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Tim J AndersonMaking Easy Listening – Material Culture & Postwar American Recording ... Book
University Of Minnesota Press, 2006. New Copy ... $3.99 25.00
A very deep look at the rise of easy listening in the postwar years – the transformation of instrumental styles to a particular kind of mood music that had a huge rise in sales during the 50s and 60s! Author Tim Anderson looks at a wide number of factors here – including workings of ... read more Book

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Bento AraujoLindo Sonho Delirante Vol 3 – 100 Fearless Records From Brazil 1986 to 2000 ... Book
Poeira Zine (Brazil), 2021. New Copy ... $34.99 39.00
Author Bento Araujo has given us previous examinations of crucial Brazilian records in the 60s and 70s – and this important third volume shows just how strongly the spirit of experimentation continued well into the 21st Century – as the CD era opened up new frontiers for sonic ... read more Book

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Jake AustenFlying Saucers Rock 'N' Roll – Conversations With Unjustly Obscure Rock 'N' Soul Eccentrics (paperback) ... Book
Duke University Press, 2011. New Copy Book ... $5.99 24.95
The best (truly – they got this book right) of Roctober gets a classy rock 'n' soul book compilation from Duke University Press – an incredible collection of interviews that were featured over the years in the great DIY magazine over the years! Interviews with musical legends who ... read more Book

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Marty BaumannToybox Time Machine – A Catalog Of The Coolest Toys Never Made (hardcover) ... Book
IDW Publishing, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 29.99
A beautiful book of graphic imagination – a book that features 60s-styled ads for toys that never existed – but which take us back to the glory days of Matchbox, Big Daddy Roth, and Aurora Monster Models! The artwork is all by Marty Bauman – who would have made a heck of a toy ... read more Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Peter BenjaminsonMary Wells – The Tumultuous Life Of Motown's First Superstar (hardcover) ... Book
Chicago Review Press, 2012. New Copy ... $4.99 29.95
A stunning look at the great Mary Wells – one of Motown's first female acts of the 60s, and one of the decade's most important early soul figures as well! Mary's work on record is very well-known, but the story behind the music is completely different, and surprisingly dark at times – ... read more Book

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Steve BergsmanI Put A Spell On You – The Bizarre Life Of Screamin Jay Hawkins ... Book
Feral House, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 17.95
Screamin Jay Hawkins is best-remembered for his crazy R&B tune "I Put A Spell On You" – a wild track from the postwar years – and it turns out that the man himself has had a life that's equally wild over the years, served up here by author Steve Bergsman, pulled from ... read more Book

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Steven BlushNew York Rock – From The Rise Of The Velvet Underground To The Fall Of CBGB ... Book
St Martins, 2016. New Copy ... $7.99 34.99
That's quite a cover photo on the book – and the interweaving of key talents in the image really gets at the style of the narrative within! Author Steven Blush delivers a decidedly one-sided document of the New York scene from the late 60s onward – a picture of countless creative ... read more Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Steven Blush with Paul Rachman & Tony MannLost Rockers – Broken Dreams & Crashed Careers (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2016. New Copy ... $5.99 27.50
A pretty great book about folks who almost made it in the music business, but who never quite hit the stardom they were destined for – even though a few of these figures have become legendary over the years! The book looks at rock and soul artists from the 60s and 70s, almost all of them ... read more Book

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Cisco BradleyUniversal Tonality – The Life & Music Of William Parker ... Book
Duke University Press, 2021. New Copy ... $20.99 29.95
A huge book on the equally-huge creative legacy of bassist William Parker – a musician who first arose in the loft jazz scene in New York during the 70s, but who's gone on to be one of its greatest surviving players, and one who's transformed the inspirations of that world into so many ... read more Book

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Billy BraggRoots Radicals & Rockers – How Skiffle Changed The World (hardcover) ... Book
Faber & Faber (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
You'll know Billy Bragg as a singer/songwriter, but he's also a surprisingly strong historian and author here – giving us a vivid look at the rise of skiffle bands on the UK scene at the end of the 50s! Skiffle was something that never played as strongly on our shores, but was inspired by ... read more Book

