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Bob AllenGeorge Jones – The Life & Times Of A Honky Tonk Legend – Updated Edition ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 24.99
George Jones was a country singer with a hell of a voice, and a hell of a lot of ups and downs in his life – a fair bit of issues that were brought on by his lifestyle and upbringing, all of which had an undeniable impact on the emotional strength of his music! Writer Bob Allen chronicles ... read more Book

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James L BaughmanSame Time Same Station – Creating American Television 1948 to 1961 (hardcover) ... Book
John Hopkins University Press, 2007. New Copy ... $6.99 39.00
A very hefty look at the early years of television – a time when the format was trying to really set itself apart from other American media, especially radio – and was brimming over with new ideas and fresh opportunities! The author writes from a deeply historical perspective – ... read more Book

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Mark BegoAretha Franklin – The Queen Of Soul ... Book
Skyhorse, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 18.99
A nicely expanded version of this important look at the career and music of Aretha Franklin – one that was first published at the end of the 80s, but which has been refined over the years to follow her changing career – and updated in this final edition, which covers the last decade of ... read more Book
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Nina Blackwood/Mark Goodman/Alan Hunter/Martha Quin/Gavin EdwardsVJ – The Unplugged Adventures Of MTV's First Wave ... Book
Atria, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99 17.00
The first big voices of MTV tell the tales of the early days of the influential music network – as Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn all spent quite a bit of time as on air "VJs" – which was the music television version of a radio jock! Back at the ... read more Book
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Ezra BooksteinSmith Tapes 1969 to 1972 – Lost Interviews With Rock Stars & Icons ... Book
Princeton Architectural Press, Late 60s/Early 70s/2015. New Copy ... $6.99 24.95
Not rare tapes by The Smiths – but a book of rare interviews conducted by journalist Howard Smith – an overlooked counterculture figure whose questions and commentary here go way past the usual fluff! The book features complete interviews conducted between 1966 and 1972 – key ... read more Book

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Ian BourlandFaile – Works On Wood – Process, Painting, & Scultpture (hardcover) ... Book
Gestalten (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99 65.00
A huge art book done in conjunction with a special exhibit on the works of Faile at the Dallas Contemporary Museum – one that focuses on their re-use of images from pop culture, advertising, and other sources – served up here in a mix of paintings, sculpture, and a fair bit of street-bas ... read more Book

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Priscilla BriggsImpossible Is Nothing – China's Theater Of Consumerism (hardcover) ... Book
Daylight, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 45.00
Striking photographs from contemporary China – images that juxtapose the reality of everyday life in the communist society with new levels of consumerism inspired by the west! There's a pretty wide mix of images in the book, but they work together beautifully – a range of shots that ... read more Book

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Paul BudnitzI Am Plastic Too – The Next Generation Of Designer Toys (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams, 2010. New Copy ... $18.99 45.00
A very cool book put together by Kidrobot – documenting the many changes in the world of vinyl collectibles over the past few years – as things move way past standard figures and blind boxes! The book features a huge range of global artists – dozens of folks who are transforming ... read more Book

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Richard Cahan/Michael WilliamsRichard Nickel – Dangerous Years – What He Saw & What He Wrote (hardcover) ... Book
City Files, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 60.00
The amazing story of an overlooked Chicago hero – photographer/historian/activist Richard Nickel – who spent a good number of his adult years trying to salvage and call attention to the creations of architect Louis Sullivan – before meeting an early death, while getting crushed in ... read more Book

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Aaron CohenMove On Up – Chicago Soul Music & Black Cultural Power ... Book
University Of Chicago, 2019. New Copy ... $16.99 20.00
A tremendous achievement from music writer Aaron Cohen – a book that finally gets at the deeper, richer story of Chicago soul – the spirit of empowerment and pride that have always made us so honored to be part of the Windy City legacy! Cohen picks up where other soul writers have left ... read more Book

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Adam Cooper & Nile Southern (editors)Chicago 1968 – The Whole World Is Watching (hardcover) ... Book
Hat & Beard, 2018. New Copy ... $52.99 60.00
A beautiful expansion of a famous moment in creative journalism – the famous 1968 issue of Esquire magazine that featured William S Burroughs, Terry Southern, Allen Ginsberg, Jean Genet, and Abbie Hoffman at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago! The results of that tumultuous event have ... read more Book

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John CorbettVinyl Freak – Love Letters To A Dying Medium ... Book
Duke University Press, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 24.95
An incredible look at the format of vinyl – put together by a guy who's got one of the hippest record collections we've ever seen! John Corbett's been writing about music, art, and other formats for decades – but his real labor of love is vinyl records – a format he continued to ... read more Book

