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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 ... $32.99
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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Renata AdlerAfter The Tall Timber – Collected Nonfiction (hardcover) ... Book
New York Review Of Books, Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
A fantastic collection of nonfiction work from Renata Adler – a writer we first discovered through her inventive fiction, but one who's got a much greater history as a journalist – including decades of work for the New Yorker and other publications! This huge book brings together some of Adler's best pieces – articles handled with the same key eye and ear as her fiction, especially for the voices of the subjects involved – presented with dialogue that's extremely compelling in many of the works. The book spans the space of decades – and includes Adler on subjects as diverse as prostitution in LA, G Gordon Liddy, Civil Rights in Mississippi, the Six Day War, the Starr Report, violence in film, Biafra, and dozens of others – often snapshots both in history and American cultural struggle, captured beautifully by Adler's prose. The book is 514 pages, hardcover. 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 ... $10.99 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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Kingsley AmisEnding Up ... Book
New York Review Of Books, 1974. New Copy ... $1.99 14.00
Kingsley Amis at his best – working in the kind of modes that almost make him the British literary equivalent to director Mike Leigh – with all of the wit and social sensitivity that might imply! The story is set in an old folks home – Tuppenyhappeny Cottage – and is stocked with a cast of characters that are almost out of Fawlty Towers, but handled with a lot more care and depth of spirit – in that Kingsley Amis way of poking at British society, while also loving it at the same time – or at least loving the challenges it can offer in terms of of navigation. Definitely a comedy, but a lot more too – 113 pages, softcover. Book
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✨✧ Bento AraujoLindo Sonho Delirante – 100 Psychedelic Records From Brazil – 1968 to 1975 ... Book
Poeira Zine (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ... $43.99 64.00
Here's a book that will jump-start your record collection – a beautiful book that features full page cover images of 100 different Brazilian music gems – plus full notes on each record in both English and Portuguese! The book is beautiful – a page with cover art on one side, and the notes on facing page – put together at a level that goes way way past the usual albums you'd expect from the time! Sure, the book includes records by Os Mutantes and Caetano Veloso, but there's lots more obscure albums too – including some records that you might not expect would fit into the "psych" parameters of the package – given that they're usually tied to other styles. Yet the author definitely gets things right – and blows our mind with his selection here, which includes a fair bit of records we've never seen before. 223 pages, full color, softcover, and beautifully put-together! Book

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✨✧ Massato AssoBrasilian Music Disc Collection ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2010. New Copy ... $24.99
A wonderful guide to Brazilian music – one that offers up individual listings for 500 different albums – along with color images of their covers, label, release date, and artist/title information in English characters – plus a review of each record in Japanese! Even if you can't read the Japanese text, there's plenty here to dig if you're interested in Brazilian music – as the choices of records featured are really spot-on – with wonderful selections throughout, grouped into different chapters that focus on different styles – including bossa nova, samba soul, Brazilian funk, MPB, and more – plus a great initial chapter on key artists, with a few records for each. The book is similar to the Musica Loco Mundo books, but with a different twist – and the whole thing is 191 pages, full color, and softcover. Book

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Alice AttieHarlem On The Verge (hardcover) ... Book
Quantuck, 2003. New Copy ... $6.99 35.00
The face of Harlem has been constantly changing for decades – but it may well be facing its greatest change in recent years – as waves of gentrification and development spread uptown in Manhattan, and may well forever alter the landscape of one of the most unique communities in America. Photographer Alice Attie set out to capture that world before it's lost forever – through a series of beautiful full color images – both of its residents and their surroundings, especially the shuttered stores and residences that are facing the wrecking block and coming change. The book is hardcover, 118 pages, and features a framing introduction by Robin DG Kelley. Book

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✨✧ Toshihiro BabaEasy Listening Disc Collection ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $28.99
Finally! The world of easy listening gets its own sort of special disc guides – similar to the kinds of books we've seen for jazz, soul, psych, and other styles over the years! This one focuses on the warmest, mellowest sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s – with listings of 500 different records that are really well-chosen – the kind of special easy listening and instrumental records that get way past the soppy or snoozy – and which are the kinds we've always featured in our Now Sound section. All listings feature an album cover image in color, plus English listings of song titles, label, dates, and a few other specifics – next to a review of the records in Japanese. Like other "disc guide" titles from Japan, there's plenty here to enjoy even if you can't read the language – and this book is especially useful for its focus on CD reissues of these albums, as well as having a true global view of easy sounds too. 1975 pages, softcover, and full color throughout. Book

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Luca BeatriceNothing Is Real – When The Beatles Met The East/Quando I Beatles Incontrarono L'Oriente ... Book
Silvana Editoriale (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... $25.99 35.00
A very cool book on the influence of Eastern spirituality on pop culture at the end of the 60s – one that not only looks at the way The Beatles discovered Indian music and religion, but also the way that moment exploded in so many other directions too! The presentation is great – full color pages that feature a lavish array of album covers, posters, and other artwork – alongside essays that are printed in both English and Italian, with titles that include "From Abbey Road To Himalaya", "Orient", "For A Few Sitars More", and "Journey Between The Milky Way & The Silk Road" – which will give you some idea of the way in which the book explores the influence of the East on the psychedelic and spiritual underground of the late 60s. Very nicely printed – 175 pages, softcover, and full color. Book