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Peter Brotzmann & OthersAlong The Way (hardcover) ... Book
Wolke Verlag (Germany), 2021. New Copy ... $36.99 40.00
A fantastic volume of artwork by Peter Brotzmann – a talent that most people know for his groundbreaking work on saxophone, but also a visual artist with a style that's as powerful as his music! You've likely seen some of Brotzmann's art on the covers of his various records over the year, ... read more Book

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Nick BrownleeBubblegum – The History Of Plastic Pop ... Book
Sanctuary, 2003. New Copy ... $3.99 19.98
A cool little retrospective of 50 years worth of manufactured pop music – one that starts out with the earliest roots of the genre in rock and roll, and follows it right up to present-day boy bands and studio acts! The book moves forward decade by decade, focusing on group after group – ... read more Book

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Robbie BuschRock Covers (hardcover) (40th Anniversary edition) ... Book
Taschen, 2015. New Copy ... $19.99 25.00
A super-huge book of classic album covers from the 60s, 70s, and beyond – not just famous images, like the one pictured on the cover – and instead a very thoughtful collection of rock record shots from both the mainstream and the underground, with an especial eye for the kind of ... read more Book
(Hardcover, 6.1 x 8.5 in., 3.23 lb, 512 pages)

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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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Clark CollisYou've Got Red On You – How Shaun Of The Dead Was Brought To Life (hardcover) ... Book
1984, 2021. New Copy ... $18.99 26.99
A surprisingly rich look at a film that's gone on to become a modern day classic – the 2004 zombie comedy Shaun Of The Dead – served up here in a wealth of details on its creation and rise to fame over the years! The book is a bit different than the usual "behind the scenes" ... read more Book

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Chris ConnellyHeart Has To Ache Before It Learns To Beat – The Lyrics & Poems Of Chris Connely ... Book
Shipwrecked, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 29.99
Chris Connelly is a hell of a singer – a man with a god-like voice that we'd rank right up there next to David Bowie and Scott Walker – and we're sometimes so entranced by the sound of his voice that we actually forget to listen to the lyrics of his songs, which are equally great! This ... read more Book
(Initial copies signed by Chris Connelly himself!)

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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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John Corbett, Jim Dempsey, & OthersPrivate Eye – The Imagist Impulse In Chicago Art (hardcover) ... Book
Indianapolis Museum Of Art, 2021. New Copy ... $42.99 55.00
A beautiful book on the imagist art movement in Chicago – a late 60s burst of creativity that was one of the greatest visual moments in the city at the time – filled with striking, colorful, and cartoony images such as the one on the cover! The book was done in collaboration with the ... read more Book

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Jerry Dantzic/Grayson DantzicBillie Holiday At Sugar Hill (hardcover) ... Book
Thames & Hudson, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99 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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Thulani DavisNothing But The Music ... Book
Blank Forms, 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 20.00
Fantastic work from an overlooked poet – one who takes up music as her subject matter throughout this collection of work – with individual pieces on Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, the Bad Brains, Thelonious Monk, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and other key figures in music from the ... read more Book

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Jean-Emmanuel DeluxeYe-Ye Girls Of French 60s Pop ... Book
Feral House, 2013. New Copy ... $18.99 25.00
A lovely look at the world of 60s French female pop – the scene that gave the world Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, and France Gall – plus dozens of others you'll discover in the pages of the book! The book is 7" square – recreating the shape of the French EP releases that ... read more Book

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Dayton Duncan & Ken BurnsCountry Music – An Illustrated History (hardcover) ... Book
Knopf, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 55.00
A beautiful book on the evolution of country music in America during the 20th Century – done in collaboration with the Ken Burns documentary of the same name, and served up in a lavish package that's filled with hundreds of images that were used in the series! Dayton Duncan wrote most of the ... read more Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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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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Christian Fevret, Carole Mirabello, JC Gabel, & Margret Ross, edsVelvet Underground Experience (hardcover) ... Book
Hat & Beard, 2019. New Copy ... $52.99 60.00
One of the greatest books we've ever seen on The Velvet Underground – and one that definitely lives up to the promise of the title! The volume brings together interviews, essays, and other material over the space of the group's career, and beyond – but all mixed with vintage images, ... read more Book

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Al FingersClarks In Jamaica (hardcover) (2nd edition) ... Book
One Love, 2021. New Copy ... $42.99 59.99
A really cool book, and one that documents a legacy in Jamaican culture you might not expect – a longstanding love of Clark's shoes, and one that resonates surprisingly strongly with the music scene as well! The relationship might be the same between sneakers and basketball in our part of ... read more Book

