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


Wax Poetics, 2007. New Copy
The first 5 issues of the legendary Wax Poetics – the one-and-only genius publication dedicated to the art of crate-digging, aka funky soul & hip hop vinyl archeology – collected in this massive hardcover tome! Anthology Vol 1 tackles the essential chore of bringing those earliest ... Book
Mike Reed, 2019. New Copy
A beautiful book on the Chicago jazz scene, and the things that make it really special – not the Windy City world of years back – when Ramsey Lewis and other big names were dominating things – but Chicago in more recent years, when the city has been a non-stop hotbed of continuous ... Book
Almighty & Insane Books, 2020. New Copy
The secret history of Chicago house music – a side of the scene that's even more obscure than its many rare records or long-departed clubs! The book is a fantastic follow up to the first volume – and like that one, features rare flyers, posters, and ads for some of the underground ... Book
1984, 2020. New Copy
A fantastic book on a unique slice of soundtrack culture – the rise of the sci-fi soundtrack in the 60s and 70s, which also matched a real rise in new musical styles too! The book is filled with color images of vintage records, but is also way more than just an artwork book – as the ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2020. New Copy
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, ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy
Way way way more than just another book of album cover images – and instead, a stunningly huge volume that offers up key images from the disco generation, plus a wealth of knowledge and information too! The book really lives up to the "encyclopedic" promise of its title – as ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2013. New Copy
A massive book of beautiful photographs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s – all done by photographer Ormond Gigli, who worked heavily for Life, Time, and other publications at the time! The book is huge – almost like one of those large Taschen books – and each page presents a stunning ... Book
Kitchen 93, 2012. New Copy
Maybe the most amazing graffiti book you'll ever hope to own – an amazingly heavy, oversized volume that tells the tale of the birth of the format and its global spread – served up in dozens of articles brought together in the space of an imaginary newspaper! The pages are huge, and ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
Lars Of Mars may not have been the biggest space hero of the postwar years – but he steps out here nicely alongside another space age title, and an issue of the horror comic Eerie Adventures! All three publications were put out by magazine giant Ziff Davis, and they've got great art ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
Amazing adventures all the way through – a publication whose covers evoke the glory days of the pulps in the 30s, but whose contents are pure early 50s comics all the way through! The tales are more adventure than anything else – but have a fair bit of horror and sci fi elements in the ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
There's plenty of weird horrors within – ghosts, ghouls, and even a Medusa head – served up here in a nicely gritty style! Weird Horrors was one of those comics that liked to shock with hints at a variety of inside stories on the front cover – a bit like mid 50s Marvel ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
Dark Mysteries promises "eerie adventures" and it definitely lives up to that promise – as the book is filled with very creepy stories from the glory days of postwar horror comics! The publication ran alongside the early days of EC Comics horror, and also features some of that ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
Dark Mysteries promises "eerie adventures" and it definitely lives up to that promise – as the book is filled with very creepy stories from the glory days of postwar horror comics! The publication ran alongside the early days of EC Comics horror, and also features some of that ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
Beware – the contents of this book are as creepy as the cover – seven full issues of this classic horror publication from the early 50s – all presented in living, lurid color! Beware was maybe one of the grittiest of its generation – and got even more so as the issues moved ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
Beware – the contents of this book are as creepy as the cover – seven full issues of this classic horror publication from the early 50s – all presented in living, lurid color! Beware was maybe one of the grittiest of its generation – and got even more so as the issues moved ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
The Unseen has been unseen for decades – a short-lived publication that was part of the big pre-code horror comics boom of the early 50s – but this book brings back vintages issues in all their glory – complete with full color reproductions of all the stories, covers, and vintage ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
Worlds Of Fear was a short-lived publication, but it really featured some top-shelf art – maybe no surprise, given that the book was one of the horror comics entries from Fawcett – best known to the world as the publisher of Captain Marvel! The company always had an approach that was a ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
Great space age adventure from the postwar years – served up here in the guise of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet – a feature that was lavishly done by Dell Publications! The quality here is really a cut above – with beautiful painted covers, and a lack of ads that means that you'll get ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
With a name like Strange Terrors, you know this stuff's going to be creepy – and the rare comics within definitely live up to that promise! The publication is one of the most obscure from the world of postwar horror comics – and features lots of weird and unusual work from those late ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1959. New Copy
A fantastic collection of space age sci-fi and horror comics – served up here with full color reproductions of the contents, the covers, and even the ads! The work is from the 50s powerhouse of Charleston Comics – kind of the low-budget answer to DC, but a company that brought loads of ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of space age sci-fi and horror comics – served up here with full color reproductions of the contents, the covers, and even the ads! The work is from the 50s powerhouse of Charleston Comics – kind of the low-budget answer to DC, but a company that brought loads of ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Late 50s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of space age sci-fi and horror comics – served up here with full color reproductions of the contents, the covers, and even the ads! The work is from the 50s powerhouse of Charleston Comics – kind of the low-budget answer to DC, but a company that brought loads of ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
Pre-code horror from the excellent Standard Publications – one of the smaller companies in the b-grade world of postwar comics – but one who managed to really deliver the goods when it came to creeped-out material like this! Standard always had a great eye for a cover – and would ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1953/1954. New Copy
The title's a great one for this creepy horror comic of the 50s – as the stories have this stark, spooky feel that definitely helps you take a journey into fear! The publication was maybe a bit more low-budget than some of its contemporaries – but that also makes some of these stories ... Book
IDW Publishing, 2017. New Copy
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 ... Book
Da Capo, 2016. New Copy
An insanely detailed book on the role of drugs in American music – written by a guy who's already written a fair bit about drugs and culture! This time around, Martin Torgoff turns his eye towards the postwar years – looking at the interwoven landscapes of jazz, underground culture, ... Book
St Martins, 2016. New Copy
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 ... Book

