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


Thames & Hudson, 2012. New Copy
A very cool book that goes deep into the world of some of the greatest cartoonists of the modern age – a lavish, full-color volume that presents unseen art from the private sketchbooks of some of the modern greats – including Joost Swarte, Seth, Gary Panter, Charles Burns, R Crumb, Kim ... Book
Borrowed
Black Cat, 2014. New Copy
Chinese detective fiction, but with a fascinating twist – a series of separate, but related crime stories – all involving a single detective – presented in reverse order from the present to the past! Written that way, the story takes on a completely different perspective than in ... Book
Ticket That Exploded
Grove Press, 1962. New Copy
60s brilliance from William S Burroughs – not only a key book in the development of his cut-up writing technique, but also a hell of a rollicking read from start to finish! As you'd guess from the cut-up, the writing is a bit fragmented – but that also serves to really abstract the sci ... Book
Motherless Brooklyn
Vintage, 1999. New Copy
A mindblowing book from Jonathan Lethem – one that follows from his early work in a sci fi mode, but which has a much stronger realist sensibility overall! The story tells the tale of a Brooklyn mobster, but one cursed with Tourette's Syndrome – a disease that's mostly understood from ... Book
Fortress Of Solitude
Vintage, 2003. New Copy
A fantastic novel from Jonathan Lethem – and a book that's filled with so much that resonates with Dusty Groove – 70s soul, graffiti art, Brooklyn, and even superheroes – all tied together in a narrative that's completely engaging! Lethem does a great job of grabbing the spirit ... Book
Thames & Hudson, 2014. New Copy
A nicely global look at the history of comics over the past 50 years – one that assumes from the start that the graphic medium is a worldwide one, which allows the authors to quickly move past overdone coverage of American giants from the time! The book begins in 1968 – a time when ... Book
Voyeur's Motel
Grove Press, 2016. New Copy
The insane story of a one-man Kinsey Institute – a Colorado motel owner who set up his premises so that he could secretly watch all of his guests – while he studied their sex habits from his hidden perch! The story's true, and was presented to author Gay Talese in stunning detail ... 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
City Of Night
Grove Press, 1963. New Copy
The city of night is deep and dark – portrayed here by writer John Rechy in a style that mixes beat modes with the grittiness of Midnight Cowboy – all in a long-sprawling narrative that moves from El Paso to Times Square, onwards across the country and deep into the south of the postwar ... Book
Negroland – A Memoir
Vintage, 2015. New Copy
A fascinating memoir from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Margo Jefferson – her story of growing up black on the Chicago south side of the 50s and 60s – a world that's far richer and more complicated than most stereotypes of the city usually represent! Jefferson's father was a doctor, ... Book
Damiani (Italy), 2013. New Copy
20 years of shots from the streets of Los Angeles – all done in a way that's a lot different than the usual sort of Hollywood images you might expect! Instead, photographer Gusmano Cesaretti spent his time in the farther reaches and on the streets – working with Chicano gangs, chicas, ... Book
Vocalion (UK), 2018. New Copy
Maybe the best book we've ever seen on the secret world of sound library music – those non-commercial recordings that are made away from the public, then lent out for later use in radio, film, and TV! Over the years, crate-diggers have brought a new sort of appreciation to sound library ... Book
Poeira Zine (Brazil), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic second volume in this series – and every bit as ear-opening as the first! As you'd guess from the title, the book offers up a look at groundbreaking records from Brazil – and starts in the mid 70s, to run through the 80s – a period in Brazilian music that sometimes ... Book
Doubleday, 2011. New Copy
Jonathan Lethem is a writer that we totally love – an author who's given us great novels and short stories over the years – and who, somehow between that ever-growing creative output, manages to write a good deal of essays and other articles too! We're not sure when Lethem ever finds ... Book
Garota FM (Brazil), 2018. New Copy
A very cool idea for a book – a "discobiografia" – a volume that's both a discography of the legendary Brazilian band Os Mutantes, and a biography of the group and all of its members, told through its music! The book's written by Chris Fuscaldo – a Brazilian musician ... Book