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Laurent FintoniBedroom Beats & B-Sides – Instrumental Hip-Hop & Electronic Music At The Turn Of The Century ... Book
Velocity, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Hip hop was born on the streets of the South Bronx – but as the years went on, budgets changed, equipment evolved, and the music moved into some much more private spaces of creation – a rich legacy of homegrown production that's very well-documented in this book! The shift was key ... read more Book

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Freddy FreshFreddy Fresh Presents The Rap Records – Revised 2nd Edition ... Book
Freddy Fresh, 2007. New Copy ... $14.99 39.99
If you liked the first volume of this essential book, you'll love this revised edition – because it's almost 3 times bigger, and stuffed with great new features! The book's a lifetime labor of love for Freddy Fresh – an extensive discography that's got to be the most definitive book on ... read more Book

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Will FriedwaldGreat Jazz & Pop Vocal Albums (hardcover) ... Book
Pantheon, 2017. New Copy ... $5.99 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
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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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
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Michael GingoldAd Astra – 20 Years of Newspaper Ads For Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films ... Book
1984, 2019. New Copy ... $24.99 34.95
A fascinating look at a world of cinema from the last 20 years of the past century – served up in a host of rare newspaper ads that were painstakingly collected by the author! Yet Michael Gingold isn't just some guy who snipped his way through the paper for decades – as he also ... read more Book

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Michael GingoldAd Nauseam II – Newsprint Nightmares From The 1990s & 2000s ... Book
1984, 2019. New Copy ... $24.99 34.95
A hell of a great idea for a book – a collection of newspaper ads for horror films from the 90s and 00s – served up with page after page of striking images, as well as text from the author about each film, and snippets of press reviews from the time! The book is a beautiful tribute to ... read more Book

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Allen GinsbergBest Minds Of My Generation – A Literary History Of The Beats (hardcover) ... Book
Grove Press, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99 27.00
The story of the beat generation – from a writer who was a key part of the movement, and knew just about anyone who was worth his salt at the time! Allen Ginsberg was the poet whose work helped set first to the beat scene in the late 50s – and was one of the most well-traveled, well-con ... 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 ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Al Green & Davin SeayTake Me To The River – An Autobiography (paperback) ... Book
Chicago Review Press, 2000/2009. New Copy Book ... $4.99 14.95
The story of one of greatest soul singers of all time, and also one who is living a fascinating journey, to say the very least – the great Al Green! The Arkansas born, Memphis soul legend tells his story to music writer Davin Seay, from his years reinventing southern soul music through his ... read more Book
(2009 Chicago Review Press reprint.)

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Ben GreenmanDig If You Will The Picture – Funk, Sex, & God In The Music Of Prince (hardcover) ... Book
Faber & Faber, 2017. New Copy ... $5.99 24.99
A nice change from the usual book on the music and life of Prince – as author Ben Greenman brings in a fair bit of analysis as he moves through the career of the legendary soul singer – all in ways that are strongly hinted at by the title! Greenman divides the book up into four ... read more Book

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James GreerGuided By Voices – A Brief History – Twenty-One Years Of Hunting Accidents In The Forest Of Rock & Roll ... Book
Black Cat, 2005. New Copy ... $4.99 16.00
The story of Guided By Voices – a group who labored in the American underground for quite some time before finding big fame – a story that makes the group's success far more interesting than most! The book details all the work and time that Robert Pollard put into getting the group ... read more Book

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Ross HalfinLed Zeppelin Vinyl – The Essential Collection (hardcover) ... Book
Reel Art, 2021. New Copy ... $49.99 59.95
A totally cool book – and one that goes way past the familiar Led Zep images you may know from their classic records of the 70s – as this hefty volume is filled with strange an unusual covers for records that contain music by the band – rare imports, unusual pressings, and a huge ... 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
(The spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Jim Heimann & Steven HellerToys – 100 Years Of All-American Toy Ads (hardcover) ... Book
Taschen, 2021. New Copy ... $30.99 40.00
A very beautiful book – and one that's maybe as creepy as it is colorful, given that it presents hundreds of older advertisements for toys – some completely delightful, but some a bit chilling too! The variety of material here is wonderful – a mixture of American and European ... read more Book

