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


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
Carlton (UK), 2015. New Copy
A weird little book from Rian Hughes – an author/designer who's given us some great books on vintage art and advertising – a legacy that he partly channels into this unique volume! It's a bit hard to describe the book in words – but it definitely contains lots of the ideas ... Book
Damiani (Italy), 2015. New Copy
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 ... Book
David C Driskell Center, 2012. New Copy
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 ... Book
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2015. New Copy
Author Luc Sante takes us way beyond the Champs Elysses and Eiffel Tower – to show a side of Paris that much deeper and darker than you might expect! Sante's own work often deals with the seamier sides of society – and here, he puts that talent to great use in illustrating a Paris now ... 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
Changing Chicago – A Portrait In Postcards & Photos (hardcover)
Chicago's Books, 2017. New Copy
A great document of the ever-evolving city of Chicago – one that focuses on key areas and landmarks – initially presented in vintage postcards, often with a few examples of each – then shown in more contemporary photographs too! The book is similar to other projects from the ... Book
Temple, 2011. New Copy
A hefty book that's partly a tribute to a famous music venue in Philadelphia – but one that's also overflowing with obscure photographs of famous performers – and a huge selection of vintage rock posters too! The Electric Factory was a bit like the Fillmore – in that although the ... Book
Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill, 2013. New Copy
A long-overdue follow-up to Yoko Ono's famous book Grapefruit – and like that one, a book that's full of artistic concepts and ideas that link back to her important early role in the Fluxus movement! This book has more images than Grapefruit – and is partly a showcase for black and ... Book
David C Driskell Center, 2018. New Copy
A collection of self-portraits by African-American artists of the 20th century – but one that goes way beyond the standard modes of the form – laid out here in full page illustrations from an exhibition at the Driskell center in Maryland! The book includes paintings, sculpture, ... Book
University Of Chicago, 2019. New Copy
Writer John Corbett has given us words on a huge variety of musical styles over the years – a fair bit of them left field and avant – but this time around, he's tackling the full range of 70s rock, pop, and soul music – in a huge book that's unlike anything he's ever written ... Book
University Of Chicago, 2017. New Copy
Way more than just another book of album cover art – as this impressive volume presents countless images from the evolution of blues music in the 20th Century, alongside detailed writings that also try to explore visual trends, tropes of representation, and the larger role of the music in an ... Book
Reel Art, 2013. New Copy
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Michael Caine in the 60s – probably his greatest decade on film (although to us, they're all pretty great) – a period that gave us classic Caine moments in movies that include Alfie, Ipcress File, The Italian Job, and Billion Dollar Brain! Those films, and others, are each laid out ... CD
Drawn In Stereo (hardcover)
AMMO, 2015. New Copy
Rock and roll artwork from Michael Gillette – an artist you might know from album covers or other work for groups and singers over the past 20 years – and one who's also really kept up the theme in the rest of his creations too! Gilette kind of reworks an older aesthetic with all sorts ... Book
Fonthill Media (UK), 2012. New Copy
One of the strangest art forms we've ever come across – British Christmas cards that feature a protest message or a statement of social consciousness – collected by the authors over the span of 40 years! The topics here are very wide-ranging, and represent a shifting leftist politics ... Book
Hatje Cantz (Germany), 2015. New Copy
A beautiful look at a near-lost legacy from the Cold War years – the cultural embassy named Amerika Haus – first built in Berlin during the immediate post-war years, then an even more important outpost once the wall went up! The space itself was a work of art – strongly in the ... Book
LA Noir – The City As A Character
Santa Monica Press, 2005. New Copy
A vivid look at the role of Los Angeles on film – one that starts in the film noir generation, when the city was often a supporting character in key movies – then moves on to later generations, particularly films that follow the older use of the city space in their format! The book is ... Book
Pocket Books, 1997. New Copy
A well-done look at the challenges that face the residents of Chicago's south side on a daily basis – initially done as a documentary series for National Public Radio, now expanded here in book format – along with photographs by David Isay, a young photographer from the city's housing ... 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
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
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
P & C Secret History Books, 2018. New Copy
A very cool idea for a musical book – one that brings together a wide range of different styles from different decades – all to offer up an unusual take on both the alphabet book, and traditional record discographies! The book is super-handsome – hardback, in full color, and with ... 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
Verso, 2013. New Copy
An incredibly deep book on the life and music of Derek Bailey – the British guitarist who really helped push the sound of free improvisation forward in the 60s and 70s, then continued with a legacy of creative music for decades more! Ben Watson knocks it out of the park with this one – ... 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
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
Lyons, 2014. New Copy
The saucy story of one of the wildest figures in the music industry during the 70s – the legendary Neil Bogart and his Casablanca Records – home to both Kiss and Donna Summer, and a whole host of questionable practices as well! Bogart passed away just about the time that disco faded ... Book
Santa Monica Press, 2016. New Copy
Drummer Stan Levey shone most brightly during his west coast work of the 50s – where he was a key figure in both large and small group jazz performances – but he also had a much longer history, which included plenty of time away from the limelight – a rich story that's captured in ... Book
Ed Emberley (hardcover)
AMMO, 2014. New Copy
Todd Oldham takes a deep look at the colorful talents of the great Ed Emberley – a 60s/70s illustrator whose work deserves just as much attention as the illustrations of Charley Harper that have gained so much interest in recent years! Emberley has a style that's different than Harper, but ... 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
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
Old House (UK), 1967/2013. New Copy
Take a trip back to 1967 – the glory days of the London fashion scene, when Carnaby Street styles were all the rage, and the city was having a huge impact on the world of style! A big part of London's impact was its selection of small shops and exclusive boutiques – and this book, ... 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
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
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
Chicago Review Press, 2012. New Copy
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 – ... 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
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
Lawrence Hill Books, 2010. New Copy
A Chicago legend finally gets his due – the legendary Herb Kent, who was known as the "Cool Gent" on radio – and also ended up working on TV, and also playing a big part in the city's steppers scene in the 90s! Herb was a real trailblazer – part of a Chicago generation ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
Princeton University, 2014. New Copy
American cities were going through tremendous changes in the 60s and 70s – changes that not only had an impact on local citizens, businesses, and municipal forces – but also on the art community as well! This book showcases a tremendous response to urban upheaval by artists in New York ... Book
Record Buyers Diary (paperback)
Rittor (Japan), 2006. New Copy
It's no secret to crate diggers that Japanese record buyers really take their job seriously – and now here's a book to finally prove it! Record Buyer's Diary was put together by two Japanese record buyers as they travel the globe in search of the music they love – and it features ... 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
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
University Of Chicago, 2017. New Copy
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 ... Book
 
Updated February 23, 2019


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