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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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Airboy & ValkyrieComplete Golden Age Airboy & Valkyrie (hardcover) ... Book
CSP, Late 40s. New Copy ... $6.99 24.99
One of the best-remembered features of the Golden Age of comics – presented here in a beautiful hardcover package! Airboy was part aviation adventure – ala Blackhawk – and part young male fantasy – ala Terry & The Pirates – but the strip was something special all its own – thanks to superb art and stories, which easily put the comic on a par with the best of the time! Art here is by Fred Kida on most entries – with additional work by Arthur Peddy and Ernest Schroeder – and the book focuses on stories in which Airboy is paired with the lovely Valkyrie – who brings an undercurrent of sex that the strip didn't always present. Material is from issues of Air Fighters and Airboy from 1943 to 1952 – and the book is 136 pages, full color, and very nicely done! Book

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Murphy AndersonBuck Rogers In The 25th Century – The Complete Sudays 1958 to 1959 (hardcover) ... Book
Hermes, 2014. New Copy ... $15.99 40.00
One of our favorite sci-fi comics artists ever – presented here in a short but wonderful run on the Buck Rogers Sunday pages of the late 50s! Murphy Anderson is a genius – an artist whose work on DC titles like Hawkman, Strange Adventures, Mystery In Space, and even Superman helped define a generation – really giving a slick, clean line to the look of comics in the silver age – and concurrent with the start of that run, Anderson also took over the Buck Rogers newspaper strip for its large Sunday pages – which are presented here in stunning color, in a beautifully oversized book! Anderson's as great here as on some other series – like The Atomic Knights – and although the book only has the Sunday pages, they work together to form a single story week to week, without the need for daily pages. 80 pages, oversize, and in full color. 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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Matt BakerCanteen Kate (hardcover) ... Book
CSP, Early 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 28.99
Rare work from the great Matt Baker – a cartoonist best known for his sexy superhero Phantom Lady in the 40s, and for a number of other "good girl" features during the golden age of comics! Canteen Kate comes from a few years later – all these strips ran in the first few years of the fifties – and features a lovely lass in short pants, as the only female on a Marine base – with the kind of antics you might expect! Kate's a bit less exposed than some of Baker's earlier heroines, but more than makes up for the lack of skin with a great sense of humor – wit that wasn't present in some of Matt's earlier work, and which really makes these stories come together. The whole thing's a bit like a 50s version of Milt Caniff's Male Call, in comic book form. Stories appeared in the St John publications Fightin Marines and Canteen Kate – and the book is 160 pages, full color, and hardcover. Book

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David BernsteinAdvertising Outdoors – Watch This Space ... Book
Phaidon Press, 1997. New Copy ... $6.99 39.95
Totally cool outside ads from around the world – some of recent vintage, others from many years back – all laid out in a lavish book of full color images that shows a huge range of totally groovy billboards and posters! The contents are great – and lots of the campaigns featured are really jaw-dropping – especially some of the more contemporary European billboards, and some of the very unusual 3-D projects done in very creative ways. Author David Bernstein talks about creative challenges and stylistic shifts alongside the images – more than enough text to show that he's really put some thought into the project, but not enough to take away from the beautiful pictures. 240 pages, full color, and softcover. Book

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Alfred BesterDemolished Man ... Book
Gollancz (UK), 1952. New Copy ... $5.99 12.99
A postwar sci-fi classic from Alfred Bester – a hell of a writer, and one with a long legacy of great work in both comic books and magazines! Yet The Demolished Man is just one of a few novels that Bester ever gave us – a stunning story about murder in the 24th Century, at a time when the police are telepaths, and nobody's secrets are their own! Given the early 50s time at which the book was written, there's a lot of Cold War paranoia at play – yet mapped out into a world that's beautifully fantastic, as only the Bester sense of imagination could provide. There's also a subtle undercurrent of wit – another one of Bester's trademarks – especially within the corporate milieu of the main character. 250 pages, softcover. Book

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Andrew Birkin & Alison CastleJane & Serge – A Family Album (hardcover) ... Book
Taschen, 2015. New Copy ... $34.99 59.99
A surprisingly candid look at one of the most important musical couples of the 20th Century – Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin – a duo who made some incredible sounds together in the French scene of the 60s and 70s – and who were equally important to larger French culture as well! The pair have become the stuff of legend over the years – a romance that began when Serge was 40, and Jane not yet 20 – open, frank, and very sexual, both in their words and music – with a legacy that spanned records, film, and television – and also gave the world the actress Charlotte Gainsbourg as well. This volume's way more than a book – as it collects together shots of the couple and the family taken by Jane's brother Andrew Birkin – and presents the whole thing as if you're looking at a family album in the Birkin/Gainsbourg household! But there's also a smaller booklet of text, as well as a contact sheet of photos, 5 chromogenic photographic prints, a poster, stickers, and even an embroidered patch – all making for a beautifully lavish set of images and goodies! The core book features 176 pages of photos – but there's lots lots more within. Book