Steven Blush with Paul Rachman & Tony Mann

Lost Rockers – Broken Dreams & Crashed Careers (hardcover)
Powerhouse Books, 2016. New Copy
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 ... Book

Scot Sothern

Street Walkers
Powerhouse Books, 2016. New Copy
A strange little book that is part prose, part photography – and which recalls the spirit of some of the beat-era writers who would talk about life on the seedier side of the streets – like Hubert Selby or John Rechy! Scot Sothern combines creative activity with his own sexual desire, ... 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
WW Norton, 2013. New Copy
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 ... 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
Doubleday, 2015. New Copy
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 ... Book
Faber & Faber (UK), 2015. New Copy
An incredibly dense book on the psychedelic scene of the 60s – a huge volume that not only looks at an impressive array of music, but also the wider trippy culture, too – but all with a level of text that goes far beyond most of the thinner volumes on the period! Many of the chapter ... Book
Soberscove, 2020. New Copy
One of the most unique books we've ever gotten from John Corbett – an author who's given us some fantastic music writing over the years! This book is completely different – not written, but "salvaged" – as the contents are a lost manuscript from the early 30s – ... Book
Shipwrecked, 2020. New Copy
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 ... 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
Little Brown, 2018. New Copy
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 ... Book
Thomas Dunne, 2018. New Copy
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 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2017. New Copy
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 ... Book
Pantheon Books, 2019. New Copy
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 ... 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

Charles Peterson

Cypher (hardcover)
Powerhouse Books, 2008. New Copy
The cover looks more punk rock than hip hop, but the book's a really fantastic look at the Cypher – a key move in the freestyle dance world of hip hop – taken places here that are way more than early 80s images of b boys in the streets! The photography of Charles Peterson is in black ... Book
University Of Washington, 2011. New Copy
After the big grunge years, we had a habit of never touching any music book with Seattle in the title – but this one's different, and really does an amazing job of getting at the city's lost musical legacy! The book goes back – way way back – and looks at the musical communities ... 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

Alistair Robinson/Lucinda Lambton/Peter Doig

David Harrison (hardcover)
Philip Wilson Publishers (UK), 2009. New Copy
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! ... Book

Jonny Trunk

Wrappers Delight
Fuel (UK), 2020. New Copy
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 ... Book
 
Updated January 23, 2021


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