined under the spotlight in just about every way possible, these recordings have remained a bit more obscure – and finally get full exposure here – in a detailed volume that moves through each recording one by one, presenting the artist, the setting, the lyrics, and a larger critical examination of the work – almost like some giant book-length presentation of liner notes for the 1934 Louisiana field recordings. Not for the feint of heart, but if you've got interest in the farther reaches of cajun music, you'll find plenty here to love – as the hardcover book is 346 pages, and overflowing with notes and information. Book

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Gary Calamar & Phil GalloRecord Store Days – From Vinyl To Digital & Back Again (paperback) ... Book
Sterling, 2010. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
Somebody's finally gone out and written a book about one subject we can really get behind – the Record Store – and not only that, they've done a beautiful job with the entire package too! The book takes a look at the importance of the record store – not just historically, but culturally as well – with an especially important focus on the need for stores in the digital age, as a way of keeping both the music, and interest in the music, alive and well for generations to come! As you might guess from the subtitle, authors Calamar and Gallo have a bit of an agenda in their portrait – but they really pave the way with some great recollections of record stores past, incredible bits not just from folks who owned and worked in stores, but also from famous shoppers, artists, and collectors too. And even cooler, the book is filled with lots of great photographs – wonderful images of old stores in color and black and white, plus lots of great sidebar bits that help draw a focus on key issues in record retail. If you, like us, get a bit of a rush every time you walk into a record store, then you'll be sure to get an equal rush from this book – a wonderful tome that's one we can send home to our parents, and finally show them we've got a career worth a bit of respect! 238 pages, hardcover, and really beautifully done. Book

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✨✧ Rob ChapmanPsychedelia & Other Colours (hardcover) ... Book
Faber & Faber (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 36.00
An incredibly dense book on the psychedelic scene of the 60s – a huge volume that not only looks at an impressive array of music, but also the wider trippy culture, too – but all with a level of text that goes far beyond most of the thinner volumes on the period! Many of the chapter titles refer to key musical texts, but then quickly extrapolate from those moments – soaring out from "I Am The Blackgold Of The Sun", "The Greta Garbo Home For Wayward Boys & Girls", and "Painting With Light" – and looking at psychedelia on both sides of the Atlantic in the 60s, with lots of surprising insights along the way. Despite a very vivid cover, the book itself is all text, no images – a hefty 638 pages, hardcover, and a very deep read! Book

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Melissa Chiu/Michelle YunNam June Paik – Becoming Robot (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 65.00
A heady look at the life and work of Nam June Paik – the man who virtually invented video art at the end of the 60s, and went on to work in a range of other amazing media too! The core of the book features images from a large retrospective of Paik's career – stills from videos, drawings, sculptures, robots, and a range of other unusual items – plus photographs of so many of those important "moments" that graced Paik's career – those creative outbursts that could never be hung on a living room wall, nor resold over the years. There's some great shots of famous collaborations with cellist Charlotte Moorman – plus lots more we'd never seen too. The book also features essays on Paik by Bill Viola, Yoko Ono, and others – plus a few other writings on his work – and even a section of his own words too. Harcover, full color, and 190 pages. Book

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A Alyce Claerbaut/David SchlesingerStrayhorn – An Illustrated Life (hardcover) ... Book
Bolden, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 35.00
A beautiful tribute to one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century – Duke Ellington's longtime musical partner, the mighty Billy Strayhorn! The book presents Billy's life and music in a really great format – using songs as sidebars amidst the larger text – which is then illustrated with a huge amount of beautiful oversized photos, reproductions of scores, and other great images! There's also additional sidebars on Strayhorn from jazz peers who include Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, and many others – and the book has this wonderfully vivid approach that really does the creative genius as much justice on the page as he's gotten on record. 196 pages, hardcover, and filled with great images! Book

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✨✧ Alan ClaysonSerge Gainsbourg – A View From The Exterior ... Book
Sanctuary (UK), 1998. New Copy Book ... $2.99 12.95
One of the few English language looks we've ever seen at the music of Serge Gainsbourg – a well-penned biography that covers all of his classic years in a fair bit of detail! Author Alan Clayson does a good job of paying as much attention to the music as he does to Serge's celebrity – defining elements that make particular records or musical moments so great – and never getting too bogged down in the more sensational elements of Gainsbourg's life. We really appreciate that – as Serge has always had plenty to offer way past the headlines – and if anything, he's probably best remembered in this century for his key musical contributions much more than his public life. There's a bunch of black and white photos in the middle of the book, but the rest is text – and the softcover edition runs for 244 pages, with a helpful index of Gainsbourg compositions in the back! Book