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Naomi Beckwith & Dieter RoelstraeteFreedom Principle – Experiments In Art & Music 1965 to Now ... Book
Museum Of Contemporary Art, 2015. New Copy ... $28.99 35.00
A beautiful book from the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Chicago – done in collaboration with a great exhibit on the AACM and AfriCobra arts movements of the 60s! The former is very well-known to Dusty Groove customers – the musical movement that gave focus to the ideas and energies of jazz musicians Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Douglas Ewart, and so many important Chicago talents of the past 50s years. AfriCOBRA was a visual movement, and equally important – and often worked alongside the AACM with similar empowerment and consciousness-raising ideals – presented here in a stunning range of works that include paintings, murals, prints, sculptures, installations, and other striking forms – by artists who include KeRa Upra, Mitchell Caton, Wadsworth Jarrell, Yaounde Olu, Jose Williams, and others – brought together here in a range of beautiful images. The book features way more than the exhibit – including images of older artifacts, such as posters – and essays by curators Naomi Beckwith and Dieter Roelstraete – as well as George Lewis, Rebecca Zorach, and a collective conversation with Tomeka Reid, Hamza Walker, and Romi Crawford. Other great bits include a chronology of creative activity – and a topography of the movements, mapped over Chicago with photos of key locations. 263 pages, softcover, in full color. Book

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Warren BernardCartoons For Victory (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $10.99 34.99
A fantastic collection of World War II-era comic material – including lots of rare work by some of the biggest comic names of the time! Comic art really came into its own as America was entering WWII – the newspaper medium had hit an all-time high, with some of the best art of the century – and the new comic book format was exploding, and would find a huge audience in GIs stationed overseas. Those intertwined fates made for some amazing moments on paper – as comics rallied the forces back home, through well-spirited stories, and characters designed to provide a strong example of America's full potential – a huge propaganda push that not only included obvious folks, like Superman and Captain America – but also Nancy, Little Orphan Annie, and Donald Duck – all of whom had something to say about the war. Yet this book doesn't just stop with comic stories – as it pulls together comic material from advertisements, posters, and other propaganda fronts – with rare work from folks like Milton Caniff, Will Esiner, Al Capp, and other key talents of the time. The book is beautiful – sometimes in two-tone color, sometimes full color – wonderfully laid out, and with lots of supporting text. The hardcover volume is nice and big – almost bigger than the usual art book – and is 254 pages. Book
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Jacques BoyreauSuperTrash – Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... $5.99 29.99
A book that's way more compelling than you'd guess from the title and the cover – especially if you love the lower-reaches of pop culture from the 70s! The book features an essay by the author, but is primarily a random combination of images from a huge host of lesser-known material from the late 60s through the early 80s – b-movie posters, comic book covers, weird advertisements, strange drawings, and more – all laid out with little in the way of explanation, at a page-by-page juxtaposition that makes the whole thing even more startling overall! There's so much unusual stuff here – Cliff Robertson movies we hardly remember at all, beautiful horror magazine covers, and lots more – plus some shots of this material laid out in a Super Trash gallery show. 222 pages, softcover, and full color. Book

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Bryan BurroughDays Of Rage – America's Radical Underground, The FBI, & The Forgotten Age Of Revolutionary Violence (hardcover) ... Book
Penguin Books, 2015. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible look at the first wave of terrorism on American soil – not a threat from overseas, but a huge wave of home-grown acts of violence – spurred on by the farther left forces at the end of the 60s! The huge book is an incredible read – a very well-penned narrative account of the generation that gave us The Weathermen, Black Liberation Army, SLA, and other forces who used explosives to get their message across – working deep underground, but sending big waves through the mainstream with their unpredictable actions and ever-changing political agendas! We lived through most of this time, but hardly ever knew it with the detail that the author brings to his project – and the book does a great job of laying out the different strands as they evolve, then coming back around to show their impact, or lack thereof. 585 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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William S BurroughsPlace Of Dead Roads ... Book
Fourth Estate (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $5.99 11.00
An overlooked gem from beat legend William S Burroughs – a book from the early 80s, a bit later vintage than his initial classics – but one that was also penned at a time when he was completely at home with his style! Plus, Burroughs is also more confident with his subject matter, too – there was obviously less chance of any sort of obscenity issue at the time than back at the start of the 60s – so this book is perhaps a bit more "out" than some of his others, especially given the story's setting in the old west. Yet as you can imagine from Burroughs, the book is anything but a conventional western – and instead explodes with all the sci fi currents and offbeat wit you'd expect. The names of the key characters are almost enough to hint at the vibe of the story – The Nihilistic Kid and The Crying Gun – and the softcover book is 268 pages. Book