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Stuart CosgroveHarlem 69 – The Future Of Soul (hardcover) ... Book
Polygon (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 22.00
Writer Stuart Cosgrove opened our eyes to Detroit in 1967 – and here he takes on Harlem in 1969, tying together an amazing range of musical, cultural, and political forces as he follows the community in its month by month evolution during this important year! The book moves between key ... read more Book

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Stuart CosgroveYoung Soul Rebels – A Personal History Of Northern Soul ... Book
Polygon (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Stuart Cosgrove has turned us on to plenty of music over the years – we first began reading his NME articles many years back – and this time around, he delivers a wonderfully detailed history about his youth as a fanatic for American soul music on the UK scene! Cosgrove was lucky ... read more Book

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Elvis CostelloUnfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (hardcover) ... Book
Penguin Books, 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 30.00
A wonderfully-written autobiography from Elvis Costello – a book that's not only completely illuminating for any fan of his music, but which stands quite strongly on his own, even if you're not a longtime fan of the man himself! The volume almost sets a new standard for musician ... read more Book
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Stanley CrouchKansas City Lightning – The Rise & Times Of Charlie Parker ... Book
Harper Perennial, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 16.99
The story of Charlie Parker is often draped in hyperbole and exaggeration – which is why it's extra great that this biography is handled by Stanley Crouch – one of the few writers we could trust to get past the hype and really find a way to link Parker's life and music! As you might ... read more Book
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Ericka Blount DanoisLove Peace & Soul – Behind The Scenes Of America's Favorite Dance Show – Soul Train Classic Moments ... Book
Back Beat, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 24.99
One of the greatest soul music TV shows ever (and one that originated in Chicago, too!) – presented here in deep detail with loads of interesting stories and anecdotes too! The book's almost a more personal history of the show than a technical one – but that's OK with us, because it ... read more Book

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Jerry Dantzic/Grayson DantzicBillie Holiday At Sugar Hill (hardcover) ... Book
Thames & Hudson, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 40.00
A really lovely late-life portrait of Billie Holiday – an oversize book that's filled with black and white photographs taken during the month of April, 1957 – when Billie was headlining at the Sugar Hill club in Newark! Holiday's late troubles are well-known, and often etched upon her ... read more Book

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Gene DeitchCat On A Hot Thin Groove – 78rpm Artwork From Record Changer Magazine (softcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 35.00
An amazing collection of 40s and 50s jazz drawings by Gene Deitch – the complete anthology of his work for legendary jazz magazine Record Changer! Gene was an amazing artist and cartoonist, whose work helped solidify the legacies of some of the most famous cartoon characters in the American ... read more Book

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Rachel Delphia & Jewel SternSilver To Steel – The Modern Designs Of Peter Muller-Munk (hardcover) ... Book
Prestel (Germany), 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 60.00
A treasure trove of beautiful objects designed at mid-century – all creations of designer Peter Muller Munk – German by birth, and part of the wave of creative talent to come to America during wartime – which meant that we got to reap all the benefits of Peter's genius! Famous ... read more Book

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Tom DoyleCaptain Fantastic – Elton John's Stellar Trip Through The 70s (hardcover) ... Book
Ballantine, 2017. New Copy ... $5.99 30.00
A heady look at Elton John during his glory days in the 70s – a book that charts his rise in the late 60s and explosion to stardom in the following decade – penned in a style that mixes familiar facts with a fair bit of insider information too! Author Tom Doyle has worked for British ... read more Book
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Laura Dozier (ed)Liu Bolin (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 60.00
There's a man standing on the cover, but you might have to look close to see him – and that's part of the style of Liu Bolin – a Chinese artist who paints himself to blend in with his surroundings! The approach is pretty darn amazing – sometimes more successful than others, and ... read more Book

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Chuck EddyTerminated For Reasons Of Taste – Other Ways To Hear Essential & Inessential Music ... Book
Duke University Press, 2016. New Copy ... $4.99 26.59
A collection of essays on a great range of musical topics from Chuck Eddy – a writer whose work you might know from Creem or The Village Voice – and who covered a surprising amount of music in his decades in publication! The book brings together columns from a four decade stretch that ... read more Book

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Jiri ErmlNew York Collected Bars 1990 to 1994 (hardcover) ... Book
Kant (Czech Republic), 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 45.00
New York drinking spots – all photographed in a really timeless way by Czech photographer Jiri Erml – a guy who clearly knows his way around a tavern! The images here are all from the early 90s, but they're also all black and white – and taken in a way that feels much older than ... read more Book

