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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 ... Out Of Stock
A sweet little tour book commemorating DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's Renegades Of Rhythm tour – in which the duo of modern live DJ masters honor pioneer Afrika Bambaataa! 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. The book is great, with text by DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist AND Afrika Bambaataa, 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, some rare old Bambaataa gig flyers and lots more! Book
(Limited to 2500 copies. Hand silk-screened cover with art by Paul Insect.)
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✨✧ All Music GuideOld School Rap & Hip Hop ... Book
AMG, 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 16.95
A guide to essential Old School Rap & Hip Hop from team at the indespensible All Music Guide – featuring more than 500 music reviews of important records by Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, NWA, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and so much more – plus reviews on soul and funk LPs that were instrumental in the creation of hip hop, from ESG, The Emotions, Gil Scott-Heron, Marva Whitney and many more! The book is divided into 2 parts, The Roots Of Rap and Digging In The Crates, and organized alphabetically. Paperback, 166 pages, with several reviews per page. Book

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✨✧ Thomas Andrae & Mel GordonSiegel & Shuster's Funnyman – The First Jewish Superhero From The Creators Of Superman ... Book
Feral House, 2010. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster are best known as the two guys who created Superman – but after losing an active role in the production of their hero, the pair moved onto much less-remembered work – including the offbeat Funnyman character they wrote in the late 40s! Funnyman never had the pull of Superman – but the character was quite striking, and brilliantly written by the pair – who always had an eye for comedic themes in Superman, and really let them fly here. The book looks at Funnyman from a Jewish-American perspective – no surprise, given that the character comes across like some Borsht Belt superhero – and the first half of the volume features writings on Sigel & Schuster and 20th Century Jewish culture – while the second half provides an overview of Funnyman stories from both comics and newspapers, with a fair bit of reprinted material. 183 pages, softcover, with lots of color images. Book

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Bob Bach & Ginger MercerJohnny Mercer – The Life, Times & Song Lyrics Of Our Huckleberry Friend ... Book
Cherokee, 2009. New Copy ... $8.99 25.00
A pretty great book about the wonderful songwriter Johnny Mercer – key force behind the birth of Capitol Records, and a whole host of songs and careers in the 20th Century! The book's about the size of a songbook, and does include lyrics to a number of classic Mercer tunes – but it's also filled with loads of vintage photos, images from films, sheet music, and even some very cool documents pulled from Mercer's private papers – all used to tell the tale of this powerful force in popular music. Book is oversize, softcover, 305 pages, and filled with black and white images. Book

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Stuart Baker & Steve BarrowReggae 45 Soundsystem – The Label Art Of Reggae Singles (paperback) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. New Copy Book ... $19.99 49.99
The most massive book of record art we've ever stocked – and a groundbreaking look at the art of reggae 45s, put together by the folks at Soul Jazz Records! Albums are usually featured in a book like this, but the authors do a great job of illustrating the diversity of 45 labels on the Jamaican scene – the wealth of designs and colors that make collecting reggae 45s a past time that's almost as pleasing from a visual perspective as it is from an audio one! Plus, given the obscurity of most of these records, the book's even more valuable – a much-needed record of these small pressings that never got much distribution – laid out here in beautiful full color images. The book is super-heavy, with a cool cover that's between a hardcover and soft cover – and almost 500 pages of images throughout! 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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Vincent Berniere & Mariel Primois, edPunk Press – Rebel Rock In The Underground Press 1968 to 1980 ... Book
Abrams, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy Book ... $12.99 40.00
The punk press in all of its glory – served up here in an oversized book that brings together pages and images from the underground music papers of the 70s! The book features reproductions of a few articles, and some very detailed pages of notes at the end on the contents – but overall, the presentation is very imagistic – with both color and black and white images, done in the DIY style of the period – where just a little bit, used the right way, could carry a great deal of power! Subjects run the gamut – from The Clash, to The Sex Pistols, Lou Reed, William S Burroughs, and many others – and the book is a partner project to the equally great Sex Press book, and done in a similar style. 240 pages, softcover, and nice and big! Book

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✨✧ John Bertram & Yuri Leving (editors)Lolita – The Story Of A Cover Girl – Vladimir Nabokov's Novel In Art & Design ... Book
Print, 2013. New Copy ... $6.99 30.00
A very lively look at Vladimir Nabokov's famous book Lolita – one that's served up here in a host of full color images that include dozens of historical covers used for the book, images from ad campaigns inspired by the book, and many images from contemporary artists, proposing their own covers for the story! This last section is perhaps the biggest portion of the book – about half its content, and framed by some very good critical essays – but the historical material gets a fair bit of space, too – and also includes vintage covers for Lolita from around the world, and paperback covers from other Naobokov novels as well. Given the quality of the critical writing, the volume feels more like an art monograph than just a paperback history – and the glossy book is 251 pages, and full color. Book