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✨✧ Elvis CostelloUnfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (hardcover) ... Book
Penguin Books, 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 30.00
A wonderfully-written autobiography from Elvis Costello – a book that's not only completely illuminating for any fan of his music, but which stands quite strongly on his own, even if you're not a longtime fan of the man himself! The volume almost sets a new standard for musician autobiographies – as Costello approaches the project with the sort of zeal he's brought to his new "second role" in popular culture over the past few decades – that of being as much of a raconteur as a singer, as much as a spotlight on other genius as he is a genius himself – always handled with the sense of pointed prose and honesty you'd find in his music. The book is huge – and filled with black and white photos too. A heavy 672 pages, and hardcover. Book
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Brian B+ CrossGhost Notes – Music Of The Unplayed (hardcover) ... Book
University Of Texas Press, 2017. New Copy ... $27.99 45.00
Fantastic photographs from B+ – an artist you might know for his important work in Wax Poetics, or his excellent album cover material – a creative talent who's grown tremendously over the years – and who's finally given his due in this beautiful book! The package is small, but deep – about the size of a 7" single, but with hundreds of pages of Cross' images – including shots of funky legends like David Axelrod or Shuggie Otis, images of LA street culture, and even photos from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, and other farther-flung locales visited by B+ in his never-ending pursuit of global cultures! Cross gets plenty of props upfront – as the book features introductory text by both Greg Tate and Jeff Chang – but even without those notes, the hundreds of photos here are more than enough – stunning images that link the past and the future, and cross many boundaries in the process. 336 pages, hardcover, and full color throughout. Book

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Stanley CrouchKansas City Lightning – The Rise & Times Of Charlie Parker ... Book
Harper Perennial, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 16.99
The story of Charlie Parker is often draped in hyperbole and exaggeration – which is why it's extra great that this biography is handled by Stanley Crouch – one of the few writers we could trust to get past the hype and really find a way to link Parker's life and music! As you might guess from the title, the book spends a lot of time looking at Bird's early years in Kansas City – and draws a great portrait of that vivid environment in the years between the wars, which is almost as enthralling as the information on Parker himself. Crouch writes with a great sense of story, as well – and he holds us rapt throughout, going way past any of the over-told tales from later years. 365 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book
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Nicholas Cullinan with Zadie Smith & Margo JeffersMichael Jackson – On The Wall ... Book
National Portrait Gallery, 2018. New Copy ... About September 1, 2018
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Antoine De BeaupreArt & Vinyl (hardcover) ... Book
Fraenkel Gallery, 2018. New Copy Book ... About April 28, 2018 (delayed)
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✨✧ Disc GuideStax Records Guide Book – Blues & Soul Edition ... Book
Space Shower (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $32.99
A really cool guide to the music of Stax Records – done by a Japanese publisher, but with lots of full color images of classic records, along with song listings and other details in English! The style is similar to Japanese jazz and Brazilian discographies – as there's also short reviews of each of the albums in Japanese text – but the visual component of the book is pretty universal, and it's great to have song titles listed for so many classic Stax albums too! The book is broken up into "blue" and "yellow" periods – with Atlantic Records, and post-Atlantic – and each are divided up into artists sections, with listings for those artists on Stax. There's loads of photos, rare label scans, and even looks at some of the later Stax collections that have been so influential over the years. And again, lots of the text is in Japanese – but there's plenty here that will be appealing even if you can't read the language. 206 pages, full color, with listings for hundreds of records! Book

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KJ DonnellyMagical Musical Tour – Rock & Pop In Film Soundtracks ... Book
Bloomsbury, 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 29.95
For most of the early years of cinema, soundtracks were dominated by orchestrations that were composed for the movies – or by publisher catalog tunes that were packaged for the films. But as the rock years approached, film scoring took on a whole different aspect – as performers were invited to contribute exclusive material for a movie – and opened the door to a whole new sort of film soundtrack style! This book takes a strong look at those years, with an especially keen eye for changes in the 60s and 70s – in a journey that begins with the first big films of The Beatles, then moves onto the "psychedelic screen" of the late 60s, into a whole chapter on the film music of Pink Floyd – followed by sections on blacksploitation, rockumentaries, and even hip hop cinema. 206 pages, softcover. Book