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William S BurroughsTicket That Exploded ... Book
Fourth Estate (UK), 1962. New Copy ... $5.99 12.00
60s brilliance from William S Burroughs – not only a key book in the development of his cut-up writing technique, but also a hell of a rollicking read from start to finish! As you'd guess from the cut-up, the writing is a bit fragmented – but that also serves to really abstract the sci fi narrative of the story, and maybe open things up with some great wit in unexpected places! This book may be one of the tightest realizations of Burroughs' early vision – and it's certainly one of our favorites. 168 pages, softcover. Book

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Al Carter-BeyIt Was Jug That I Dug – The Big Sound Of Jazz Saxophonist Gene Ammons (paperback) ... Book
KHA Books, 2015. New Copy ... $12.99
A loving tribute to tenor sax legend Gene Ammons – penned by friend and scenemate Al Carter-Bay – a Chicago jazz DJ who really offers a lot of insight to Ammons' life and music! Al's approach here is both personal and polemical – in ways that highlight aspects of Gene's music that never seems to get attention to in liner notes, and which illuminate personal aspects of his life and career that we never would have known otherwise! Carter-Bey is extremely respectful, but also quite honest too – and the book is a great reminder of the power that Gene Ammons had when his flame was burning bright – which sometimes seems to be overlooked by some of today's younger jazz listeners. The book is relatively short – almost more of a long essay – and also includes a small discography, plus an interview with guitarist George Freeman. 86 pages, softcover. Book

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George Chieffet & Stephen DestefanoLucky In Love Book One – A Poor Man's History (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2010. New Copy ... $5.99 19.99
A contemporary book, but one that's got a wonderfully vintage feel – just the sort of right artwork to fit this coming-of-age story set in the New York of the 40s! George Chieffet provides the text, and Stephen DeStefano provides the wonderful illustrations – with penwork that takes us back to the sharp style of the best mid-century newspaper cartoonists – but presented with a modern sense of layout that makes the story even more exciting! The mix of modern and retro reminds us a bit of the work of Seth – although Chieffet's writing and tale are very different – and the whole thing's packaged together in a really beautiful way. Hardcover, and printed on beautiful aged-style pages! Book

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Robert ChristgauGoing Into The City – Portrait Of A Critic As A Young Man – A Memoir (hardcover) ... Book
Dey St, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 27.99
Robert Christgau is one of the coolest music writers of all time – a hugely important force for decades, through his work in the Village Voice – where he helped shape acceptance and understanding of generations of new sounds – and a contributor to other publications and broadcast outlets, where his voice is always one of the smartest in the room! And while we've always dug what Christgau has to say about other folks, it's also pretty great to read his own story, too – a life spent living in New York, where his path crossed countless other cultural figures and moments, apart from the music and musicians you might expect. This volume focuses mostly on his youth, his growth on the New York scene of the 60s, and his role in the 70s – and the book is hardcover, 366 pages. Book
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Leonard CohenBook Of Longing (hardcover) ... Book
Ecco, 2006. New Copy ... $8.99 24.95
The great Leonard Cohen has gotten such acclaim over the decades as a singer, it's easy to forget that the man first begun as a poet – almost as if the poetry of his songs was more than enough! This book returns Cohen to the spotlight as a writer, and brings together poems written over the course of a 20 year period – a time when Leonard was changing locale, and maybe more involved in music than before – but still guided by a keen eye for a deft phrase, delivered here in a way that's nicely different than his songwriting. The book also contains a number of pencil illustrations by Cohen – and is 231 pages, hardcover. Book

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✨✧ Brian ColemanCheck The Technique Vol 2 – More Liner Notes For Hip Hop Junkies (paperback) ... Book
Wax Facts Press, 2014. New Copy ... $19.99 27.98
Golden age of hip hop historian Brian Coleman's second Check The Technique tome – the in-depth stories behind some of the greatest records of the 80s and early 90s – an even greater collection than the first volume! Coleman's approach is straight-forward and direct – chronicling a choice selection of 25 bonafide classic albums, breaking them down track-by-track, peppered by interviews with the artists, producers and other principle personalities behind the work, for the most honest histories that Coleman can get. Volume 2 uses a broader time frame than the previous collection, going as far back as 1981's Wild Style Breakbeats, and as recent as the late 90s for Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star and The Coup's Steal This Album. Other records discussioned include The Cactus Album by 3rd Bass, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing by Black Sheep, The Sun Rises In The East by Jeru The Damaja, Mantronix The Album, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Links, Stetsasonic In Full Gear, Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop by Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics and more. Like the author's Check The Technique Vol 1 and Rakim Told Me, it's vital hip hop history, breezily readable and engrossing as can be. 525 paperback pages, and each chapter includes photos of the artists, the records and associated singles, and other choice historical tidbits. Essential! Book

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John CorbettVinyl Freak – Love Letters To A Dying Medium ... Book
Duke University Press, New Copy ... About June 2, 2017
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