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Jerry Blavant with Steve OskieYou Only Rock Once ... Book
Running Press, 2011. New Copy ... $5.99 15.00
One of the biggest early DJs in rock and roll – the mighty Jerry Blavat, aka The Geator With The Heator – telling the tale of all of his many years in music, all with the same panache he brought to his on-air persona! Blavat's story is the stuff of legend – told around the business by writers like Nick Tosches, who sometimes get at Jerry's shadier side – and surprisingly, the man himself is more than happy to illuminate those corners, often with details that are even more juicy! The book is a whopping 347 pages, with some black and white photos – and is filled with rock and soul stories from the Philly scene and beyond. Book

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Andrew BoltonPunk – From Chaos To Couture (hardcover) ... Book
Metropolitan Museum Of Art, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 35.00
A beautiful book that certainly lives up to the "chaos to couture" in its title – as it traces the fashion of punk from the early DIY days of the London scene to its elevation to high fashion on the runway! The book's smarter than you might guess – put together by MOMA, and less of a look at the commercialization of punk, than a way of drawing surprising connections – filled with some especially great vintage photos from the UK scene of the late 70s, and featuring text by Jon Savage, Richard Hell, and John Lydon. 240 pages, oversized, and very heavy – with loads of images in black and white, and color. Book

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Eric BradleyMantiques – A Manly Guide To Cool Stuff (hardcover) ... Book
Krause, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 26.99
Remember when guys used to be butch? Remember when they weren't fussing over their hair, their skin care, or aromas – and instead just needed a handful of objects to state their identity! Those objects took on different categories – a cool car, a nice watch, hunting togs, or drinking gear – all of which are covered here in a full color book that's also partly a price guide too! The book divides its subjects into different categories – with chapters on pulp art, surfing collectibles, entertainment memorabilia, rare tools, vintage knives, and even early computers – in a hefty book with lots of full color images, and text on each item represented. We're not endorsing the prices, which are a bit random – but the book is a beautiful document of "guy stuff" from years gone by – when a dude was a dude, and didn't need to hideout in a man cave with his treasures. 176 pages, hardcover, full color. Book

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Bill Brewster & Frank BroughtonRecord Players – DJ Revolutionaries ... Book
Grove Press, 2010. New Copy ... $8.99 25.49
A great book that details the story of modern dance music – as told by the DJs who've spun it into such expansive cultural significance – the DJ Revolutionaries! Authors Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have years on the beat – having edited and/or written for Mixmag, Wax Poetics, The Guardian, Time Out New York and more – as well as jointly creating Djhistory.com and penning Last Night A DJ Saved My Life. Here they cover the wide ranging DJ talents that spurred the evolution of dance music from record spinning to synth playing, covering disco, techno, house and beyond. Those chronicled include Derrick May, John Peel, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow, Tom Moulton, Louie Vega, Frankie Knuckles, Kev Roberts, Afrika Bambaata, Norman Cook, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong and many, many more. Paperback, 475 pages, and filled with b&w photos of the DJs, recommended listening lists, discographies and more. Book

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Ivan BrunettiAesthetics – A Memoir (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 25.00
A beautiful collection of images by Ivan Brunetti – a cartoonist we've followed for decades here on the Chicago scene, and have watched with great appreciation as he's gotten worldwide attention for his work in the New Yorker and numerous other publications over the years! Brunetti's an amazing individual, with a character that goes even deeper than his artwork – and this book is something of a memoir, told by Ivan in words that go alongside the images – little stories about their creation, or his own place on the planet at the time – with some cartoons, some cover illustrations, and lots of obscure drawings, sculptures, and physical objects that are a real discovery, even if you've bought his comix and other books. The layout is great – as illuminating as the contents – and the hardcover book is color throughout. Book

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✨✧ William S BurroughsSoft Machine ... Book
Fourth Estate (UK), 1961. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
One of the greatest novels ever from the legendary William S Burroughs – a book that was written very much under the influence of the cut-up technique, but which also still retains some of the pulp prose of Burroughs' 50s material too! The book is a roller coaster of a read – one of the best moments where a modern prose format doesn't have to be challenging if you can surrender yourself entirely to its charms – which means you're also drawn into Burroughs' world too – a mix of sci-fi, detective fiction, and 60s dystopia – covering a surprising amount of geographic space in its relatively short number of pages. The words cascade off the page – jumbled together by the cut-up technique, which unlocks hidden meanings, and only seems to expand the wit of the author's voice as well. One of Burroughs' funniest books ever – all while offering up a dark portrait of the underground too – and this volume is 143 pages, softcover. Book

