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


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
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
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
Officina Libraria (Italy), 2014. New Copy
A visual love letter to the Memphis music scene – served up in a hefty, oversized book that's overflowing with beautiful photographs, and a bit of commentary from the musicians themselves! The largest part of the book is contemporary portraits of musical greats from the 50s onward – ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reel Art, 2017. New Copy
A stunning selection of rare jazz photographs, most of which have never been seen before – all shot at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals during the 1960s, with a span across the decade that really shows a shift in sound and style! The book has way more than just shots of big name ... Book
HoZac, 2018. New Copy
Chris Bell is one of the great mysterious figures in 70s underground rock – a key part of Big Star during that group's short run, a solo artist who produced some amazing music that was years ahead of its time, and a tragic figure who was taken from our planet all too soon! Like Gram Parsons, ... 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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
Chicago Review Press, 2000/2009. New Copy Book
The story of one of greatest soul singers of all time, and also one who is living a fascinating journey, to say the very least – the great Al Green! The Arkansas born, Memphis soul legend tells his story to music writer Davin Seay, from his years reinventing southern soul music through his ... 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
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
Picador, 2017. New Copy
Barney Hoskyns is normally the writer – but this time around, he acts as editor – to pull together a wealth of writing on the lovely Joni Mitchell – from early press at the start of her career, to reviews of her records from major press outlets of the 70s, to important reflections ... 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
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
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
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
Soul Jazz (UK), 2009. New Copy
An incredible collection of revolutionary jazz album cover art from the 60s & 70s – bold, vivid and unforgettable art for bold, vivid and unforgettable jazz – compiled and edited by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker! It's a snapshot of an era in jazz music when cultural and ... 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
Die Schachtel (Germany), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic book released in conjunction with an Italian exhibition dedicated to Marino Zuccheri – the legendary sound engineer who helped composers like Luigi Nono, John Cage, and Bruno Maderna realize their musical visions in the recording studio! The book is in English throughout, and ... CD

Johan Kugelberg with Jon Savage & Glenn Terry

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
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
Dan Tanswell, 2018. New Copy
A cool little book about the genre of spiritual jazz – that magical music that first sprang forth from the experiments of John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, and others in the 60s – and which has given us decades of powerful, meaningful sounds over the years! The book isn't completely ... 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
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
HarperCollins, 2017. New Copy
A really great look at the complexity of Sarah Vaughn – a volume that balances equally between an understanding of her music and a look at her often-private life – with a fair bit more detail than we've ever seen before! Sarah was neither tragic nor as public as some of her ... 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
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
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
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
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
 
Updated May 22, 2019


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