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Dave HoekstraCenter Of Nowhere – The Spirit & Sounds Of Springfield, Missouri ... Book
Lucky Kind, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A small book of notes from author Dave Hoekstra – designed to accompany the documentary of the same name, and like that film – a volume to tell the overlooked tale of this lost center of Midwestern music! The 42 page book is less of an historical tome, than added notes for the film ... read more Book

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Nicole HollanderWe Ate Wonder Bread – A Memoir Of Growing Up On The West Side Of Chicago ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 22.99
Nicole Hollander's best known for her work in the field of comics – but she's also a native of our fair city of Chicago – and does a really wonderful job here of detailing her childhood on the west side of the city! Hollander mixes illustration and narrative in a great way – ... read more Book
(Please note – these copies have a remainder mark on the spine and are slightly shelf worn.)

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✨✧ Josiah HowardBlaxploitation Cinema – The Essential Reference Guide (hardcover) (2nd edition) ... Book
Fab, 2021. New Copy ... $20.99 29.95
A totally fantastic book – one that will take you deeply into the world of black action cinema of the 70s, and get you way past the bigger hits like Shaft and Superfly! The book is as lively as the cover – filled with images from posters and films throughout, in support of alphabetical ... read more Book

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Jacksons with Fred BronsonJacksons Legacy – From The Family Archives – The 50th Anniversary Book (hardcover) ... Book
Black Dog, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99 29.99
The story of Michael and The Jackson 5 – all presented here in an array of fantastic materials all pulled together from the family archives! The book is stunning – hefty, full color, and with page after page of really great material – images of records, live shows, special events ... 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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✨✧ Alan JonesFrightfest Guide To Exploitation Movies ... Book
Fab, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 19.95
Maybe you've never seen The Creamator, Caged Men, Brotherhood Of Satan, Sleazy Rider, or Garden Of The Dead – but you'll soon discover the charms of those films and dozens of others in this really cool book – a full-color volume on work from the glory days of the exploitation film of ... read more Book

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Kenney JonesLet The Good Times Roll – My Life In Small Faces, Faces & The Who (hardcover) ... Book
Thomas Dunne, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 29.99
Drummer Kenney Jones finally gets his time in the spotlight – a fantastic force on the drumkit, and maybe one of the few who could replace the late Keith Moon in The Who – not to mention a core element in the great sound of both The Faces and Small Faces, plus some of the early Rod ... read more Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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John Duke KischSeparate Cinema – The First 100 Years Of Black Poster Art (hardcover) ... Book
Reel Art, 2018. New Copy ... $34.99 45.00
Beautiful posters from a huge legacy in film – 100 years' worth of images that were used to promote black cinema – with entries that run from the early silent era, through unusual mid-century material, 70s blacksploitation movies, and both mainstream and indie films from later decades! ... read more Book

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Lili KobielskiI Refuse For The Devil To Take My Soul – Inside Cook County Jail (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 40.00
Here's a book that will immediately wipe away any Orange Is The New Black fantasies you might have about prison – as the heavy volume is filled with images from the Cook County jail, located in our fair city of Chicago – presented here with an unwavering eye, in a series of portraits, ... read more Book

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KomakusaThree Blind Mice – Complete Disc Guide (hardcover) ... Book
Komakusa (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $36.99 40.00
The complete discography of the legendary Japanese jazz label Three Blind Mice – one of the most innovative imprints of the 70s! The book features a page for every single title issued by the label – with a black and white cover image, and details on all the players and other record ... read more Book

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Shawn LevyDolce Vita Confidential – Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi & The Swinging High Life Of 1950s Rome (hardcover) ... Book
Norton, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 27.95
Italy was hit hard in the postwar years – as you've no doubt seen in the urban landscapes of neo-realist directors from the time – but the city of Rome was one of the first places to really bounce back, and was ablaze with new cultural activity during the 50s! The story of that scene ... read more Book

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Miriam Linna & Randell FullerI Fought The Law – The Life & Strange Death Of Bobby Fuller ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 19.95
The incredible rise and too-fast fall of the late Bobby Fuller – the southwest rocker who gave the world the classic "I Fought The Law", then died as a beaten, broken man in a car fire in 1966! The book tells the full story of Bobby's life and music from the perspective of his ... read more Book

