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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 ... $22.99 39.98
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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Stuart BakerBlack Fire New Spirits – Images Of A Revolution – Radical Jazz In The USA 1960 to 1975 (hardcover) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $28.99 49.95
A stunning book of photographs to stand alongside the excellent album art books done by the Soul Jazz label – a treasure trove of hardly-seen images of some of the best underground musicians of the 60s and 70s – and a great antidote to the sorts of jazz books that are only just filled with pictures of Duke, Louis, and Miles! In true Soul Jazz fashion, the volume shines the spotlight on key avant and spiritual jazz figures – like Roland Kirk, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Elvin Jones, Cecil Taylor, Eric Dolphy, Alice Coltrane, Lloyd McNeil, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Max Roach, Larry Young, and many others – each of whom get at least one very vivid photo (some black and white, some color), and a short bit of text that introduces their music and placement in jazz. To be fair, there's also some shots of Miles, too – but shown in a very different context in this great book! 189 pages, oversize, with a great hardcover package. 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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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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Ben BruseyPu Pu Hot Pot – The World's Best Resaurant Names (hardcover) ... Book
Penguin Books, 2012. New Copy ... $4.99 5.98
Places we'd love to eat – served up in a flurry of full-color photos of some of the weirdest restaurant names you'd ever hope to find! Highlights include "New Cod On The Block", "Frying Nemo", "Well Hung Beef", and "Wanker's Corner" – but there's loads of other great signs and stores throughout – many from the UK, and all augmented by witty captions from the author. All photos are in full color, and the book is hardcover too! 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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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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William S BurroughsJunky (paperback) ... Book
Penguin Books (UK), 1953. New Copy ... $5.99 15.99
A tremendous first effort from the young William S Burroughs – already making huge literary waves with this debut novel! The book is quite different from later cutup projects, in that it's a straight narrative – but it's no less arresting, given that Burroughs writes the whole thing as a thinly-veiled autobiography, about a struggle with heroin addition that starts in New York, and moves through New Orleans and Mexico City. The prose is wonderful – very spare, but accurate – and stunning in its lack of judgement or sense of guilt – even when the story hits its darkest moments. This book brings back the full text of Junk – the book as it was originally penned, before being edited for the trash paperback market – and also includes an introduction by Oliver Harris. 166 pages, softcover. 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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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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Michel Choquette, edSomeday Funnies (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams Comic Arts, 2011. New Copy ... $7.99 55.00
An amazing project, with amazing results – a set of separate comics all about the 60s – drawn by some of the hippest talents of both that generation, and the 70s as well! The project was begun many years ago by Michael Choquette – who contacted creators as diverse as William S Burroughs, Jack Kirby, Frank Zappa, Wally Wood, Pete Townshend, Walt Simonson, Denny O'Neil, Harvey Kurtzman, Tuli Kupferberg, Sergio Aragones, Kim Deitch, Will Eisner, Russ Heath, Archie Goodman, Harlan Ellison, and many others – all of whom combined in these really unique ways to create oversized comic strips that feel like they've fallen out of some weird hippie version of a Sunday comics section from the newspaper! The project features 169 different talents in all – with 129 different strips as a result – all presented here in full color, with the oversized feel of a newspaper – but in a lavish hardcover volume. Someday Funnies was unpublished in this full format for years, but finally gets its due – in this heavy book that runs for over 212 pages – complete with a great forward by Jeet Heer. 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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Max Allan CollinsSeduction Of The Innocent ... Book
Hard Case Crime, 2013. New Copy ... $3.99 9.95
Max Allan Collins has spent his many years turning out both work for comics, and writing mysteries – both of which come together here in this hard-boiled book! Collins returns to the world of 50s trash comics – referenced in the title, which is shared by a famous expose on comic books – in a story that tells the tale of a murder within the comic scene – with suspects that range from a knife-wielding juvenile delinquent to a frustrated publisher to a naked seductress! The book's got a great 50s pulp feel, more so than some of Collins' other work – and frequent partner Terry Beatty contributes a number of 50s comic-styled images throughout the book. 269 pages, softcover. Book
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Peter ConradModern Times, Modern Places – Life & Art In The 20th Century (paperback) ... Book
Thames & Hudson (UK), 1999. New Copy ... $6.99 30.00
Not just a light overview of artwork in the 20th century – but a sprawling examination of cultural shifts in just about every format – from painting, to writing, to architecture, film, music, and more – all served up in an enormous volume that must have taken as much as a century to write! The author has a surprising command of so many subjects, and he ties them together wonderfully in a rich cultural portrait that is very well-written and carefully conceived – academic in conception, but very down to earth in tone – which makes for a compelling read throughout. The volume is extremely big – over 750 pages – and includes many black and white images throughout. Book

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John CorbettSun Ra & Aye Aton – Space, Interiors, & Exteriors 1972 ... Book
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 27.99
Amazing images from the universe of Sun Ra – a mixture of rare photographs and mural images painted by Aye Aton – sometime percussionist with the Arkestra, and a heck of a great painter too! The book begins with these stunning full color photographs of Ra on the set of Space Is The Place – images from 1972 that echo the cover of the album of the same name, but which feature a costumed Ra in a number of different settings – including a few parking lot shots that make him look like a true visitor from the cosmos, briefly walking on our planet! The bigger second half of the book features photographs of murals painted by Aton (who's also known as Robert Underwood) – all of them spacey and trippy, and in a similar spirit to the Saturn Records album covers – except these were all painted on walls and ceilings, in very vivid colors. Aye painted many images in the Arkestra commune in Philly – and other paintings appear to be from the south side of Chicago – and all work here is seen by the wider public for the first time ever. Archivist John Corbett provides an essay with the book to situate the work – and the whole thing's a vivid visual treat for any fan of Sun Ra! Book

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Larry CoryellImprovising – My Life In Music (with CD) ... Book
Back Beat, 2007. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
Guitarist Larry Coryell tells his life story, along with a bonus CD of music that traces his growth over the decades – from a key rock jazz figure in the early 60s, to an important fusion giant in the 70s, to a surprisingly strong traditional jazz musician in more recent years! The format is loose and personal – in a good way – and the book also includes photos to go along with Coryell's stories and recollections, as well as an instructional CD that's supported by text in the back of the book. 209 pages, softcover, with images and CD. Book

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