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✨✧ Russ Bestley & Alex OggArt Of Punk – The Illustrated History Of Punk Rock Design (hardcover) ... Book
Voyageur, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 40.00
The young Johnny Rotten would have winced at the idea of a punk rock art book – but given the underground nature of the movement in its classic years, and the countless lost relics from the scene, we're more than happy to treasure this hefty, full color volume! The book is a treasure trove of materials – like getting a peek at the collection of one of your friends who's ultra-cool, but will never let you get close to his records – and the book is filled with hundreds and hundreds of full color images of 45 sleeves, album covers, and even flyers and gig posters too – not just from the UK and US, but the full global scene as well. Almost all the material is from the classic late 70s/early 80s years – and even if you've got one hell of a record collection, there's plenty more great stuff here too – including some especially great images of posters for local gigs. The book offers up full details on each image – source, artist, and more – and the whole thing is 224 pages, full color, and nicely oversized. Book

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✨✧ Jonathan Raimes & Lakshmi BhaskaranRetro Graphics – A Visual Sourcebook To 100 Years Of Graphic Design ... Book
Chronicle, 2007. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
A really inspirational book based around the history of 20th Century design – put together with vivid pages that allow you to steal all the best ideas, and integrate them into your own work! The package spans the most important design decades of the century – and pulls together vivid images from magazines, advertisements, posters, flyers, and even typographic elements too! The volume is designed as a "sourcebook" to give designers new ideas and inspiration – but it reads well enough as an art book on its own, thanks to key historical details and information on artists and illustrators. 175 pages, softcover, in full color. Book

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Dean Budnick & Josh BaronTicket Masters – The Rise Of The Concert Industry & How The Public Got Scalped ... Book
Plume, 2012. New Copy ... $5.99 17.00
Ever wonder why you've got to shell out so much money to see live music? This book tells the tale of the amazing rise in concert prices from the late 60s onward – and the near-monopoly on music by giant forces like Live Nation and Ticketmaster, and the way they control the contemporary concert environment. The authors have had years of experience in the industry – including lots of work with Relix magazine – and they trace the growth of the concert giants from surprisingly small local production efforts, who have grown today to become the forces who seem to be the gatekeepers at so many musical events. Given their ties to Relix and its jamband underground, the authors actually have some optimistic things to say, too – so the whole thing's not just a bleak look at the future. The book is softcover, almost 400 pages, and very densely written. Book
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Jon BurlingameMusic Of James Bond (hardcover) ... Book
Oxford University Press, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 35.00
Over the years, the music of the James Bond movies has become almost as notable as its stories and stars – not just the famous themes from John Barry, but also the participation of singers and groups as diverse as Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Madonna, and Adele! Author Jon Burlingame looks at the music of the films on a movie-by-movie basis – with chapters on the films that not only offer up stories behind the music, but also dig deeper into the scores as well – and sometimes offer up tales of sounds that never saw the light of day – like Frank Sinatra's proposed performance for Moonraker, the unused Eric Clapton guitar for License To Kill, and the possible Amy Winehouse music for Quantum Of Silence. The book includes a number of photos and album covers – and is 291 pages, hardcover, with lots of black and white images. Book

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Frederick Burr OpperHappy Hooligan – The Original Born Loser (hardcover) ... Book
NBM, 1900s/Early 10s/2008. New Copy ... $5.99 24.95
Beautiful reproductions of vintage Happy Hooligan strips from the start of the 20th Century – some of the first and best newspaper comic work, all presented here in full color! The book features almost 100 strips that each follow the six-panel style used by Frederick Opper – and in addition to a manic visual style, they also offer a surprising insight into class conflict and public space in urban scenes in the early part of the century. The book begins with some biographical information on Opper and the strip – then rolls into some nice oversized horizontal pages that really preserve the smaller details in the drawings and text. 110 pages, hardcover, full color. Book