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Rudi EschElectri City – The Dusseldorf School Of Electronic Music ... Book
Omnibus (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 26.99
A beautifully-done book on the scene in one of Germany's hippest cities in the 70s – the Dusseldorf world of electronic music – home to Kraftwerk, Neu, DAF, and many others! The book was put together by Ridu Esch, bass player in Die Krupps – themselves a pretty cool group – ... read more Book

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Colin EscottI Saw The Light – The Story Of Hank Williams ... Book
Back Bay, 2004. New Copy ... $5.99 17.99
The story of Hank Williams – written by Colin Escott, the man whose words we've loved in countless liner notes over the years – and who's an even better writer when he stretches things out in a full length format! Forget the cover image – which is designed to cash in on the 2015 ... read more Book
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Catherine FloodBritish Posters – Advertising, Art & Activism ... Book
V&A (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $4.99 35.00
A fantastic look at the use of images in political activity on the British scene – a great legacy that runs from the early 20th century to the present – presented here a book of stunning full color images! Most of the work here focuses on the strong role that posters, billboards, and ... read more Book

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Robin Jaffee FrankConey Island – Visions Of An American Dreamland 1861 to 2008 (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2015. New Copy ... $16.99 35.00
Coney Island is a hell of a place – a refuge for New Yorkers for over 100 years, and still pretty amazing today – with a surprisingly strong legacy that also includes the park's influence on more serious artists over the decades, a legacy that's presented beautifully in this oversize ... read more Book

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Benjamin Franklin VJazz & Blues Musicians Of South Carolina – Interviews With Jabbo, Dizzy, Drink, & Others (hardcover) ... Book
University Of South Carolina Press, 2008. New Copy ... $5.99 19.98
South Carolina has been home to a surprising amount of jazz musicians over the years – a list of talents that includes Houston Person, Chris Potter, Webster Young, Etta Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Arthur Prysock, Nappy Brown, and a number of others – all of whom are featured in separate ... read more Book

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Matthias Frehner & Daniel Spanke (ed)Modern Masters – Degenerate Art At The Kunstmuseum Bern (hardcover) ... Book
Prestel (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $18.99 70.00
A huge volume of modern art from the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland – presented here partly as a way of undoing some of the damage of the Nazis, and the restrictions they made on German and European art during the 30s! The book features a number of essays on the topic of "degenerate ... read more Book

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Lee FriedlanderJFK – A Photographic Memoir (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 45.00
A fascinating book, and one that's way deeper than you might guess from the simple JFK reference on the cover – but that's what we'd expect, coming from the genius of Lee Friedlander! JFK is definitely the subject of these photographs from the early 60s – but the man himself is never ... read more Book

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Lee FriedlanderPrayer Pilgrimage For Freedom (hardcover) ... Book
Eakins, 2015. New Copy ... $6.99 45.00
Legendary photographer Lee Friedlander documents a key early moment of pride in the struggle for Civil Rights – the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage to Washington, which was kind of the precursor for later 60s events led by Martin Luther King in our nation's capital! Friedlander here is more of a ... read more Book

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Will FriedwaldGreat Jazz & Pop Vocal Albums (hardcover) ... Book
Pantheon, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99 40.00
One of the greatest writers on singers presents his essential collection of albums from the 20th century – all served up with the kind of loving detail that's always made the prose of Will Friedwald so great! Will's written the book on Frank Sinatra – literally – and on Tony ... read more Book
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Erin C GarciaMan Ray In Paris (hardcover) ... Book
J Paul Getty Museum, 2011. New Copy ... $8.99 24.95
A seminal selection of works from Man Ray – early photographs that made his work on the Paris scene of the 20s some of his most important contributions to modern art – served up here in a big array of images that were created at the time! The scope of photos here is great – as ... read more Book

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Hartmut Geerken & Chris TrentSun Ra Omniverse (hardcover) ... Book
Art Yard (Germany), 1994/2015. New Copy ... $71.99 72.00
An incredible book on Sun Ra & The Arkestra – one that's got all the beauty and heft of one of his rare albums on the Saturn Records label! This is the second edition of Omniverse (the first went out of print almost 20 years ago, and now goes for fabulous sums) – and it's even ... read more Book