Dey St, 2016. New Copy
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' ... 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
Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2018. New Copy
A treasure trove of studio, performance, and more intimate behind the scenes photos of Prince from early in his career! If we're talking popular music figures, there's probably no more worthwhile of a single artist subject for a full on, full color hardcover photography book than Prince, but this ... Book
Almighty & Insane Books, 2018. New Copy
Chicago house music was underground right from the start – mostly hosted in secret urban spaces, long before the nightclubs were willing to take a chance on the revolutionary new music! As such, street-level communication was the way that most folks found out about the DJs and events tied to ... Book
Indiana University Press, 2014. New Copy
There's no jukebox in the book – but instead, the hefty volume is overflowing with portraits of music legends from the past few decades – all shot in glorious black and white by photographer Christopher Felver, who seems to have a strong sense of sympathy for musicians in just about ... 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
Harper (UK), 2014. New Copy
Lou Reed gave us some mighty fascinating music over his many years of recording – and the man himself also led an equally fascinating life – one that's covered here in very great detail, in a hefty biography that begins with Reed's troubled life as a child, to his early years moving ... Book
Faber & Faber (UK), 2015. New Copy
The full story of Sandy Denny – one of the most important female voices to rise from the British scene at the end of the 60s – and a singer who left this planet all too soon! Author Mich Houghton previously gave us a fantastic look at Elektra Records, and this time around his writing ... Book
Aurum (UK), 2013. New Copy
A behind-the-scenes look at The Kinks – a group you'll know for their fantastic music of the 60s and 70s, but who also have a much larger tale behind their songs! The book certainly offers up plenty of history on the group, and strong appreciation of their music – but it also opens up ... Book
Penguin Books, 2015. New Copy
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 ... Book
Atria, 2014. New Copy
George Clinton tells his own story – the stuff of musical legend, from his early years in doo wop, through his mega-funk stardom in the 70s at the helm of the P-Funk universe, to his later years embroiled in legal battles and other issues that kept him away from creativity! Clinton's voice ... Book
WW Norton, 2015. New Copy
A very well-written account of one of the most important musical streets in America – and one that get way past all the tourist hype and trappings of contemporary Beale Street in Memphis today! Instead, the author really goes back – to some of the much earlier years of the city, 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
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
Obey – Earth Crisis
Albin Michel (France), 2016. New Copy
Artist Obey created an amazing installation to draw awareness to climate change – a huge globe suspended in the middle of the Eiffel Tower, emblazoned with images to call attention to the worldwide crisis! This huge book not only replicates the artwork on the globe, but also offers up some ... Book
Dey St, 2015. New Copy
Robert Christgau is one of the coolest music writers of all time – a hugely important force for decades, through his work in the Village Voice – where he helped shape acceptance and understanding of generations of new sounds – and a contributor to other publications and broadcast ... Book
Dynamite, 2016. New Copy
A great celebration of the art of Atari – but not the images from the games on the screen, and instead the wealth of wonderful paintings and illustrations that were created for the boxes and marketing of the videogames back in the day! Given that most Atari games were pretty stark in design, ... Book
Making It
New York Review Of Books, 1967. New Copy
A landmark autobiography from Norman Podhoretz – a key figure in the New York literary scene of the postwar years, which he manages to completely dismantle by the end of this book! Podhoretz grew up poor in Brooklyn, managed to make his way up the ladder through various academic achievements ... Book
New York Review Of Books, 2015. New Copy
Really lovely little cartoons – done during mid 30s Germany by illustrator Erich Ohser, working under a pseudonym because of his disapproval of the Nazi party! Yet during those turbulent years, Ohser somehow manages to find the sweetness in everyday life and the happy accident – ... Book
Party Going
New York Review Of Books, 1939. New Copy
