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New DJ Shadow & Cut ChemistRenegades Of Rhythm – DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Play Afrika Bambaataa (tour book) ... Book
Boo Hooray, 2014. New Copy ... $38.99 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 BakerCover Art Of Studio One Records (hardcover) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2011. New Copy ... $19.99 49.95
Incredible images from one of the most legendary reggae labels ever – the mighty Studio One, home to decades of classic music, put together with equally-classic images on the record covers! The book is maybe even more of a treasure than some other album art books you'll find – because over the years, many of the Studio One images were pretty watered-down on the market – either pressed up on poor paper that never stood the test of time, or cropped and cribbed from for mainstream reissue packages – but never with the same sort of beauty you'll find in these images! The book is done in the same totally great style as other Soul Jazz books – and features full album images on 12" by 12" pages – all in brilliant color, too. There's some helpful notes at the beginning, and throughout in a few spots – and the book is super-heavy, and 216 pages in all – with some smaller images at the back. Book

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Alessandro BazanAlessandro Bazan – Jazz Paintings ... Book
Charta (Italy), 2006. New Copy ... $4.99 34.95
A series of paintings from Sicilian painter Alessandro Bazan – who takes key inspiration from jazz, but also uses the music to inspire other images as well! The paintings inside have a feel that's similar to the one on the cover – bold brushstrokes portraying musicians and audiences, plus a few more scene-based images. There's only a few portraits of famous artists – such as Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, or Jaco Pastorius – and many of the images are more impressionistic. Book is 80 pages, full color, softcover, and with text in English and Italian. Book

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Roger Bennett & Josh KunAnd You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl – The Jewish Past As Told By The Records We Have Loved & Lost (hardcover) ... Book
Crown, 2008. New Copy ... $3.99 24.95
A really cool look at Jewish album covers – with commentary by some great writers! It's got art decades old albums, many of which aren't in print or available commercially in any format – from the 40s to 80s. Features commentary by Aimee Bender, Etgar Keret, Shalom Auslander and others, performers including Sandra Bernhard and Lamont Dozier, plus critics Oliver Wang, Anne Powers and TV legend Norman Lear. Hardcover, 240 pages. Book

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Vincent Berniere & Mariel PrimoisSex Press –The Sexual Revolution In The Underground Press 1963 to 1979 ... Book
Abrams, 1960s/1970s/2012. New Copy ... $8.99 40.00
Naughty pictures galore, ripped from the pages of the underground press of the 60s and 70s – and presented here in a beautiful oversized, full color book! The book's got a political bent – as you might guess from the title – but we love it more as a romp through long lost aesthetics – a real hair-down generation that was as much about opening creative doors as it was exploring its own pleasures! Many of these images come from underground newspapers – a real long-lost legacy – as well as international magazines and underground comics – and the work inside isn't straight porn, although it does include plenty of nudity – as it experiments with form and function, and often offers up social commentary in the process. Some work is by famous names like Robert Crumb or Tom Of Finland – and the book even includes Wally Wood's great Disneyland Orgy spread – and the final section of the book provides commentary on each image, with key historical details as well. 240 pages, softcover, in very lurid color. Not for kids, either – so stay away! Book
(Not for sale to persons under the age of 18.)

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David BrowneFire & Rain – The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, & The Lost Story Of 1970 ... Book
Da Capo, 2011. New Copy Hardcover ... $6.99 26.00
1970 – a key year for both music and politics on the global scene – one that's portrayed here through albums that include Let It Be by The Beatles, Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel, and Deja Vu by Crosby Stills Nash & Young – plus the birth of Sweet Baby James! Music journalist David Browne spins the story of these records and the scene in which they emerged – a changing America poised between the decades, awash in radical politics and cultural change. The book balances facts and personal stories, and follows a rough timeline of the year – over the course of 368 hardcover pages. Book

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New 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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Brendan Burford, edSyncopated – An Anthology Of Nonfiction Picto Essays ... Book
Villard, 2009. New Copy ... $4.99 16.95
Non-fiction comics at their best – a really great little book that features a range of different material, all of it great! We're not familiar with most of the artists here, but the work is wonderful – and ranges from personal to historical to situational stories – including a history of postcards, a look at contemporary Coney Island, a meeting with a 60s photographer, and many other tales from the personal lives of the artists. The drawing is great, and the storytelling even better – very mature, fully-formed stuff – from artists who include Jim Campbell, Brendan Burford, Paul Karasik, Alec Longstreth, Dave Kiersh, Nate Powell, Nick Bertozzi, and others. Book is 153 pages, softcover, and black and white. Book

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Gary Calamar & Phil GalloRecord Store Days – From Vinyl To Digital & Back Again (paperback) ... Book
Sterling, 2010. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
Somebody's finally gone out and written a book about one subject we can really get behind – the Record Store – and not only that, they've done a beautiful job with the entire package too! The book takes a look at the importance of the record store – not just historically, but culturally as well – with an especially important focus on the need for stores in the digital age, as a way of keeping both the music, and interest in the music, alive and well for generations to come! As you might guess from the subtitle, authors Calamar and Gallo have a bit of an agenda in their portrait – but they really pave the way with some great recollections of record stores past, incredible bits not just from folks who owned and worked in stores, but also from famous shoppers, artists, and collectors too. And even cooler, the book is filled with lots of great photographs – wonderful images of old stores in color and black and white, plus lots of great sidebar bits that help draw a focus on key issues in record retail. If you, like us, get a bit of a rush every time you walk into a record store, then you'll be sure to get an equal rush from this book – a wonderful tome that's one we can send home to our parents, and finally show them we've got a career worth a bit of respect! 238 pages, hardcover, and really beautifully done. Book