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Nelson GeorgeHippest Trip In America – Soul Train & The Evolution Of Culture & Style (hardcover) ... Book
William Morrow, 2014. New Copy ... $4.99 27.99
The story of Soul Train, brought to us by an author we trust more than most when it comes to music writing! Nelson George has already given us great books on Motown, hip hop, James Brown, and the decline of rhythm and blues – and he does an equally great job here with his examination of Soul ... read more Book
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Gary GiddinsBing Crosby – Swinging On A Star – The War Years 1940 to 1946 (hardcover) ... Book
Little Brown, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 40.00
Gary Giddins' great second chapter in the career of Bing Crosby – handled with all the same detail and deep knowledge of the music as the first volume – and continuing this much-needed look at one of the most important figures in pop music during the 20th Century! Crosby helped forge ... read more Book
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Justin GiffordStreet Poison – The Biography Of Iceberg Slim (hardcover) ... Book
Doubleday, 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 26.95
The legendary Iceberg Slim has given us plenty of his own story over the years – but this book is the first to look at the man behind the man – writer Robert Beck, who started as a pimp and became a surprisingly successful author – as well as an underground figure who inspired a ... read more Book
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Thom GIlbertSoul – Memphis' Original Sound (hardcover) ... Book
Officina Libraria (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 65.00
A visual love letter to the Memphis music scene – served up in a hefty, oversized book that's overflowing with beautiful photographs, and a bit of commentary from the musicians themselves! The largest part of the book is contemporary portraits of musical greats from the 50s onward – ... read more Book

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Ralph J GleasonMusic In The Air (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 30.00
Ralph J Gleason might just be one of the coolest cats to ever write about music – a key part of the San Francisco scene during the postwar years – where his talents helped illuminate both the worlds of art and music during the beat generation – then really helped shine a spotlight ... read more Book

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Vicki GoldbergBruce Davidson – Magnum Legacy – An Illustrated Biography (hardcover) ... Book
Prestel, 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 49.95
A fantastic photographic art book, but one that also tells the story of the legendary Bruce Davidson – a key talent whose amazing eye really helped move the form of photography forward in the 60s and 70s! The book is filled with images from some of Davidson's most famous series – ... read more Book

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Stuart L GoosmanGroup Harmony – The Black Urban Roots Of Rhythm & Blues ... Book
University Of Pennsylvania, 2005. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
Group soul harmony gets some great treatment here – in a well-done book that follows the music from the street corner to the airwaves – all with a thoughtful mixture of oral history and the larger issues of the time! Author Stuart Goosman focuses especially on harmony groups on the ... read more Book

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Robert GordonMemphis Rent Party – The Blues, Rock & Soul In Music's Hometown (hardcover) ... Book
Bloomsbury, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
One of the best writers on Memphis gives us a journey through his musical hometown – portrayed through chapters that focus on some of the city's most legendary figures – including James Carr, Sam Phillips, Jim Dickenson, Robert Johnson, Charlie Feathers, Jeff Buckley, Tav Falco, Bobby ... read more Book
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Jonathan GouldOtis Redding – An Unfinished Life (hardcover) ... Book
Crown Archetype, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99 30.00
A huge book on the too-short, but very tremendous life and music of Otis Redding – a man who definitely lived an unfinished life, given that he died tragically in 1968 – but also had a chance to forever shape the sound of soul music in the space of less than a decade! The author takes ... read more Book
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Zack O'Malley Greenburg3 Kings – Diddy, Dr Dre, Jay Z, & Hip Hop's Multibillion Dollar Rise (hardcover) ... Book
Little Brown, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
A detailed look at the moment when hip hop went from a sideline to a mainstream force in the music business – a time when producers became executives, major labels allowed smaller boutique imprints, and everybody started making a lot more money on the music! As you'd guess from the title, ... read more Book
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David GrubbsNow That The Audience Is Assembled ... Book
Duke University Press, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A beautiful book-length prose poem from David Grubbs – an artist that some know as a musician, some as a singer, and some as a writer for his previous essential volume on improvised music! The book is very narrative – and tells this dream-like story of a musician faced with the need to ... read more Book

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David GrubbsVoice In The Headphones ... Book
Duke University Press, 2020. New Copy ... $15.99 21.95
Groundbreaking work from David Grubbs – a name you might know from his decades as a musician, singer, and improviser in a variety of settings – or from his more recent emergence as an author – heard from here in a book that unifies both sides of his creative personality! In some ... read more Book