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Daryl EasleaStory Of The Supremes (hardcover) ... Book
V&A (UK), 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 19.95
A mostly visual story of The Supremes – one that has just a bit of text, and lots and lots of vintage images – from rare photos to album covers, to lots of cool shots from performances and TV appearances! The book is beautiful – as vivid as the music of the famous Motown trio themselves – and it offers a mix of color with black and white images, all very artfully done – as a way to illuminate the group way past their standard images. 96 pages, hardcover. Book

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Adrienne EdwardsJason Moran (paperback) ... Book
Walker Art Center, 2018. New Copy ... About April 28, 2018 (delayed)
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James Ellroy & Glynn MartinLAPD 53 (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams, 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
A killer book by mystery writer James Ellroy – one that hits a "true crime" mode by combining Ellroy's words with vintage crime photos from 1953 – all to show a very gritty side of postwar LA! The book is beautiful – and offers Wee Gee-like photos of crime scenes, mixed with Ellroy's vibrant prose – all to make the city come alive in ways that are even more striking than any of the author's works of fiction. The project was done for the Los Angeles Police Museum, and also features words by Glynn Martin – who spent many decades on the force himself. 203 pages, hardcover, in glorious black and white! Book

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Mike EvansVinyl – The Art Of Making Records – The Grooves, The Labels, The Designs (hardcover) ... Book
Sterling, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 24.95
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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Robin Jaffee FrankConey Island – Visions Of An American Dreamland 1861 to 2008 (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2015. New Copy ... $16.99 35.00
Coney Island is a hell of a place – a refuge for New Yorkers for over 100 years, and still pretty amazing today – with a surprisingly strong legacy that also includes the park's influence on more serious artists over the decades, a legacy that's presented beautifully in this oversize book! The volume's not a glossy presentation of the tourist mecca – but instead a very well-done, well-researched art book – featuring paintings, photographs, film stills, and other images that show the way that Coney Island figured in the larger high art community in and around New York – representations by folks as diverse as Weegee, Woody Allen, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Davidson, Reginald Marsh, and dozens of others. The large book is a monograph for a museum exhibit, but clearly goes far beyond the event – and also features text by Charles Musser, Robin Jaffee Frank, Josh Glick, and others. 286 heavy hardcover pages – with color and black and white images throughout! Book