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Jessica LipskyIt Ain't Retro – Daptone Records & The 21st Century Soul Revolution ... Book
Jawbone, 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 22.95
Dang right, it ain't retro – as Daptone Records helped ignite a huge funk and soul underground in the 21st Century – music that might have been inspired by the past, but which really helped point the way forward for a generation! Daptone didn't just spring onto the scene fully formed ... read more Book

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Aaron Lupton & Jeff SzpirglasBlood On Black Wax – Horror Soundtracks On Vinyl (hardcover – expanded edition) ... Book
1984, 2019. New Copy ... $24.99 34.95
A beautiful book on horror film soundtracks on vinyl – one that starts with the earliest days of scores for famous early Universal monster movies, then really takes off when it hits the glory days of the 70s and 80s soundtrack! The book nicely moves past the classic generation – and ... read more Book

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Bruno MacDonaldGreatest Albums You'll Never Hear – Unreleased Records By The World's Greatest Musicians (hardcover) ... Book
Aurum (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 28.00
A really cool look at albums that never happened – planned projects that were almost produced, but which fell apart at some point in the creative process – leading to a surprisingly large legacy of lost albums by some of rock music's biggest stars! Sure, everyone knows a few of these ... read more Book

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✨✧ Sal Maida, Mitchell Cohen, & FriendsWhite Label Promo Preservation Society – 100 Flop Albums You Ought To Know ... Book
HoZac, 2021. New Copy ... $28.99
A really great idea for a book on records – and one that's completely different than most that we've seen before! Unlike other books of this nature, which are filled with "essential" or "classic" records – this book is full of flops, or records that never really hit ... read more Book

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Man Ray/Jennifer Mundy (ed)Man Ray – Writings On Art (hardcover) ... Book
Tate (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 45.00
The first full edition of the writings of Man Ray – an artist who's best known for his important contributions to the worlds of Dada and Surrealism in the 20th Century – but also a surprisingly sensitive theoretician, one whose comments on his work and his world offer up a very ... read more Book

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Greil MarcusReal Life Rock – The Complete Top Ten Columns 1986 to 2014 ... Book
Yale University Press, 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 20.00
Nearly 30 years of work from one of the best writers on rock and roll – served up here in a nearly-endless succession of columns all based around a single format – one that many other publications have copped over the years, but which Greil Marcus virtually invented at the Village Voice! ... read more Book

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Shotaro MatsumotoWalearic Disc Guide ... Book
P-Vine (Japan), 2019. New Copy ... $29.99
One of the most unusual disc guides we've ever seen – a book that coins its own genre of music, Walearic – then finds a whole host of vintage records that fall under that new category! The book is filled with listings of rare records from Japan – music in many styles, and which ... read more Book

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Shinya MatsuyamaEternal Futurism – Complete Works Of Can ... Book
Ele-King (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $32.99
An unusual Japanese book on the music of the genius German group Can – one that's half history, half discography – including a fair bit of listings for later projects and related works by members of the group! If you can't read Japanese, there's not much for you in the first half of ... read more Book

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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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Jimmy McDonoughSoul Survivor – A Biography Of Al Green (hardcover) ... Book
Da Capo, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
The first really in-depth look at the life of the great Al Green – a book that traces the fascinating journey that led a young man from Memphis to the top of the soul charts in the 70s – only to leave the world of secular music for the church in the following decade, then go on to a ... read more Book

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William MeyersOuter Boroughs – New York Beyond Manhattan (hardcover) ... Book
Damiani (Italy), 2015. New Copy ... $6.99 50.00
New York far beyond Times Square and tourist sites – served up here in a beautiful book of black and white photographs from the other four boroughs of the city! Over the course of decades, photographer William Meyers took random subways to Queens, The Bronx, and Brooklyn – and the ... read more Book

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Ethan MichaeliDefender – How The Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America (hardcover) ... Book
Houghton Mifflin, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 32.00
We're ultra-proud to be Chicagoans – and one of the many things that makes is proud is The Chicago Defender – our city's famous African-American newspaper, easily one of the best and most important in a long legacy of progressive 20th Century publications! This very hefty book tells ... read more Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Barry MilesZapple Diaries – The Rise & Fall Of The Last Beatles Label (hardcover) ... Book
Peter Owens (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 26.95
A really cool look at a label that was maybe one of the hippest things the Beatles ever did – the short-lived Zapple imprint – which was part of their main Apple label, but dedicated to more experimental work from a variety of musicians and writers! The imprint is perhaps best ... read more Book