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New Bob CallahanNew Smithsonian Book Of Comic Book Stories – From Crumb To Clowes (hardcover) ... Book
Smithsonian, 2004. New Copy ... $11.99 39.95
A great overview of the best of the best of comics in the 20th century – with work that ranges from mainstream Marvel classics to some real gems from the underground! Stories include superhero adventures, hippy dippy underground tales, and very personal autobiographical material – with full contributions from talents who include Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Ben Katchor, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Daniel Clowes, David Mazzucchelli, Eddie Campbell, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Rick Geary, Will Eisner, Charles Burns, Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, Harvey Pekar (with Robert Crumb), Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, Kim Deitch, Joe Sacco, Jaime Hernandez, and others. Most artwork is in black and white, but very well-printed – and book is hardcover, heavy, and almost 400 pages long! Book

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Martha CamarilloFletcher Street (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2006. New Copy ... $3.99 39.95
A beautiful portrait of Fletcher Street in Philadelphia – an inner city street with the same issues as many others – poverty, crumbling housing stock, neglect – yet one with a difference, too, as its residents board and ride horse within the neighborhood! The tale of Fletcher Street is one of hope – as photographs that might normally document a site of loss and frustration are instead presented as moments of pride and empowerment – with a stunningly unique aesthetic of inner city kids riding horses through the ghetto. Done in the same great style as other photo books on Powerhouse, but with a real difference – and an oversized volume that features full color images throughout. Book

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Captain VideoCaptain Video Collected Works – Issues 1 to 6 – February to December 1951(hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 48.00
Crazy comics from the early days of TV – the surprisingly great Captain Video comic, done in support of the campy television show of the same name! The book presents the first six issues of the rare comic book – all with great color reproductions, and a vividness that surpasses any vintage issues you might find – if you can afford them at all! And the stories and art are way better than you might guess – as the comic came from Fawcett, home of Captain Marvell and some other top-shelf publications – and not just a quickie knockoff press. Comics legend Roy Thomas provides great context for the material in his introduction – and the long issues feature excellent artwork by George Evans, who'd later do more famous horror material for EC Comics. The book is full color, hardcover, with heavy paper – almost 300 pages in length, and even features all the original ads from the comics too! Book

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Michael ChabonTelegraph Avenue (hardcover) ... Book
Harper, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 27.98
Michael Chabon takes a dip into our own little slice of the universe – by setting this book in a fictious record store in Oakland, California! Chabon's version of the record store isn't exactly like our own experience here at Dusty Groove – maybe more in the High Fidelity side of the spectrum – as the small indie Brokeland Records braces for impact from a larger megastore opening nearby. But the life of the store is only a small slice of the story – because, as usual with Chabon, the real strength of the book is its sense of character – from the owner of the store to the cast of characters in the Oakland scene. And while Chabon might be a bit stiff with some of his funk and soul references, our props still go out to him for giving that world the same sort of play he gave to comics in The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay. 465 pages, hardcover edition. Book
(Please note: These copies have a very small remainder mark on the spine.)

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Hayden Childs33 1/3 – Richard & Linda Thompson's Shoot Out The Lights ... Book
Continuum, 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 10.95
A well-penned essay on the classic album Shoot Out The Lights – the final record from the team of Richard & Linda Thompson, and a set that documents all the strain and tension in their relationship at the time! Author Hayden Childs really gets at the deep emotions that Richard Thompson put into his lyrics – some of the bleakest he ever penned, and surprisingly poignant even when sung by Linda. Childs paints a picture of Thompson's private hell with prose that has the vividness of fiction – and he supports his concepts with some extra-cool appendices in the back – including one that compares Richard Thompson's key records with those by Neil Young! 116 pages, softcover. Book

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New Michel Choquette, edSomeday Funnies (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams Comic Arts, 2011. New Copy ... $12.99 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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New Gary CialdellaCalumet Region – An American Place (hardcover) ... Book
University Of Illinois, 2009. New Copy ... $6.99 39.95
Great photographs from a forgotten corner of the Chicago area – even to most of the folks who live nearby – the neighborhoods around the Calumet Harbor, a lost part of the city near the Indiana border! Calumet is home to older shipping docks, crumbling industry, and many shuttered businesses – but photographer Gary Cialdella manages to find a lasting sense of place through images of homes, taverns, parks, churches, and businesses – and even some industrial landscapes as well! We've driven through the area countless times in search of records – often with no great results on the vinyl front, but a real sense of discovery in finding a part of our metro area that few other people ever visit – and Gary really captures the unique spirit of the area with his well-done black and white photographs. Book is heavy, oversize, and 119 pages. Book

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Martha Cooper & Nika KramerWe B Girlz (paperback) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2005. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
A wonderful snapshot of female hip hop culture from Martha Cooper – a work that's sort of a companion piece to her collection that make up the essential book Hip Hop Files! We B*Girlz is all about the modern B-Girlz scene that has grown from the B Boys era that defined the mid 80s culture – focusing on Girlz that are building legacies from the Bronx to LA, from San Francisco to Rhode Island, from Germany to the Netherlands and points beyond. Text handled by Nika Kramer. Paperback, 156 pages, and bursting with color photos! 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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New Patrick DaltonSh*t London –Snapshots Of A City On The Edge (hardcover) ... Book
Portico (UK), 2011. New Copy ... $3.99 14.95
A much better book than you'd guess from the title – and a wealth of wonderful images from the biggest city in England! As with the similar New York volume, the book lays out snapshots of great little visual jokes in London – strange store signs, odd posters, mistakes on public buildings, weird graffiti, and more – all in this humorous portrait of the city! Images are full color, mostly shot by the author, and work together in a great way to build up their power as you flip through the book. Book