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Peter GuralnickSam Phillips – The Man Who Invented Rock N Roll ... Book
Little Brown, 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 19.99
The story of one of the all-time greats – told by one of the all-time greats – the full tale of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, told by southern music giant Peter Guaralnick! Long before he rose to fame as the man who discovered Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips was already humming strong ... read more Book
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Ed Halter & Barney Rosset (eds)From The Third Eye – The Evergreen Review Film Reader ... Book
Seven Stories Press, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
Evergreen Review was a seminal American cultural publication in the 60s – and in addition to showcasing important writers of the time, the magazine also turned its talents to the worlds of music, film, and other cultural pursuits! This book presents the first-ever anthology of writings from ... read more Book
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David HamsleyTo Disco With Love – The Records That Defined An Era (hardcover) ... Book
Flatiron Books, 2015. New Copy ... $6.99 19.99
Way more than just a simple book of record cover images – and instead a love letter to the sound and style of the disco generation – put together from classic album artwork, and augmented by thoughtful musings by the author! The book features full color reproductions of over 250 album ... read more Book
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Duncan Hannah20th Century Boy – Notebooks Of The Seventies (hardcover) ... Book
Alfred A Knopf, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 28.95
Painter Duncan Hannah dropped into the New York scene right at the start of the 70s – and spent most of the decade being right where the action is – from shows, to clubs, to parties, and a host of other cultural hotspots – eventually leading the kind of life most of us can only ... read more Book
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Dakin HartMuseum Of Stones – Ancient & Contemporary Art At The Noguchi Museum ... Book
Giles (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 34.95
A collection of transformational works in sculpture – all featured at the Noguchi Museum, and served up in a mix of the master's own creations from mid-century, and those by later artists inspired by his ideas! Noguchi first created the space as a showcase for his own work, but over the ... read more Book

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Hennie HaworthColor Chicago – 20 Views To Color In By Hand ... Book
Harper Design, 2017. New Copy ... $3.99 15.99
A Chicago coloring book, but one that's maybe not great for kids – because the cityscapes within are full of important examples of Chicago architecture – usually somewhat complex, which means that they're not to be colored by the weak of hand! The book features images from Wrigley ... read more Book
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Frank R HaydeStan Levey – Jazz Heavyweight – The Authorized Biography (hardcover) ... Book
Santa Monica Press, 2016. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
Drummer Stan Levey shone most brightly during his west coast work of the 50s – where he was a key figure in both large and small group jazz performances – but he also had a much longer history, which included plenty of time away from the limelight – a rich story that's captured in ... read more Book

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Ajay Heble & Rob WallacePeople Get Ready – The Future Of Jazz Is Now ... Book
Duke, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99 26.95
The future of jazz is now, even if it's in the past – as the editors here bring together a selection of essays that document the forward-thinking movements in jazz from the mid 60s onwards – some of which are only getting full appreciation all these many years later! There's a nice ... read more Book

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Jinx & Mr C (James O'Connor & Damen Corrado)Compliments Of Chicagohoodz – Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture ... Book
Feral House, 2019. New Copy ... $16.99 22.95
A really amazing look at the secret art and language of gang culture in Chicago – the most detailed book we've ever seen to examine the words on the street during the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Chicago had a very special sort of language to communicate gang activity and culture during the heyday of ... read more Book

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Peter JonesThis Is Hip – The Life Of Mark Murphy (hardcover) ... Book
Equinox (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
The story of Mark Murphy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time – written by Peter Jones, also a jazz singer himself! Jones is London-based, and as such, does a really great job of capturing the ongoing enthusiasm and excitement about Murphy's career that was always a big part ... read more Book

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Maira KalmanBeloved Dog (hardcover) ... Book
Penguin Books, 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 29.99
You might know the creations of Maira Kalman for her contributions to books by Michael Pollan, or the Elements Of Style – but here, the illustrator pays tribute to dogs she's encountered, both real and fictional – in a volume that's maybe laid out in the style of a children's book, but ... read more Book
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Florian KapsPolaroid – The Magic Material (hardcover) ... Book
Frances Lincoln Limited (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 29.99
A beautiful treatise on the artform of the Polaroid photograph – put together by one of the people who've helped save the process in the past decade or so! The book starts with a history of Polaroid, quickly looks at its cultural uses, then moves into a surprising array of more artistic use ... read more Book

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Judith Keller & Amanda Maddox (ed)Japan's Modern Divide – The Photographs Of Hiroshi Hamaya & Kansuke Yamamoto (hardcover) ... Book
J Paul Getty Museum, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 49.95
A large book that features the works of two different Japanese photographers – each born within a year of each other, but who took very different paths in their contribution to Japanese art at midcentury! Hiroshi Hamaya began with a journalistic project, and was much more of a documentarian ... read more Book

