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


Reaktion (UK), 2013. New Copy
That's Brazilian jive, instead of Brazilian music – as the author here shows just how much the larger Brazilian culture helps shape the sound of it's songs – a wonderful interplay between urban and rural, modern and ancient, popular and intellectual – forces that have come ... 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
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952/1953. New Copy Book
One of the amazing horror comics published by Harvey Comics in the pre-code years of the early 50s – and a publication that was noted for its wealth of creepy stories and equally chilling images! Harvey may have been the home to Casper the ghost, but on the horror tip they were something ... Book
Duke University Press, 2017. New Copy
An incredible look at the format of vinyl – put together by a guy who's got one of the hippest record collections we've ever seen! John Corbett's been writing about music, art, and other formats for decades – but his real labor of love is vinyl records – a format he continued to ... 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
Peter Owens (UK), 2015. New Copy
A really cool look at a label that was maybe one of the hippest things the Beatles ever did – the short-lived Zapple imprint – which was part of their main Apple label, but dedicated to more experimental work from a variety of musicians and writers! The imprint is perhaps best ... Book
Marion Boyars Publishers (UK), 2002. New Copy
A history of popular Brazilian music from Claus Schriener – a nice and very far reaching reference as well as a more personal view of the diverse, amazing wealth of great music to come from the country over many years! Schriener blends portraits of Brazil's most iconic musical figures as ... 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
PS Artbooks (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy
The full run of Captain Flash – a very late, lesser-known Golden Age hero – but one who comes across surprisingly well in these four vintage issues! By the time of the mid 50s publication, comic standards had risen strongly in general – so that both scripting and art were often ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1945/1946. New Copy
A fantastic volume of work from one of the first science fiction comics ever – a publication that picked up right where the sci-fi pulps left off – although with artwork that was a lot more stunning! This volume presents great mid-40s material from Planet Comics – from a time ... Book
Oxford University Press, 2013. New Copy
The legendary Harry Nilsson was way more than just a singer/songwriter – and his life was way too short – but during that time, he gave us a tremendous body of work – some of the most compelling, most creative songs of his generation – beautifully presented on his own ... Book
Aurum (UK), 2014. New Copy
A deep look at the relationship between The Who and the sixties scene in the UK – a milieu that certainly shaped and birthed the group, before they rose to new heights by the end of the decade and became a force completely unto themselves! The tale of the band's early days looks at their ... Book
Houghton Mifflin, 2016. New Copy
We're ultra-proud to be Chicagoans – and one of the many things that makes is proud is The Chicago Defender – our city's famous African-American newspaper, easily one of the best and most important in a long legacy of progressive 20th Century publications! This very hefty book tells ... 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
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
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy
A book that's way more compelling than you'd guess from the title and the cover – especially if you love the lower-reaches of pop culture from the 70s! The book features an essay by the author, but is primarily a random combination of images from a huge host of lesser-known material from the ... 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
Omnibus (UK), 2009. New Copy
A detailed look at one of the coolest, hippest, most unique groups to come out of the first wave of Brit punk in the late 70s – a quartet who worked in sonic corridors few other artists could touch, and who've gone onto change and expand their sound in more recent decades too! Paul Lester's ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1953/1954. 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
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy Book
Dig creepy comics? This book is full of them – a wealth of wonderful issues of the legendary Forbidden Worlds series from the 50s – a groundbreaking publication that set a whole new standard for horror and sci fi stories at the time – and a great companion to the legendary ... Book
 
Updated August 17, 2017


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