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Hitoshi NagasawaVenus On Vinyl – Welcome To The World Of Beautiful Beauty Jackets (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2019. New Copy ... $34.99
A beautiful book that looks at the rise of the cheesecake album cover in the 50s – partly in the world of easy listening and mood music, but also in some other surprising genres too! The book is put together by the Japanese Rittor company, who've given us other great "disc guides" ... 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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Robert Nippoldt & Hans-Jurgen SchaalJazz – New York In The Roaring Twenties ... Book
Taschen, 2021. New Copy ... $30.99 40.00
A beautiful look at the early years of jazz – served up here in a set of portraits drawn by the author, which are interspersed with bits of history and the stories behind their music! There's a really unified feel to the drawings of Robert Nippoldt – who takes a style that's somewhere ... read more Book
(XL edition – super-huge and beautiful!)

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Tony Nourmand & Graham Marsh, edsX-Rated – Adult Movie Posters Of The 60s & 70s (expanded edition) ... Book
Reel Art, 2018. New Copy ... $32.99 50.00
Beautiful work from the glory days of the adult film – hundreds of posters that were used to publicize erotic cinema – often themselves a masterpiece in erotic aesthetics! Given that most of the posters were outside the theater, open to the public, there's a fair bit of hide and seek, ... read more Book

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Akira ObuchiGangsta Rap Disc Guide – Lyrics Focus On Thug & Gangsta Life ... Book
Ele-King (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $29.99
A special sort of Japanese disc guide – one that focuses on the key recordings in gangsta rap from the 80s onward – served up here in the usual format of these publications! As you might guess, the text is all in Japanese – but the book is filled with hundreds of album covers, ... read more Book

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Elizabeth PartridgeThis Land Was Made For You & Me – The Life & Songs Of Woody Guthrie (hardcover) ... Book
Viking, 2002. New Copy Book ... Just Sold Out!
A stunner of of a biography on The Life And Songs Of Woody Guthrie – titled This Land Is Your Land, apporpriately enough – a National Book Award finalist for author Elizabeth Partridge! To research, Partridge spent time with Guthrie friends, peers, family and influencees, from Pete ... read more Book

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Gilles Peterson & Stuart BakerCuba – Music & Revolution – Original Album Cover Art Of Cuban Music ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $40.99 49.99
A beautiful book of ultra-rare album cover art – Cuban records from the 50s through the 90s – a fair bit of which were never available here in the US market! The book follows similar projects by Stuart Baker under the Soul Jazz imprint – but this one is maybe even more essential, ... read more Book

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Gary Pullin/April SnellingsGhoulish – The Art Of Gary Pullin ... Book
1984, 2018. New Copy ... $20.99 29.99
That's a reworked image for Friday The 13th on the cover – but that's only part of the picture of the wide range of artwork from horror illustrator Gary Pullin – as you'll find out in this massive full color book! Part of the volume features Gary's new takes on classic movie posters ... read more Book

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Sun RaExtensions Out – Four Poetry Books 1957 to 1972 ... Book
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021. New Copy ... $42.99 50.00
An incredible package – one that brings together four rare publications by Sun Ra – printed words that are every bit as groundbreaking as his music – and which together represent the farther-flung corners of his vast cultural enterprise! The set represents each of the texts in ... read more Book

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✨✧ Sun RaSpace Is The Place (hardcover book with CD & DVD) ... Book
Harte, 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A legendary film gets a legendary package – a special limited book-style presentation of Space Is The Place – with a DVD that includes two different versions of the film, and a newly-remastered CD presentation of the music, which also includes two never-issued tracks! The book alone is ... read more Book
(Limited edition of 3000.)