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Rich KienzleGrand Tour – The Life & Music Of George Jones (hardcover) ... Book
Dey St, 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
George Jones is one of the most amazing talents in country music – and he was also one of the most messed-up cats on the Nashville scene – with a lifestyle and legend that maybe tops the decadence of some of the bigger rock stars of the 70s! Writer Rich Kienzle clearly loves Jones' ... read more Book
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William Klein/David CompnayWilliam Klein – ABC (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 40.00
A lavish examination of the work of William Klein – an important postwar photographer who moved into the worlds of film and graphics in the 60s – and left an indelible imprint on both the scenes in New York and Paris! The book offers up Klein's work in a few different slices – ... read more Book

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Harvey Kubernik & Kenneth KubernikStory Of The Band – From Big Pink To The Last Waltz (hardcover) ... Book
Sterling, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
A very vivid history of The Band – one that's got as many vintage images and photographs as it does text – all following the story of the group from their early years with Ronnie Hawkins, to their rise with Bob Dylan, and their own solo stardom through the Last Waltz! The book is full ... read more Book
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David LaingOne Chord Wonders – Power & Meaning In Punk Rock ... Book
PM, 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 17.95
One of the first books to ever get past the hype and really dig into the political power of punk rock – not just the music itself, but the way its rise helped reshape the world of music at the end of the 70s, and set the scene for generations to come! The book was first published in the mid ... read more Book

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Michael Lewis & Stephen Spignesi (ed)Outdated Advertising – Sexist, Racist, Creepy & Just Plain Tasteless Ads From A Pre-PC Era ... Book
Skyhorse, 2017. New Copy ... $5.99 17.99
A hilarious book, and one that's exactly what it promises in the title – a huge compendium of once-popular advertisements that are now pretty darn creepy by today's standards! Almost all the ads are from old magazines, presented here in both color and black and white – depending on the ... read more Book
(Spine has a remainder mark.)

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Edward McClellandFolktales & Legends Of The Middle West ... Book
Belt Publishing, 2018. New Copy ... $4.99 20.00
Dark tales from the Midwest – mostly 18th and 19th stories from a variety of sources – including sailor shanties, slave spirituals, and the folklore of Native Americans – all presented here in a relatively easy to read format, with a few illustrations. Our favorite story, though, ... read more Book

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Tim MohrBurning Down The Haus – Punk Rock, Revolution & The Fall Of The Berlin Wall (hardcover) ... Book
Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 28.95
That's not a typo in the title – as this "haus" is the city of Berlin in the 80s – or more specifically, East Berlin – home to a punk rock underground that had a surprising amount of political power as the decade moved on! Berlin on the other side of the wall was home ... read more Book
(The spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Eduardo MoralesPin Game Strong – Collect, Create & Celebrate Your Ultimate Enamel Pin Collection (hardcover) ... Book
Insight, 2018. New Copy ... $4.99 19.99
A lively little book dedicated to the ever-evolving artform of the small enamel pin – not the button, the patch, or the brooch – but those small, whimsical accessories which have really gained traction in recent years, thanks partly to the American crafting underground! The book is ... read more Book

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Michael MurphyHear Dat – New Orleans – A Guide To The Rich Musical Heritage & Lively Current Scene ... Book
Countryman Press, 2016. New Copy ... $4.99 18.95
A great introduction to the world of New Orleans music – one that looks both at the long legacy of sounds from the city, and ties it in with contemporary practice – moving back and forth with listings of artists past and present, and current clubs where the music can still be heard. ... read more Book

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Kliph NesteroffComedians – Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, & The History Of American Comedy (hardcover) ... Book
Grove Press, 2015. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
A wonderfully wide look at the growth of American comedy in the 20th century – a book whose subject matter is definitely hinted at by the cover image! The author goes into great depth, and follows a fascinating path of the shifting venues for comedic expression – which also shift the ... read more Book

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Jason Noto & Doug CunninghamBy The Skin Of Our Teeth – The Art & Design Of Morning Breath (hardcover) ... Book
Dey St, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 30.00
A big book of beautiful objects and images – all creations of the Morning Breath Studio in Brooklyn – a force that you may already know from a range of famous record covers over the years! This book dives way deeper into their output, though – and not only features a bit section ... read more Book
(Spine has a remainder mark.)

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Meredith OchsAretha – The Queen Of Soul – A Life In Photographs (hardcover) ... Book
Sterling, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 24.95
Fantastic photographs of the Queen Of Soul – images that start from her early years in Detroit, then move to her rise to fame on Atlantic Records in the 60s – and continue with images that follow Aretha well into her later years too! The book mixes together color and black and white, ... read more Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Matthew PollyBruce Lee – A Life (hardcover) ... Book
Simon & Schuster, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 35.00
There's been lots of mystery and legend surrounding the surprising early death and too-short career of the mighty Bruce Lee – and author Matthew Polly finally blows away some of the smoke, and really digs deeply into the story! The book is filled with loads of new information, exclusive ... read more Book
(Spine has a remainder mark.)