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Robbie BuschRock Covers (hardcover) ... Book
Taschen, 2015. New Copy ... $53.99 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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✨✧ Garry BushellTime for Action – The Mod Revival 1978 to 1981 ... Book
54321 Countdown (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $6.99
Garry Bushell's cool look back at the mod revival scene of the late 70s and first year or 2 of the 80s – a fairly short-lived, but still invigorating couple years of raw, R&B fueled post-punk that's famous for spawning The Jam and many lesser-remembered, but hardly less exciting band – plus fashion and lifestyle that's STILL influential to younger discoverers. Bushell was one of the more active rock writers covering the scene at the time, and this great little book is filled with his reverent, but barbed prose, and some very cool photos of the action. Paperback, 174 pages. Book

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✨✧ George CarlsonPerfect Nonsense – The Chaotic Comics & Goofy Games Of George Carlson (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy hardcover ... $15.99 49.99
Really beautiful work from early 20th Century illustrator George Carlson – an artist whose style effortlessly moved between comics and cartoons, and more serious material as well! The book's design – with a large cutout image on the front – is a good hint of the playful package within – a mass of Carlson's work from advertisements, children's books, sheet music, and a wealth of other sources – including a fair bit of graphic puzzles, of the sort that the artist really did well. There's also a large section of Carlon's comic book work – very nutty features like Jingle Jangle Tales or The Pie-Face Prince – both of which have an almost Dr Seuss style of illustration, and mad narratives to match. The book is very large, hardcover, 315 pages, and has lots of color throughout. Book

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Marcus ChapmanCoolest Music Book Ever Made aka The MC 500 Vol 1 – Celebrating 40 Years Of Sounds, Life, & Culture Through An All-Star Team Of Songs ... Book
Marcus Chapman, 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
A special project from Chicago radio personality and soul music historian Marcus Chapman – volume 1 of his list of the top 500 songs of all time – laid out in a really unique format! Marcus devotes a page to each song – with information on the artists, writer, release dates, and other key details – then provides a short essay on each song too – outlining its importance in his own musical universe! These entries are interspersed with a range of black and white photos – some showing Chapman meeting the artists over the years, some showing rare treasures from his collection – records and memorabilia he's had autographed by the stars. The book doesn't just cover soul music, too – because alongside entries by artists like Roy Ayers, Chocolate Milk, Eazy E, and James Brown – you'll also find a few surprising entries on Foghat, Thin Lizzy, and Kiss! Still mostly soul music, though – with a strong focus on the 60s, 70s, and 80s variety. Book

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✨✧ Samuel ChartersNew Orleans – Playing A Jazz Chorus ... Book
Marion Boyars Publishers (UK), 2006. New Copy ... $4.99 17.98
Samuel Charters returns to New Orleans in the wake of Katrina – and finds that the city's jazz scene is not only alive and well, but continuing to thrive and change in the face of crisis! Charters is a name that should be familiar to many – for his landmark work as a record producer for Folkways and other labels, where he gave New Orleans music huge exposure in the mid-century years – and also for his countless books on jazz and blues. This volume is perhaps a bit more personal than some of Samuel's other works – as Charters spends his time in the city with his son's family in a small apartment, and comes across vibrant music from the Hot 8 Brass Band, Soul Rebels, Barry Martyn, Michael White, Coco Robicheaux, Billy Edwards, and many others. 227 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Claw MoneyBombshell – The Life & Crimes Of Claw Money (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2006. New Copy ... $5.99 35.00
Claw Money came a bit late to the scene during the famous graffiti years in New York, but she more than made up for that with a huge scope of expression that went way beyond alleys and subways – almost creating a special brand for herself during his key stretch in the late 80s and early 90s! Those years are summed up here beautifully, in a host of photographs of Claw's work, life, and scene – in images from Martha Cooper, Stretch Armstrong, Bobbito Garcia, West One, and many others – laid out in lavish, large, full color prints – similar to the excellent Powerhouse books that feature the work of Martha Cooper. Full color, hardcover, and very well done! 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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George Clinton with Ben GreenmanBrothas Be Yo Like George – Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You? – A Memoir (hardcover) ... Book
Atria, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 27.00
George Clinton tells his own story – the stuff of musical legend, from his early years in doo wop, through his mega-funk stardom in the 70s at the helm of the P-Funk universe, to his later years embroiled in legal battles and other issues that kept him away from creativity! Clinton's voice comes through loud and clear – very honest about his own perspectives on the history, and the individual details – but also given a bit of shape by co-author Ben Greenman, who helps to keep the narrative moving along. The best bits are the "moments" – the kind of personal recollections that really illuminate the music and larger legend of George Clinton – and which, to us, are always the standout parts of a self-penned music book like this! The book has a few sections of cool photos from George's collection, and clocks in at 404 pages, hardcover. Book
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