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


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
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
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
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
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

Annie Cohen Solal/Paul Goldberger/Robert Gottlieb

New York Mid Century – Post War Capitol Of Culture 1945 to 1965 (hardcover)
Thames & Hudson (UK), 2014. New Copy
A stunningly vivid portrait of New York in the postwar years – a time when the city's already-strong hold on American culture was taken to its apex – as the city became home to some of the most important artists, actors, writers, and creative forces of the generation! The book is ... 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
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
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
Flatiron Books, 2017. New Copy
The amazing story of the Wu-Tang's one-copy, million dollar album – a record that may be one of the greatest hoaxes in modern music, or a true marriage of hip hop and the art world! The record is hardly canonical material from the group, but it does represent a fascinating 21st Century ... 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

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
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
Primary Information, 2018. New Copy
One of the coolest discographies you'll ever see in your life – a special book devoted to ultra-rare records created by artists as well as musicians – first published in 1989, and filled with a wealth of obscure records from the 50s through the 80s! Musical styles run from avant jazz ... 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
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
Rittor (Japan), 2017. New Copy
A beautiful book on the decades of recorded output from one of our favorite composers ever – the legendary Michel Legrand – an artist known to most folks for his famous soundtracks of the 60s and 70s – but also a jazz musician, singer, and even a very groovy instrumental arranger! ... Book
Freddy Fresh, 2007. New Copy
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 ... Book

Shepard Fairey (aka Obey)

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
Octopus Books (UK), 2017. New Copy
A day-by-day list of important dates in hip hop – starting in 1973, and running all the way up to the present! Given that Chuck D's the man in charge, the set focuses most strongly on the 80s and early 90s – with very strong chapters on 1984 through 1995 – where date after date ... Book
Hal Leonard, 2011. New Copy
A heavy-duty look at one of our favorite instruments of all time – the mighty Hammond Organ, a keyboard that forever changed the sound of jazz, soul, and even rock and roll on the US scene of the 50s, 60s, and 70s! The book is huge – a fully-illustrated history of the electric organ in ... 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
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
Blurb/Etc, 2018. New Copy
A beautiful little DIY black & white photography book by Ramon Norwood, aka Radius Etc, the multi-talented Chicago abstract hip hop producer, beatmaker and artist! We don't fancy ourselves art critics here at Dusty Groove, but we know Radius's sound, and for us it's pretty nice to see how his ... Book
Reel Art, 2013. New Copy
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 ... Book

Michael Gillette

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
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

William S Burroughs

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
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
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
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
Hat & Beard, 2019. New Copy
A beautiful complement to the groundbreaking Big Ears music festival in Knoxville – an annual event that keeps on pushing the boundaries of listening, with a challenging roster of sonic activity that just keeps on getting better and better over the years! In the introduction, Ben Ratliff ... Book
Du Books (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A very cool book on Brazilian music – one that serves up a well-chosen array of very hip records, all laid out in decade-by-decade chapters – along with color images of the album cover art, label, date, and style information in regular text – and a review of the record in Japanese! ... 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
Equinox (UK), 2017. New Copy
Tubby Hayes was one of the greatest tenor saxophonists in jazz during the 50s and 60s – even though his music only touched our American scene a bit, and mostly had its biggest impact on the London scene that Tubby called home! Yet that doesn't change things a bit – as to our ears, ... Book
P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy
Brazilian music in the 21st Century is alive and well – and the past two decades may well represent the most creative period in that nation's scene since the early 70s! We've stocked plenty of recent Brazilian albums over the years – but this book is maybe the first we've ever seen to ... Book

Hiroshi Uchikado & Akira Mizumoto

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
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
Stuart Russell (UK), 2019. New Copy
A fantastic book on one of the coolest, hippest cats on the Chicago soul scene of the 60s – and an artist who made some totally funky records, but never fully got his due! In some ways, Jerry O might be the king of the funky 45s – as he only ever worked in the 7" single format, ... Book
Equinox (UK), 2008. New Copy
Trumpeter Ian Carr has a legacy that's larger than most – early work in both bop and beat group fields, then a tremendous period of experimentation in the 70s – where his performance and conception helped shape a whole generation of British musicians! Writer Alyn Shipton covers all ... Book
Taschen, 2017. New Copy
The rowdy road antics of the legendary Fab Four – captured here in a wealth of candid shots during their last two years of global touring – and presented here in glorious black and white! Photographer Harry Benson had unfettered access to the group during these years – and the ... Book
Canongate (UK), 2017. New Copy
A mighty tribute to the legendary Jann Wenner – a humble editor by trade, but one who forever shaped the world of rock music and journalism with his magazine Rolling Stone! Wenner came along at just the right time to be able to provide just the right platform for a new sort of writer, and ... 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
Damiani (Italy), 2015. New Copy
A great reworking of the classic street photography mode – served up here in a host of contemporary images by David Lykes Keenan, but with an approach that really links him back to a longer tradition in the genre! Keenan's images here are all black and white – but more than that, they ... 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
Sterling, 2013. New Copy
As the frontman for The Kinks, Ray Davies has always given us a wonderful picture of his native England – so we're already on board with his look at our homeland in this compelling blend of history, essay, and memoir! The book has Davies looking at different strands of America through ... 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
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
 
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