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Ian S PortBirth Of Loud – Leo Fender, Les Paul,& The Guitar Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock N Roll (hardcover) ... Book
Scribner, 2019. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
Fender Guitars and Les Paul are two key names in the rise of electric strings during the postwar years – but we never knew how much the two were at each others' throats during these key years of the guitar – a commercial rivalry that built to great intensity, and which arguably helped ... read more Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Simon ReynoldsShock & Awe – Glam Rock & Its Legacy From Seventies To The Twenty First Century ... Book
Dey St, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 18.99
Simon Reynolds has taken on many musical topics over the years – but he really outdoes himself here, in a massive examination of the rise of glam rock in the 70s – providing far more history and context than we ever would have imagined, and tracing its influence for decades after its ... read more Book
(Spine has a remander mark.)

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Mark RibowskyHank – The Short Life & Long Country Road Of Hank Williams (hardcover) ... Book
Liveright, 2017. New Copy ... $5.99 29.95
Hank Williams only managed to spend 29 short years on our planet – but he packed a hell of a lot of life and creative activity into a space just short of three decades – all covered in great detail here by author Mark Ribowsky! The book's nice and hefty – and not only spends a ... read more Book

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Alistair Robinson/Lucinda Lambton/Peter DoigDavid Harrison (hardcover) ... Book
Philip Wilson Publishers (UK), 2009. New Copy ... $8.99 53.00
A really special selection of work from British artist David Harrison – a large volume that focuses mostly on his paintings of the early 21st Century – a time in his career when Harrison was creating these amazing paintings that were both representational and fantastic at the same time! ... read more Book

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Dmitry SamarovMusic To My Eyes (hardcover) ... Book
Tortoise Books, 2019. New Copy ... $19.99 23.99
A beautiful little book from one of the more inspired creative talents on the Chicago scene – writer/artist Dmitry Samarov, who's always got a talent for getting to the heart of the city – and for being very open about what matters, and why! This book is Dmitry's love letter to the ... read more Book
(Limited edition first pressing!)

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Jonathan ScottVinyl Frontier – The Story Of The Voyager Golden Record (hardcover) ... Book
Bloomsbury/Sigma (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
The fascination story of one of the coolest mixtapes ever – the unique Golden Record that was attached to the Voyager space probe – a gold-plated album that was our way of communicating with interplanetary cultures in the 70s! The record was quite unique – and featured greetings ... read more Book

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David Sedaris/Jeffrey Jenkins (editor)David Sedaris Diaries – A Visual Compenium (hardcover) ... Book
Little Brown, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 50.00
A very unusual sort of diary from writer David Sedaris – but maybe that's what we'd expect, given that Sedaris has always been something of an unusual figure himself! The book does feature diary entries, often from moments when Sedaris was visiting a certain place – but there's also a ... read more Book

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Joel SelvinAltamont – The Rolling Stones, The Hells Angels & The Inside Story Of Rock's Darkest Day (hardcover) ... Book
Dey St, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 27.99
A detailed look at one of the most famous rock and roll concerts of all time – the ill-fated Rolling Stones 1969 performance at Altamont race track, in which the group made the mistake of inviting Hells Angels to handle security! The Angels were bullies, and famously stabbed a concert-goer ... read more Book
(The spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Brian ShanleyDodged & Burned – Seminal Rock Photography 1976-1984 ... Book
HoZac, 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 20.00
An incredible document of the punk and post punk era live music scene in Chicago by Brian Shanley – a photographer and designer who shot so many iconic bands and did design work for Wax Trax Records early on – and this book of his black & whites is pretty breathtaking if you have ... read more Book

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Jim Sherraden/Elek Horvath/Paul KingsburyHatch Show Print – The History Of A Great American Poster Shop (hardcover) ... Book
Chronicle, 2001. New Copy ... $11.99 45.00
A beautiful book about the long life and lovely creations of the Hatch Show Print shop in Nashville – an institution that's well over 100 years old, and which has a fantastic legacy in music, film, and other advertising modes! The book is full color, and tells the history of the shop while ... read more Book

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Robert Harshorn Shimshak (ed)Bill Owens – Leisure (hardcover) ... Book
Fotofolio, 2004. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
Images of America at play in the early 70s – all shot by photographer Bill Owens in Northern California, and brought together as a really beautiful document of the time! As with Owens' Working book, this one features a huge range of different subjects – golfers, dirt bikers, movie ... read more Book