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Richard BuskinClassic Tracks – The Real Stories Behind 68 Seminal Recordings ... Book
Sample Magic (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 49.95
A really cool book that's way way more than just what you'd expect from the title – as the writing is surprisingly deep, with lots of little sidebars that illuminate the contents – and the whole thing is put together with lots of images, in a very vivid way! The volume goes year by year, with chapters in chronological order – looking at famous songs by artists as diverse as The Kinks, Les Paul, The Who, Miles Davis, The Ronettes, Van Morrison, Pet Shop Boys, The Pogues, and dozens of others – all laid out on large pages, with plenty of details on the songs and recording sessions – and very cool additional information too. This isn't just a history book, or a geeky studio tome – but instead a vivid volume that feels like you're reading Mojo Magazine articles on classic songs! Over 400 pages, super-heavy, softcover, and with images throughout! Book

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Elias CanettiPlay Of The Eyes ... Book
Granta (UK), 1985. New Copy ... $4.99 12.99
Elias Canetti gave the 20th Century one of its greatest novels – the classic Auto Da Fe, a book that should be required reading for any obsessive collector of records – and he's equally well-remembered for the memoirs of his youth in Berlin and Vienna – three books that are easily some of the greatest writings on Europe between the wars! This volume's the third – and has Canetti amidst the changing cultural climate of the 30s in Austria and Germany – as Hitler rises to powers, and so much of the forward movement of creativity is challenged. Key figures in Canetti's landscape here are Alma Mahler, Alban Berg, and Robert Musil – all vividly portrayed in a Europe that was aware of coming struggles, but never knew the depths they would face. Canetti's writing is brilliant throughout – the book reads more with the feel of a work of fiction than any typical set of memoirs – and the volume is 328 pages, softcover. Book

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Elias CanettiTorch In My Ear ... Book
Granta (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $4.99 12.99
Elias Canetti gave the 20th Century one of its greatest novels – the classic Auto Da Fe, a book that should be required reading for any obsessive collector of records – and he's equally well-remembered for the memoirs of his youth in Berlin and Vienna – three books that are easily some of the greatest writings on Europe between the wars! This volume's the second – and tells of the climate of cultural freedom in the immediate years after WWI, and the foracious scene of new forms and ideas in which Canetti participated – alongside giants like Karl Kraus, Bertolt Brecht, Isaac Babel, and George Grosz – all of whom are woven into the tapestry here. The writing is great, and really draws you in – even if you have no prior knowledge or interest of this scene – and the book is 372 pages, softcover. Book

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Jeff ChangWho We Be – The Colorization Of America (hardcover) ... Book
St Martins, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 32.99
Jeff Chang's given us some of the most thoughtful writing we've ever read on hip hop and its history – and this time around, he turns his talents towards larger issues of race and culture on contemporary America – at a level that's surprisingly prescient, given the struggles of the past few years. Chang draws on many sources and strands throughout the book – and presents the material in a mode that's both more personal and political than his previous writing – illuminated with a range of images that speak volumes themselves. The book spans a 50 year period – 1963 to 2013 – from the Civil Rights struggle to the Obama administration, with many cultural sidestreams, tied together beautifully. Over 400 pages, hardcover, with illustrations. 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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✨✧ Daniel ClowesIce Haven (hardcover) ... Book
Jonathan Cape (UK), 2005. New Copy ... $4.99 22.00
One of our favorite graphic novels by the always-wonderful Daniel Clowes – a work of subtle beauty, and an offbeat story that's told in a very compelling format! The town of Ice Haven is presented in a series of shorter comic strips that fit the sideways rectangle style of the book – in images that hearken back to newspaper material of the 50s and 60s, but with all the creepier content we've come to expect from Clowes – which is maybe even more unsettling, given the "nice" appearance of the material at first glance. Different stories intersect and stand side by side – always skirting around any sense of real revelation, which is more compelling than if you were ever able to figure out what's going on. The book is 89 pages, hardcover, and in full color – and also features some especially nice passages with Harry Naybors – Comic Book Critic. Book

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Gregory ColemanWe're Heaven Bound! – Portrait Of A Black Sacred Drama ... Book
University Of Georgia, 1999. New Copy ... $1.99 23.95
A great look at the 70 year legacy of Heaven Bound – the gospel folk drama that's played on stage in Atlanta for decades, and which has had an undeniable influence on the growth of African American theater in the 20th Century. The book offers a history of the stage presentation, as well as a host of photos from various shows – plus some snippets of text as well – and is written in a way that really makes us understand the subtle political power of even small cultural efforts like this, which can stretch from a single stage in a single city, and create larger waves for years to come. 199 pages, softcover, with black and white images. Book
 
 
 



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