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Mavis GallantFairly Good Time (with Green Water Green Sky) ... Book
New York Review Of Books, 1959/1970. New Copy ... $4.99 16.95
Two novels from Mavis Gallant – the Canadian writer who spent most of her important years in Paris, from which she sent countless short pieces to the New Yorker! Fairly Good Time is one of the longest works from Gallant's Paris years – the story of a Canadian widow in the city, uncomfortably navigating its society, while often turning inward – in prose that moves between familiar dialogue and narrative through correspondence and other short pieces of text that are juxtaposed with the story. Throughout it all, there's a restless sense of anxiety from the main character – which drives the book ahead with a surprisingly strong pace. Also included here is Green Water Green Sky – one of Gallant's first novels – set amidst Venice, Cannes, and Paris in the postwar years. 376 pages, with an introduction by Peter Orner. Book
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David F GarciaArsenio Rodriguez & The Transnational Flows Of Latin Popular Music ... Book
Temple, 2006. New Copy ... $6.99 30.95
A very detailed look at Arsenio Rodriguez – the Cuban legend who was a key part of the development of Latin music in both Havana and New York! The volume is quite well-researched, and looks at Arsenio with a lot more information than we've ever seen – in chapters that almost feel like self-contained essays that look at various sounds and styles in his career, as well as a concluding examination of his impact on salsa and other Latin styles. The book also has a huge discography at the end, with way more information than we might have expected – even a listing of rare 78rpm recordings too! 210 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Justin GiffordStreet Poison – The Biography Of Iceberg Slim (hardcover) ... Book
Doubleday, 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 26.95
The legendary Iceberg Slim has given us plenty of his own story over the years – but this book is the first to look at the man behind the man – writer Robert Beck, who started as a pimp and became a surprisingly successful author – as well as an underground figure who inspired a later generation of hip hop artists as well! If you've ever read any of Slim's books, you'll know the world that he came from – but author Justin Gifford gets past the hype of the character, and looks at Beck's background and upbringing, his sometimes less-than-successful career as a hustler, and his move to convey the spirit of the streets on paper. Gifford's an academic, but presents the book in a nicely lively style – and the whole thing is hardcover, 265 pages, with some black and white images. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Cary GinellEvolution Of Mann – Herbie Mann & The Flute In Jazz ... Book
Hal Leonard, 2014. New Copy ... $4.99 18.99
A pretty deep look at one of the more important jazz stylists of mid-century – even if he wasn't always given his due! The flute had been used in jazz a bit before Herbie Mann came around, but the musician really helped push the instrument strongly forward – first in bop and chamber jazz modes in the 50s, then in a host of soul-drenched albums for Atlantic Records in the 60s – which went on to have huge influence in worlds that went way beyond jazz! This book does a great job of looking at Herbie's career from the very earliest days, and taking note of all the important contributions and influences over the years – with way more detail than we ever knew about, at a level that's having us re-appreciate him all over again. 200 pages, softcover, with some images. 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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Burt GlinnBeat Scene – Unseen Images Of The Beats – Photographs By Burt Glinn (hardcover) ... Book
Reel Art, 2018. New Copy ... About May 22, 2018 (delayed)
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Edward GrazdaMean Streets – NYC 1970 to 1985 (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2017. New Copy ... About October 10, 2017 (delayed)
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Hans Herbert GrimmSchlump ... Book
New York Review Of Books, 1928. New Copy ... $2.99 16.95
A legendary German novel from the 20s – originally published anonymously, and a mix of fact and fiction from writer Hans Herbert Grimm! Main character Schlump has a cynical eye towards the happenings of WWI – part of the moment, and tied up in it – but also always working his own agenda in an unbridled landscape of terror and fantasy. Grimm's voice here is a bit like that of Celine during WWII – fully aware of all the tragedy, but trying to survive it through a mix of humor, hyperbole, and anti-heroism. The book is 279 pages, translated by Jamie Bulloch, and with an afterward by Volker Weidermann. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Groove Presents45 RPM Cover Museum By Muro (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2011. New Copy ... $34.99
A totally great book for 7" collectors – especially if you dig unusual picture sleeves! The book was put together by DJ Muro – an artist we've come to love for his work on mixes and compilations, but who's also well-known for his massive record collection, too – one that's certainly informed his music, but which stands well enough on its own – as you'll see in the book! For the volume, Muro brought together rare 7" picture sleeve images – all in a full-color, 7" package that's just the size of a vintage 45 – so that flipping the pages is almost like sifting through a stack of singles. Most of the images are from rare Japanese and Asian pressings – which means that you'll see unusual covers for funk, soul, soundtrack, and other groovy music styles of the 70s and 80s. Some of the images are odd variations on the American LP covers, and others are completely unique – and together, they provide a fascinating visual document that's sure to please any collector of rare singles. Almost 250 pages, full color! Book

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David GrubbsNow That The Audience Is Assembled ... Book
Duke University Press, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
A beautiful book-length prose poem from David Grubbs – an artist that some know as a musician, some as a singer, and some as a writer for his previous essential volume on improvised music! The book is very narrative – and tells this dream-like story of a musician faced with the need to figure out and assemble an instrument in front of a crowd of waiting listeners – who themselves get roped into the action as the story moves on – all in a way that almost reminds us of the Little Nemo In Slumberland work from Windsor MacKay! The writing is wonderful – and balances moments of action with passages of reflection – all while examining the relationship between musician and listener, in a way that's as eminently readable as it is theoretical – and is maybe a secret look at the nightmares that all performers must get as the years go by. The wit of Grubbs' lyrics come through beautifully in the writing – and like the artist himself, the book is as down to earth as it is filled with new ideas and pathways for continuous creative activity! 142 pages, softcover. Book

