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


Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy
Booze and cartoons – has there ever been a better combination? Certainly not in the years of the cocktail napkin – where each new drink you'd order at a bar would come with a four-fold of visual entertainment – of the sort that Virgil Partch gives us in this excellent collection! ... Book
Virgin (UK), 2009. New Copy
The complete story of one of the greatest record labels of the UK scene – the Manchester imprint that opened the door for Joy Division and New Order, then went onto explode even more at the end of the 80s with work from Happy Mondays and the new club underground! Yet Factory was always more ... Book
Orion Books (UK), Early 60s/1971. New Copy
A treasure trove of greatness from one of the coolest writers on the planet – the legendary Charles Willeford, an author whose 50s and 60s pulp prose never got the attention it deserved, until his final rise to fame during the 80s, very late in his career! This book goes back and unearths ... Book
Naked Lunch
Harper Perennial (UK), 1959. New Copy
The book that forever put William S Burroughs in the literary map – a mad mix of pulp prose, science fiction, and modernist writing technique – and still maybe one of the greatest books that the man ever gave us! The story is as fast-moving as it is modern – kind of an Alphaville ... 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
Norton/Kicks, 2014. New Copy
The incredible rise and too-fast fall of the late Bobby Fuller – the southwest rocker who gave the world the classic "I Fought The Law", then died as a beaten, broken man in a car fire in 1966! The book tells the full story of Bobby's life and music from the perspective of his ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2015. New Copy
A great introduction to the world of French pop – especially the grooviest sounds of the 60s and 70s that we love so much! The book is Japanese, and the main text is in that language – but it's also a "disc guide", with listings for 500 records that can be understood by ... Book
Dig (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A really great book on Chicago soul – one that's mostly in Japanese, but which also features lots of listings that can be enjoyed by English readers too! The book offers up a vivid take on the world of Chicago soul – with lots of listings for individual records, in the manner of other ... Book
Art Of The Simon & Kirby Studio (hardcover)
Abrams Comic Arts, 2014. New Copy
A beautiful tribute to one of the greatest comic book teams of all time – Joe Simon and Jack Kirby – the pair who gave the world Captain America, The Newsboy Legion, Sandman & Sandy, and countless other comics over the years! But although much of that material has been reprinted ... Book
Little Brown, 2015. New Copy
The story of one of the all-time greats – told by one of the all-time greats – the full tale of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, told by southern music giant Peter Guaralnick! Long before he rose to fame as the man who discovered Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips was already humming strong ... Book
Fantagraphics, Early 40s. New Copy
Some of the most impressive comics to ever come out of WWII – not the kind of Nazi-busting action that was handled by the superheroes in the early 40s, nor some of the pinup or joke-heavy material that came from artists back at home – and instead the surprisingly gripping work of Bill ... Book
Duke University Press, 2016. New Copy
A great collection of work from one of the hippest music writers of our generation – a book that stretches back to include early Village Voice material from Greg Tate, plus a wealth of other articles too! Tate's way more than just a music or cultural critic – as he always looks for the ... 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
University Of Minnesota Press, 2006. New Copy
A very deep look at the rise of easy listening in the postwar years – the transformation of instrumental styles to a particular kind of mood music that had a huge rise in sales during the 50s and 60s! Author Tim Anderson looks at a wide number of factors here – including workings of ... Book
Sanctuary (UK), 1998. New Copy Book
One of the few English language looks we've ever seen at the music of Serge Gainsbourg – a well-penned biography that covers all of his classic years in a fair bit of detail! Author Alan Clayson does a good job of paying as much attention to the music as he does to Serge's celebrity – ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2015. New Copy
Finally! The world of easy listening gets its own sort of special disc guides – similar to the kinds of books we've seen for jazz, soul, psych, and other styles over the years! This one focuses on the warmest, mellowest sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s – with listings of 500 different ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1953. New Copy Book
Some of the coolest horror comics of the 50s – the legendary Black Cat Mystery from Harvey Publications! Harvey was maybe only second to EC in terms of gore and gritty story content – and these issues are awash in great work from the pre-code years of horror comics – the kind of ... Book
Wax Facts Press, 2014. New Copy
Golden age of hip hop historian Brian Coleman's second Check The Technique tome – the in-depth stories behind some of the greatest records of the 80s and early 90s – an even greater collection than the first volume! Coleman's approach is straight-forward and direct – chronicling ... Book
VU – The Story Of A Magazine (hardcover)
Thames & Hudson, 2009. New Copy
That VU isn't the Velvet Underground – but instead the title of an amazing French magazine from the prewar years – still a landmark in graphic design, and presented here in a very large, very vivid book that offers up pages and pages from the original publication! The book begins with ... 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
 
Updated June 23, 2017


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