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Robert Harshorn Shimshak (ed)Bill Owens – Working (hardcover) ... Book
Fotofolio, 2008. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
Amazing photographs from the 70s – all part of a "work" project by photographer Bill Owens, who shot most of these images in the Central Valley of California! Owens showed up while folks were working, snapped a portrait of them at their job – and also took down a brief ... read more Book

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Ishii 'EC' Shizuo/Katsuaki HosokawaTechnics SL-1200 ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2019. New Copy ... $24.99
A loving tribute to the Technics 1200 – one of the most important turntables of all time, given its role in hip hop and a heck of a lot of other important styles too! The book is mostly in Japanese, and is more text than some other Japanese books we stock – but there are reproductions ... read more Book

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Fumihito TaguchiJapanese Portable Record Player Catalog ... Book
Jcopy (Japan), 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest books on turntable culture we've ever seen – a really lovely book that features dozens and dozens of Japanese portable turntables – each laid out with lots of photos, model information, and listing of the features too! The book is similar to some of the Japanese ... read more Book

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Dave ThompsonGoldmine Jazz Album Price Guide – 3rd Edition ... Book
Goldmine, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 27.99
An overstuffed edition of the Goldmine Jazz Price Guide – filled with great information! First off – forget the prices in this one, because we hate price guides, and we don't suggest that they actually have any correspondence to the real world – because people buy records at all ... read more Book

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Graeme ThomsonComplicated Shadows – The Life & Music Of Elvis Costello ... Book
Canongate, 2004. New Copy ... $5.99 16.00
Elvis Costello has given us his own detailed account of his life and music – but before that well-circulated volume was released, Grame Thomson did a pretty great job with this one – using his years of experience as a music journalist to plumb the depths of the man and his recordings! ... read more Book

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Jonny TrunkWobbly Sounds – A Collection Of British Flexi Discs ... Book
Four Corners (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
One of the coolest record books we've ever seen – a smaller take on the album art format, but one that focuses exclusively on flexi discs – those thin little records which were usually given away free, and which are usually pretty hard-pressed to survive the passage of time! Yet author ... read more Book

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Rich TupicaThere Was A Light – The Cosmic History Of Chris Bell & The Rise Of Big Star ... Book
HoZac, 2018. New Copy ... $35.99 39.99
Chris Bell is one of the great mysterious figures in 70s underground rock – a key part of Big Star during that group's short run, a solo artist who produced some amazing music that was years ahead of its time, and a tragic figure who was taken from our planet all too soon! Like Gram Parsons, ... read more Book
(Limited to 500 copies!)

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Andre WilliamsSweets & Other Stories (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2009. New Copy Book ... $10.99 12.95
Iceberg Slim, eat your heart out! Andre Williams finally has a book of his own – a set of late life writings that are surprisingly great! The work came out of a post-rehab effort to get his thoughts down on paper, but without putting them in song – and the material is surprisingly ... read more Book

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David WillsHollywood Beach Beauties – Sea Sirens, Sun Goddesses & Summer Style 1930 to 1970 (hardcover) ... Book
Dey St, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 30.00
Images of famous stars at the beach – not the creepy tabloid photos that always seem to catch them at their worst – but lavish full color images that are pulled from film shots, publicity stills, and magazine layouts – all documenting an ever-evolving sense of fashion in the sand ... read more Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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David WillsVegas Gold (hardcover) ... Book
Dey St, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 45.00
A vivid love letter to vintage Vegas – one that's filled with images of the city from the 50s through the 80s, and which also features a special forward by Wayne Newton, and an afterward by Donnie & Marie! The pictures are the real strength of the book, though – and are presented ... read more Book

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Tom WolfArtistic Journey Of Yasuo Kuniyoshi (hardcover) ... Book
Smithsonian, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 59.95
A lovely introduction to the work of Yasuo Kuniyoshi – a Japanese-born artist whose most important creations took place on the American scene of the 20s and 30s, a good number of which are included in this volume! The book is partly biography and critical assessment of Kuniyoshi's work, by ... read more Book

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CJ YoshizawaJapanese Groove Disc Guide A to Z (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $32.99
One of the most essential discographies we've ever seen – mostly because we own almost none of the records in the book, which makes it an essential volume to use for digging in the crates! This time around, the folks at Rittor – who've given us other great record books over the years ... read more Book

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Caroline YoungHitchcock's Heroines (hardcover) ... Book
Insight, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 29.99
A film-by-film look at the women who helped make the movies of Alfred Hitchcock so effective – a list of top shelf cinematic talents that includes Kim Novak, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, and many others – presented here in a mix of film stills, publicity shots ... read more Book
 
 



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