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Daniel RachelArt Of Noise – Conversations With Great Songwriters ... Book
St Martins, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 22.99
The title's a bit misleading – as there's not really any noise going on here, and the main focus is on lyricism – given that the author spends his time interviewing a huge array of famous songwriters for this project! The book is very large, and features author Daniel Rachel ... read more Book

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Anthony ReedSoundworks – Race, Sound, & Poetry In Production ... Book
Duke University Press, 2021. New Copy ... $18.99 26.95
A masterful call for a fresh look at a key side of black artistic creation – the use of the studio in art creation, especially in the blend of words and music that came out of some of the important jazz/poetry experiments from the late 50s through the late 70s! The book mixes theory and ... read more Book

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Sharon RobinsonOn Tour With Leonard Cohen (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 45.00
A close-up view of Leonard Cohen during his 2009 worldwide tour – served up over the course of almost 200 photos taken by Sharon Robinson, who was embedded with Cohen during the tour, and had continual access to its process! These aren't the usual stage or backstage shots – although ... read more Book

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Claus SchreinerMusica Brasileira – A History Of Popular Music & The People Of Brazil (paperback) ... Book
Marion Boyars Publishers (UK), 2002. New Copy ... $3.99 16.95
A history of popular Brazilian music from Claus Schriener – a nice and very far reaching reference as well as a more personal view of the diverse, amazing wealth of great music to come from the country over many years! Schriener blends portraits of Brazil's most iconic musical figures as ... 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 ... $4.99 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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Afshin ShahidiPrince – A Private View (hardcover) ... Book
St Martins, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99 35.00
A book that's heavy on images of Prince from the 90s – all captured by Afshin Shahidi, who worked with Prince on a variety of video and photographic projects during the decade! Most images are portraits, but there's also some performance and candid shots too – all presented in full ... read more Book

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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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Kathy SloaneKeystone Korner – Portrait Of A Jazz Club (with bonus CD) ... Book
Indiana University Press, 2011. New Copy ... $3.99 40.00
A beautiful portrait of one of the most important jazz clubs on the west coast scene of the 70s – the legendary Keystone Korner, a name you might recognize from the dozens of great albums that were recorded at the venue! The book has a very cool approach – in that it lets the many ... read more Book

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Patricia Smith & Michael AbramsonGotta Go Gotta Flow – Life Love & Lust From Chicago's South Side (hardcover) ... Book
City Files, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 45.00
A beautiful combination of words and image – as the poetry of Patricia Smith is combined with vintage 70s photographs by Michael Abramson – the same sort of material that was featured in the Light On The Southside book/album from the Numero Group! This presentation is quite different ... read more Book

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Gemma Solana & Antonio BoneuUncredited – Graphic Design & Opening Titles In Movies (hardcover) ... Book
Gingko Press, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 55.00
An art book on a format that almost never gets is full due – that of the opening credit sequences in cinema – often a whole genre of film unto themselves! Fortunately, the authors correct the big lack of writing on the mode – and offer up hundreds of pages that reproduce opening ... read more Book
(Includes DVD.)

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Todd StadtmanFunky Bollywood – The Wild World Of 1970s Indian Action Cinema ... Book
Fab (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
The sounds of Bollywood are nothing new to the racks at Dusty Groove – but this may be the first book we've ever seen that does a good job of opening up the actual films for the laymen like us! The book's a non-academic, visually-stunning look at the fantastic Indian film culture of the 70s ... read more Book

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Robert E Steele/Dorit YaronAfrican American Art Since 1950 – Perspectives From The David C Driskell Center ... Book
David C Driskell Center, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 25.00
A well-done monograph for a show that ran at the University Of Maryland – and one that stands well enough on its own, given the amount of history and information included with the images! The book follows the spirit of the exhibition – and not only includes a timeline of creative ... read more Book

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Ellin SteinThat's Not Funny, That's Sick – The National Lampoon & The Comedy Insurgents Who Captured The Mainstream (hardcover) ... Book
WW Norton, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 27.95
Not the first book on the groundbreaking comedy of the National Lampoon – but a very detailed document of the fantastic story of the magazine – a publication that not only shaped our sensibilities in the 70s, but also had a pretty big impact on radio, recording, and film as well! The ... read more Book

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Paul SteinbeckMessage To Our Folks – The Art Ensemble of Chicago ... Book
University Of Chicago, 2017. New Copy ... $26.99 32.00
A much-needed look at the genius of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago – one of the coolest, most compelling groups to emerge in the great wave of avant jazz in the late 60s – and one who continued to give the world a lifetime legacy of groundbreaking music! There's been plenty written on the ... read more Book