A late 30s London novel about a party that never gets going – or a party-going that never gets to its destination – at least at a spiritual level! The short book details the efforts of a young group of higher-society Londoners, waiting to make it across the Channel for a party – ... Book
God Save Sex Pistols (hardcover)
Rizzoli, 2016. New Copy
A lavish art book on the Sex Pistols – the kind that Johnny Rotten would have gobbed at back in 1976 – but which we're more than happy to have all these many years later! Jon Savage provides a very detailed timeline of the group and their activities throughout the book – ... Book
Rizzoli, 2014. New Copy
A very cool book on the wide range of Hello Kitty collaborations in the world of print and fashion – products and projects that go far beyond the usual Hello Kitty merchandise – and which almost stand as artistic statements on the nature of Japanese marketing and toys! The book only ... 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
Cumbia – Scenes Of A Migrant Latin American Music Genre
Duke University Press, 2013. New Copy
The title's a great way of looking at the music – because although cumbia first started in Colombia, it quickly spread across Latin America and up to the US – where it's been a mighty popular style in recent decades! The book features essays by a number of different authors, each ... Book
Riverhead Books, 2015. New Copy
You know her from Sleater-Kinney, you love her on Portlandia, and you'll soon discover that Carrie Brownstein is a hell of a writer, too – able to tell her tale with all the wit she's brought to recent TV work, but also with the kind of openly powerful words that she first gave us with her ... Book
Back Beat, 2008. New Copy
The heady life and even hipper music of Sly Stone – told here by an author who managed to get Stone's participation on the project! The book focuses most strongly on Sly's rise to fame and key late 60s/early 70s years – a time when his records not only changed the face of soul music, ... Book
Anthology Editions, 2018. New Copy
A fantastic look at the European sound library scene of the 60s and 70s – one that goes way past some of the simpler cover art books that have been around over the years – to offer up details on individual labels, histories of the music, and a great look at key musicians as well! Don't ... Book
Indiana University Press, 2012. New Copy
A mighty deep look at the sound of highlife music in west Africa – one that not only deals with the sounds of the style, but also looks at the larger context of change in Ghana – especially as the nation's cities were on the rise in the postwar years! The book is incredibly well-researc ... Book
Tate (UK), 2013. New Copy
A fantastic look at the artwork and style of glam – the movement that's usually known best through its big musical proponents – who include David Bowie, Roxy Music, and T Rex! Yet glam was way more than just a few fuzzy hit records in the early 70s – as the book traces a legacy ... Book
Prestel, 2013. New Copy
An amazing testament to the continuing genius of Yoko Ono – a beautiful monograph from a career's worth of work – filled with images that will have you thinking of Yoko as way more than just the wife of a famous Beatle! The book goes back to some of Ono's earliest years – with ... Book
Indiana University Press, 2013. New Copy
A great look at the legendary Gennett Records – an important early force in the world of 78rpm recordings – and home to a great number of early jazz recordings too! Gennett was the offshoot of an Indiana piano factory – and like Paramount, a similarly far-flung company initially ... 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
New York Review Of Books, Early 70s. New Copy
A fantastic graphic novel created by Norwegian artist Pushwagner at the end of the 60s – then lost for years, until shortly before this publication! The oversized volume is filled with very large black and white images that follow daily life in Soft City – with clear commentary on the ... Book
Biografiktion
Nobrow (UK), 2013. New Copy
Weirdly wonderful comics from the German zine Biografiktion – a name that sounds exactly what it means – in that these are little fictions, bent around a slight promise of biography! The selections here focus heavily on ABBA and Eddie Murphy – and the artwork has this almost-naive ... Book
Liveright, 2015. New Copy
A hefty book on the great Otis Redding – one of the best soul singers of all time, even though he left this planet all too soon! Redding's career on record was less than a decade long, but marked by a huge amount of work – not just time in the studio, with the legendary Stax Records ... Book
 
Updated December 14, 2018


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