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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
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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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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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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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Jennifer Bass/Pat KirkhamSaul Bass – A Life In Film & Design (hardcover) ... Book
Laurence King (UK), 2011. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible look at one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century – graphic genius Saul Bass – whose work you'll know from film posters, book covers, advertisements, and other mainstream sources – all outlets that Bass transformed into artwork with his magical touch! The book is huge – oversized, and well over 400 pages – with hundreds of color images of the work of Saul – variations on famous posters, pages from books, film stills, and even a very cool section that shows the different transformations of corporate logos that Bass performed in the 60s and 70s! The heavy volume is as much of an art book as it is a study of the genius at work – and the whole thing's put together at a graphic level that really does justice to the mighty Saul Bass legacy. 422 pages, full color, hardcover, and oversize. 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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Lawrence BlockBorderline (hardcover) ... Book
Hard Case Crime (UK), 1958. New Copy ... $4.99 23.99
Early pulp from mystery writer Lawrence Block – pulled from a time when he was just getting started, and wasn't afraid to use the sort of grittier styles that were popular in magazine fiction of the period! The story is set on the Tex/Mex border, in Juarez and El Paso – and in a way, has some of the vibe of the film Touch Of Evil – especially in the sense that the main character's in a world where just about anything goes, and which provides a great backdrop to the narrative! The book's got a professional gambler, a sex show worker, and a crazed killer with a razor – and that's only just the tip of the iceberg – as the real charm with Lawrence Block really comes from the way he weaves the whole thing together, with prose that continually leaps of the page, but without any of the outdated cliches of some of his contemporary. This hardcover edition is 249 pages, and also includes three vintage Block stories from his years writing for the pulps. Book
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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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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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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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✨✧ Robbie BuschRock Covers (hardcover) ... Book
Taschen, 2015. New Copy ... $18.99 69.99
A super-huge book of classic album covers from the 60s, 70s, and beyond – not just famous images, like the one pictured on the cover – and instead a very thoughtful collection of rock record shots from both the mainstream and the underground, with an especial eye for the kind of carefully creative images that always make collecting records such a joy! The book is maybe the most massive album cover collection from Taschen – over 550 pages, full color throughout, and super-heavy – with images of rock records in all different styles, plus thoughtful text on most images, interviews with some classic cover designers (including Miriam and Billy of Norton Records), and even some top 10 lists from famous record collectors. Book

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✨✧ Katherine A Bussard/Alison Fisher/Greg Foster RiceCity Lost & Found – Capturing New York, Chicago, & Los Angeles – 1960 to 1980 (hardcover) ... Book
Princeton University, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 50.00
American cities were going through tremendous changes in the 60s and 70s – changes that not only had an impact on local citizens, businesses, and municipal forces – but also on the art community as well! This book showcases a tremendous response to urban upheaval by artists in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles – presenting images of artworks created during the decades, and also photographic documents of performances, demonstrations, and other creative activities – sometimes juxtaposed against mainstream media, and balanced with a huge amount of text by the authors. The range of material in here is tremendous – the Chicago section alone is mindblowing – and the book also features contributions from other writers who include Paula Massood, Josh Glick, Eric Avila, Max Page, Leslie Wilson, and others. The book is 271 pages, with color and black and white images throughout – and was done in collaboration with the Princeton Art museum. Book

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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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✨✧ Captain ScienceCaptain Science Collected Works – Issues 1 to 7 – November 1950 to July 1951 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1954/1955. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
Maybe just standard space opera comic from the front – but inside, the pages leap with action and wonderful artwork – thanks to the talents of a young Wally Wood, who works here in his pre-EC Comics years alongside other greats who include Joe Orlando, Bill Molno, Myron Fass, and Harry Harrison! The artwork definitely makes the stories pop nicely – and show a sci fi comic really trying to set itself apart – especially in a few of the stories when horror seems to come into play a bit more than space action – pointing the way towards some of the territory that Wood and Orlando would soon handle with their more famous stories. As usual with PS Artbooks, the presentation is great – a heavy, hardcover volume in full color throughout – with seven rare issues of the comic! Book

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Chamber Of ChillsChamber Of Chills Vol 3 – November 1952 to September 1953 – Issues 14-19 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952/1953. New Copy Book ... $9.99 47.99
One of the amazing horror comics published by Harvey Comics in the pre-code years of the early 50s – and a publication that was noted for its wealth of creepy stories and equally chilling images! Harvey may have been the home to Casper the ghost, but on the horror tip they were something else entirely – publisher of some of the most gruesome material in the years before comics got cleaned up in the mid 50s – with some of the best artists as well! Some of these stories are a clear attempt to copy the more famous style of EC Comics, but the Chamber Of Chills material also has a charm that's all its own – a rough approach to stories, which often leads to wonderfully lurid artwork – handled in this volume by Rudy Palais, Lee Elias, Rocke Mastroserio, Bob Powell, Don Perlin, Al Avison, Howard Nostrand, Jack Abel, and others – in stories that include "The Spider Man", "Vengeful Corpse", "Nightmare Of Doom", "The Living Mummies", "Black Passion", "Terrorvision", and more. 256 pages, full color, and hardcover. 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 ... $22.99 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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