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XA special selection of disc guides and discographies, music history, record art books, graphic novels, and some nicely-priced remainders!


Duke University Press, 2020. New Copy
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 ... Book

Adam Cooper & Nile Southern (editors)

Chicago 1968 – The Whole World Is Watching (hardcover)
Hat & Beard, 2018. New Copy
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 ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2015. New Copy
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 ... Book

Ishii 'EC' Shizuo/Katsuaki Hosokawa

Technics SL-1200
Rittor (Japan), 2019. New Copy
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 ... Book
Equinox (UK), 2018. New Copy
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 ... Book
Duke University Press, 2017. New Copy
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 ... Book
University Of Chicago, 2019. New Copy
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 ... Book
Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill, 2018. New Copy
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 ... Book
Little Brown, 2018. New Copy
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, ... Book
John Hopkins University Press, 2007. New Copy
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 – ... Book
Grove Press, 2015. New Copy
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 ... Book
Skyhorse, 2018. New Copy
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 ... Book
Omnibus (UK), 2016. New Copy
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 – ... Book
Bloomsbury, 2018. New Copy
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 ... Book
Polygon (UK), 2016. New Copy
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 ... Book
Yale University Press, 2016. New Copy
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 ... Book
Goldmine, 2016. New Copy
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 ... Book
Flatiron Books, 2015. New Copy
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 ... Book
Princeton Architectural Press, Late 60s/Early 70s/2015. New Copy
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 ... Book
Canongate, 2004. New Copy
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! ... Book
Duke, 2013. New Copy
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 ... Book
Duke University Press, 2016. New Copy
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 ... Book
V&A (UK), 2012. New Copy
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 ... Book
Harper Perennial, 2013. New Copy
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 ... Book
University Of Pennsylvania, 2005. New Copy
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 ... Book
William Morrow, 2014. New Copy
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 ... Book
Back Beat, 2013. New Copy
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 ... Book

Hartmut Geerken & Chris Trent

Sun Ra Omniverse (hardcover)
Art Yard (Germany), 1994/2015. New Copy
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 ... Book
HoZac, 2018. New Copy
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, ... Book
Jcopy (Japan), 2016. New Copy
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 ... Book
Four Corners (UK), 2019. New Copy
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 ... Book
Tortoise Books, 2019. New Copy
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 ... Book
Abrams, 2010. New Copy
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 ... Book

Jinx & Mr C (James O'Connor & Damen Corrado)

Compliments Of Chicagohoodz – Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture
Feral House, 2019. New Copy
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 ... Book
Yale University Press, 2015. New Copy
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 ... Book
Prestel (Germany), 2015. New Copy
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 ... Book
Beware Doll, 2015. New Copy Book & LP
A beautifully collaborative project – a hardcover book of photos by Sam Jones, packaged with a full album of music by Blake Mills! The Jones photos are more than enough in themselves – these large images of the contemporary south – often very open, airy spaces – with images ... Book
Duke University Press, 2018. New Copy
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 ... Book
Yale University Press, 2014. New Copy
One of the most compelling books we've ever read on Pop Art – and one of the most visually stunning, too – given that the heavy, hardcover volume is filled with images that go way past the familiar tropes of the movement! Author Thomas Crow takes a very longform look at Pop Art – ... Book
Officina Libraria (Italy), 2014. New Copy
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 – ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2009. New Copy Book
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 ... Book
Dey St, 2016. New Copy
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 ... Book

David Sedaris/Jeffrey Jenkins (editor)

David Sedaris Diaries – A Visual Compenium (hardcover)
Little Brown, 2017. New Copy
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 ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2014. New Copy
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 ... Book
Sterling, 2018. New Copy
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, ... Book
Crown Archetype, 2017. New Copy
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 ... Book
Kant (Czech Republic), 2012. New Copy
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 ... Book
Pantheon, 2017. New Copy
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 ... Book
Ballantine, 2017. New Copy
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 ... Book
Back Bay, 2004. New Copy
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 ... Book
 
Updated April 04, 2020


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