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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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✨✧ Adventures Into The UnknownAdventures Into The Unknown Collected Works Vol 5 – July to November 1951 – Issues 21-25 (slip-cased hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 69.99
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always a cut above the rest – thanks to a careful editorial policy that really focused on strong stories and high quality artwork – at a level that makes these issues a delight to read all these many years later! This volume, like others in the PS Artbooks series, features beautiful color reproductions of issues that would cost you a fortune to buy in the original – all wrapped up in a high quality, hardcover package. Artists in these issues include Pete Riss, Ken Bald, King Ward, Lin Streeter, Carl Kiefer, Jerry Grandenti, Leonard Star, Ogden Whitney, and others – and stories include "When Time Turned Back", "Flight Of The Dead", "The Howling Hunters", "Case Of The Haunted Girl", "The Spectre In The Show Window", and lots lots more. 288 pages, hardcover, and full color. 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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Jaklyn BabingtonRoy Lichtenstein – Pop Remix ... Book
National Gallery Of Australia (Australia), 2009. New Copy ... $6.99 35.00
A beautiful book of images from the great Roy Lichtenstein – the artist who's best known for his 60s pop art appropriation of comic book styles – and who gave us a lot of other great artwork over the years as well! The book's about the size of a record cover, and presents full color images of Lichtenstein's paintings from the 60s through the 90s, plus a few earlier works as well – and the volume was produced in collaboration with a career retrospective in the National Gallery of Australia. Jacklyn Babington provides text on the work – and the whole level of presentation is as lively as a Lichtenstein painting itself. 90 pages, oversize, full color, and softcover. 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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Mark BinelliDetroit City Is The Place To Be – The Aftermath Of An American Metropolis (hardcover) ... Book
Metropolitan, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
A fascinating look at this great American city – a powerhouse of production in the middle 20th Century, and one of the bigger urban quandaries in the years that followed – all captured with care and complexity by author Mark Binelli! The approach here is less lachrymose than you might expect – as the positive (although slightly ironic) tone of the title is echoed in Binelli's sympathy for the changes and struggles Detroit has experienced – and its ability to keep coming back in differing ways to find a path forward. There's a great grass roots style to most of the writing – personal, on the ground accounts of the city and key moments – and among the small genre of city narratives, this is certainly one of the best books we've come across. Over 300 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. 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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Joe Bob BriggsProfoundly Erotic – Sexy Movies That Changed History ... Book
Universe, 2005. New Copy ... $5.99 24.95
A book that's far less trash than you might expect – and instead an insightful examination of the role of sex on the screen from everyman film critic Joe Bob Briggs – who looks at the way erotics have transformed both the cinema and the world around it, through an examination of a few key films of the 20th century! Briggs offers up way more than just a sleezy look through the peephole – and instead dives deep into chapter-length investigations of the films The Sheik, She Done Him Wrong, Miracle Of Morgan's Creek, Picnic, The Immoral Mr Teas, Contempt, Kitten With A Whip, I Am Curious Yellow, Looking For Mr Goodbar, and 9 1/2 Weeks – mostly movies that may not seem that racy by today's standards, but which were crucial in pushing both cinematic and cultural boundaries at the time. The book is very nicely done – with two-color images inside, and lots of Briggs' lively text – over 300 pages, paperback. Book

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John Broome/Gil Kane/Joe GiellaGreen Lantern Omnibus Vol 1 (hardcover) ... Book
DC Comics, 2010. New Copy ... $22.99 75.00
One of the greatest runs of any hero of the silver age of comics – presented here in a lavish volume that collects the first 21 issues of Green Lantern, plus his initial three appearances in Showcase! Green Lantern really helped redefine the role of the superhero in the science age – thanks to very smart, snappy, imaginative writing from John Broome – who'd penned plenty of science fiction before coming to comics – and thanks also to amazing artwork from Gil Kane, who's at the height of his powers on these early issues! The team is incredible – one of those DC Comics unstoppable powers – and their run here is a nonstop stream of cool, creative stories that still hold up strongly all these many years later. Most inks are by Joe Giella, some are by Murphy Anderson – and the book is full color, very heavy 636 pages, and even reproduces all of those great covers from the 60s! Book

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David BurnettSoul Rebel – An Intimate Portrait Of Bob Marley In Jamaica & Beyond (hardcover) ... Book
Insight, 2009. New Copy ... $6.99 39.95
A wealth of vintage photos of the great Bob Marley – most of them the sorts of images that live up to the "intimate portrait" promised in the title! The material here is all from 1976 and 1977, shots that first begain when David Burnett photographed Marley for Time Magazine, then continued to cull material for the next year or so – a range of amazing images that include portraits, shots of Marley in the studio, on stage, at home, and in candid shots on the street and with friends. Photos are in black and white, and color – and Burnett provides a bit of framing text, but mostly lets his images speak for themselves – which they do in volumes. Book is hardcover, oversized, and 141 pages. 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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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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Captain FlashCaptain Flash Collected Works – November 1954 to July 1955 – Issues 1-4 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 47.99
The full run of Captain Flash – a very late, lesser-known Golden Age hero – but one who comes across surprisingly well in these four vintage issues! By the time of the mid 50s publication, comic standards had risen strongly in general – so that both scripting and art were often far better than bigger name books a decade before – especially given that the latter here was handled by top-shelf talents like Mort Meskin, Mike Sekowsky, and Edvard Moritz! The stories aren't earth-shaking, but they've got a surprising amount of Atomic Age charm – and, with his sidekick in tow, Captain Flash comes across a bit with the spirit of Simon & Kirby's Fighting American – but maybe a bit less humor overall. The book also features 2 issues of the horror magazine Tormented – from Sterling, the same publisher – with lots more art by Mike Sekowsky, along with Mike Roy and Bill Ely. A bit of horror, a lot of superhero, and 240 full color pages – which even reproduce the original covers and ads! 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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Jeff ChangCan't Stop Won't Stop – A History Of The Hip-Hop Generation (paperback) ... Book
Ebury Press (UK), 2005. New Copy ... $8.99 19.95
Jeff Chang's epic history of the cultural force of hip hop – one of the most acclaimed hip hop chronicles ever published – and well worth it! Chang has dug deeper for this book than any crate diggin' DJ ever could, and for that he deserves to take a deep bow. The book starts out documenting some of the game's roots in 60s Jamaica, and goes on to chronicle its genesis in the Bronx, and its many incarnations up until the the turn of the century. The cultural, political and social environments and eras in which the art was nurtured is chronicled by Chang without ever causing the reader to suffer from NPR-esque academic dryness (thank God), and really puts the reader into every tale he spins. IT's such a sprawling book that it's tough to recommend or describe in just a few words, but trust us, your library needs it! Paperback, 546 pages including notes, acknowledgments and index, well chosen quotes and photos, plus an introduction by legendary DJ Kool Herc! 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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Samuel ChartersNew Orleans – Playing A Jazz Chorus ... Book
Marion Boyars Publishers (UK), 2006. New Copy ... $1.99 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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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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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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