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Travis D StimelingCountry Music Reader ... Book
Oxford, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 39.95
A great survey of important writings on country music from the earliest years to the present – one that doesn't just focus on the work of historians and music journalists, but also includes material from popular magazines, fan newsletters, trade publications, and even the artists themselves! ... read more Book

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Bruce W TalamonSoul, R&B, & Funk – Photographs 1972 to 1982 (hardcover) ... Book
Taschen, 2018. New Copy ... $53.99 70.00
A decade's worth of funky photographs – served up here in a completely massive book! Photographer Bruce Talamon was clearly the man on the scene in the 70s – able to gain access to some of the best soul and funk artists of the time – both onstage and backstage, with some great ... read more Book

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Gay Talese/Phil SternFrank Sinatra Has A Cold (hardcover) ... Book
Taschen, 2021. New Copy ... $53.99 70.00
A fantastic presentation of a fantastic piece of writing the famous title essay by Gay Talese from 1965 – written after the author was continually rebuffed from getting an interview with Frank Sinatra, but was able to witness the world around him in the process! The work is a stunning ... read more Book

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Pat ThomasDid It – From Yippie To Yuppie – Jerry Rubin An American Revolutionary (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 49.99
A surprisingly beautiful book on the famous 60s radical Jerry Rubin – one that's not only the first-ever look at the man's life, politics, and influence – but one that's also presented in a lavishly visual style that really conveys the crossroads of art and ideas of which Rubin was a ... read more Book

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Michael TisserandKrazy – George Herriman, A Life In Black & White (hardcover) ... Book
Harper, 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
There have been a number of art books over the years about George Herriman – groundbreaking cartoonist and animator, and the creator of Krazy Kat – but this may be the first really well-done historical look at his live and creations – presented in a beautiful format that still ... read more Book
(Small remainder mark on spine.)

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Jonny TrunkAuto Erotica – A Grand Tour Through Classic Car Brochures Of The 1960s to 1980s ... Book
Fuel (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $29.99 34.95
You might know Jonny Trunk as the head of England's amazing Trunk Records label – but here, he demonstrates a completely different side of his talents, although one that's as aesthetically dynamic as the music he puts on his records! As the title implies, the book features two decades' worth ... read more Book

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Jonny TrunkWrappers Delight ... Book
Fuel (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $25.99 32.95
Jonny Trunk's a man who's given us plenty of great music over the years – his fantastic productions on the Trunk Records label – but this time around, he's presenting us with something sweeter – hundreds of rare candy wrappers from the 20th Century, mixed with some soda cans and a ... read more Book

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Jonny Trunk/Jerry Dammers (intro)Music Library – Graphic Art & Sound (revised & expanded) ... Book
Fuel Design (UK), 2005. New Copy ... $42.99 55.00
An incredible guide to sound library music around the world – one that features artwork from countless different labels, and brief notes on their history and output! The package is quite unique – not really a discography, not really an art book – but kind of a mix of both – ... read more Book

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Ryan WalshAstral Weeks – A Secret History Of 1968 (paperback) ... Book
Penguin Books, 2019. New Copy Book ... $5.99 18.00
Van Morrison's album Astral Weeks is one of the standout records of the late 60s – a set that opens itself up to the listener instantly, and with maybe more impact than most of Morrison's other wonderful work from the same period. Yet there's plenty behind the record that's not in its ... read more Book
(The spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Chris WareAdventures Of Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid On Earth (softcover) ... Book
Pantheon Books, 2003. New Copy ... $6.99 29.99
A major comics achievement! Chris Ware's elliptical Jimmy Corrigan story was serialized over the course of several years in many syndicated newspaper markets. The story, while brilliant and certainly beautiful to look at, was a little hard to follow in weekly installments. Now it's been ... read more Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Chris WareRusty Brown (hardcover) ... Book
Pantheon Books, 2019. New Copy ... $6.99 35.00
We love the work of cartoonist Chris Ware, but we maybe love his Rusty Brown character even more than the rest – as Rusty's an inveterate collector, with the sort of special drive that's plagued us all of our lives! Yet the depth of this volume really matches Ware's more famous character ... read more Book
 
 



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