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

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
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
Print, 2015. New Copy
Some of the coolest postcards you'll ever hope to buy – all at a mighty nice price, too – given that the book features 75 read-to-mail cards! Each postcard features a reproduction of a cover of the magazine Print – a publication beautiful for its groundbreaking design, layout, ... Book
Riverhead Books, 2015. New Copy
For many folks, the Great American Songbook ended in the years after WWII – a time when pop songs were on the rise, rock and R&B were getting their start, and even jazz was going in a whole host of new directions! Yet those musical changes weren't the reason for the disappearance of ... Book
Oxford University Press, 2014. New Copy
Director Robert Altman has always had a special place for music in his films – from his strong use of Leonard Cohen in McCabe & Mrs Miller, to the famous song in MASH, to the range of intersecting styles that make Nashville such a great movie! Yet there's also much deeper relationships ... Book
Bis (Netherlands), 2011. New Copy
A book that's maybe not what you'd guess from the title – or maybe only partly from the title – as the whole thing is a love letter to the font style of Cooper Black, used on the front – served up in a fantastic array of images from the late 60s onward! The rounded font has been ... Book
Bloomsbury (UK), 1930. New Copy
Say hello to my little book – the 1930 crime novel that inspired the Al Pacino film of the same name – a book that sets the story in the world of Chicago crime, where a young Tony Guarino rises from poverty to become the king of the mobs! Obviously, the setting's different than the ... Book
Wired Up, 2012. New Copy Book
Loads of great images from the early 70s glory days of bubblegum pop and glam rock – hundreds of pages of amazing album covers and single sleeves – including a fair bit of imports we've never seen before! Because of the poppy nature of the music, this period is sometimes overlooked by ... Book
University Of Chicago, 2016. New Copy
A much-needed book for the open-minded listener – a well-written volume from jazz critic John Corbett – and one that's bound to widen your ears to a whole new realm of listening! The book's pocket-sized – maybe so that you can sneak it into a club when visiting a free jazz ... Book
Penguin Books, 2013. New Copy
A surprisingly great autobiography from Morrissey – written in a very unusual sort of voice, especially when compared to his songs! The book recounts his life in music and beyond – and acts not just as a portrait of the singer, but also of a certain side of London in the 60s, 70s, and ... Book
Skyhorse, 2004/2014. New Copy
A beautiful selection of images from the archives of the Smithsonian Institute – pulled together here by photographic historian Deborah Willis, and presented as a rich tapestry of African-American culture in the 20th century! The wide scope of the title might make you think that the book's ... Book
Pacific Standard Time – Los Angeles Art 1945 to 1980 (hardcover)
Getty Research Institute, 2011. New Copy
A massive look at the Los Angeles art scene from the late 40s through the 70s – proof that New York wasn't the only art world to explode in the postwar years! The book is super-heavy, and does a great job of covering the decades – with images both of famous works that defined the LA ... Book
Smart Art, 1997. New Copy
A book that's as vivid as the subject it covers – a volume that not only offers up brilliant images of overlooked works of pop art – but also photos of the creators and the scene, plus production process and gallery installations too! The book is lighter than the usual coffee table-size ... Book
Submarine Channel (Netherlands), 2008. New Copy
A beautiful book of work by one of the first important animators to emerge on the internet – artist Han Hoogerbrugge, presented here in a transformation of his images to a paper setting – some presented as comics, some as progressive images, and some as stand-alone drawings! The book ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2014. New Copy
A very cool, very vivid look at southern rock – not just the big redneck bands that rose to fame in the 70s, but instead the full range of music that came from Memphis, Macon, Muscle Shoals, and beyond! Scott Bomar's a writer who really knows his stuff when it comes to the south – and ... Book
Octopus Books (UK), 2016. New Copy
A very cool book – one that features lots of other material from famous photo shoots that ended up on punk/new wave album covers – but which didn't make the grade at the time! In other words, the book is filled with photographs that are slightly similar to famous ones – a range ... Book
Louisiana State University, 2013. New Copy
A detailed look at one of the most compelling strands of the legendary field recordings of Alan Lomax – his 1934 foray into the rich musical culture of Southern Louisiana! Although some of the Lomax recordings have been brought out and examined under the spotlight in just about every way ... Book
Thomas Dunne, 2014. New Copy
Bernard Sumner's had a hell of a run in music – a founding member of both Joy Division and New Order, and an important force on the British music scene for decades – all of which makes for quite a story in this personal memoir! Amidst his bandmates, Sumner is sometimes the subtle one ... Book
Gestalten (Germany), 2013. New Copy
A book that's every bit as beautiful as its cover – a lavish look at a range of important contemporary illustrators who've taken the best traditions of the 20th Century into a whole new direction for our generation! The book is heavy, and in full color – and features lots of large ... Book
Taschen, 2015. New Copy
A a well chosen, ingeniously laid out book of 1000 Record Covers – put together by author/photo archivist Michael Ochs – an idea that might seem simple, but it's really a well thought and gorgeously assembled effort! The sections are separated by era, from the 60s, the 70s, and the 80s- ... Book
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