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Agustin Gurza/Jonathan Clark/Chris StrachwitzArhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection Of Mexican & Mexican American Recordings ... Book
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 19.95
A fascinating look at the world of Mexican music in the 20th Century – put together in collaboration with Arhoolie Records, the label that's done plenty to reissue the music over the years! The book begins with the huge archive of recordings by the label's founder, Chris Strachwitz – then takes off in a number of different streams – providing historical context, critical evaluation, and even some discographical details – in the form of various lists and sections of music. The book looks at some key styles too – including corridos and mariachi, traced both through Mexican recordings, and US singles by Mexican-Americans – and the whole thing is only the tip of the iceberg, in relation to the 40,000 recordings that have been digitized by the University Of California Library as part of the project. Still, there's plenty here to get you started – a huge amount of information that's even more inspirational than some of Arhoolie's great reissues over the years – in an oversized book that's 226 pages, softcover, with many black and white images too. Book

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David HajduLove For Sale – Pop Music In America (hardcover) ... Book
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 27.00
Author David Hajdu has given us some great books on Bob Dylan and Billy Strayhorn – and written some excellent work on comics, too – and here, he takes on the development of pop music in the 20th Century, with a nicely wide-ranging ear that follows changes from early blues, through the late 70s years of punk rock and disco, to the contemporary world of hip hop and digital music! The book is less of a complete history than it is a musical pathway, structured along some well-chosen keystones – not just artists and creators, but factors like transistor radios, sheet music, record charts, and other forces that were equally important to the growth of new sounds. This latter aspect of the book is especially illuminating – moreso in the face of the too-familiar path of the creative giants, which sometimes overlooks the other forces that were impacting music from the sidelines. Book is 307 pages, nicely dense, and hardcover. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Takayuki HamadaChronique Michel Legrand – De Ses Debuts A Aujourd'hui ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $32.99
A beautiful book on the decades of recorded output from one of our favorite composers ever – the legendary Michel Legrand – an artist known to most folks for his famous soundtracks of the 60s and 70s – but also a jazz musician, singer, and even a very groovy instrumental arranger! All those many aspects of Legrand's music are brought together here wonderfully – in a rich discography that's done in a similar style to some of the Japanese jazz discographies in our racks – but with maybe even a wider-ranging approach, given that Legrand's records were issued in so many countries over so many years! The style here is familiar if you know those other discographies – each record gets a listing with a reproduction of the cover in color, plus release date, label, catalog number, and even songs and other details. The book also features short reviews of many of the records, and longer text on Legrand – all of which is in Japanese – but the volume also balances things out beautifully for non-Japanese readers, with lots of photos and other beautiful images. The soundtrack section is especially great, as it also includes lots of rare singles and EP releases – and the book also features chapters on Legrand's jazz work, his vocal releases, live records, collaborations, musicals, and arrangements for a huge amount of singers. There's even a special sleeve gallery at the back, with lots more rare album covers in full color – and even a listing of all his scores for films. A beautiful book if you love Michel Legrand as much as we do – 255 pages, with loads of beautiful full color images! Book

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✨✧ David HamsleyTo Disco With Love – The Records That Defined An Era (hardcover) ... Book
Flatiron Books, 2015. New Copy ... $6.99 19.99
Way more than just a simple book of record cover images – and instead a love letter to the sound and style of the disco generation – put together from classic album artwork, and augmented by thoughtful musings by the author! The book features full color reproductions of over 250 album covers from the disco years – laid out in a rough narrative that focuses on the origins and growth of the music, but also maps out special trends in artwork and style as well – including a run into the post-disco years of the early 80s, to show how the aesthetic was transformed by new musical modes. 195 pages, hardcover, and full color throughout! Book
(The spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Jim HeimannDark City – The Real Los Angeles Noir ... Book
Taschen, New Copy ... About April 1, 2018 (delayed)
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David & Joe HenryFurious Cool – Richard Pryor & The World That Made Him (hardcover) ... Book
Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 25.95
A surprisingly insightful Richard Pryor biography from interesting pair of biographers – brothrers David and Joe Henry! David Henry is a screenwriter, his brother Joe Henry is from the music world – known for his own artful singer-songwriter work, and especially his production work, for diverse artists ranging from Ani DeFranco, to Bettye Lavette! The book as as much of an exploration of the world around Richard, and the one that resulted from his immensive influence, as it is a straight biography, and it's worthy read! Hardcover, 298 pages. Book
(Small remainder mark on spine.)

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Jens HoffmannSonic Rebellion – Music As Resistance (paperback) ... Book
Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit, 2018. New Copy Book ... About April 24, 2018 (delayed)
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