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

Goldmine, 2016. New Copy
An overstuffed edition of the Goldmine Jazz Price Guide – filled with great information! First off – forget the prices in this one, because we hate price guides, and we don't suggest that they actually have any correspondence to the real world – because people buy records at all ... Book
American Epic – The Companion Book To The PBS Series (hardcover)
Touchstone, 2017. New Copy
The companion book to the PBS series American Epic – presented on paper at a level that's as visually pleasing as the program itself! The book is full of vintage images, record scans, and an amazing array of photos – documenting the rise of American musical legends in the early part of ... 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
Blue Ridge Press, 2014. New Copy
The second entry in Neil Young's surprisingly strong series of memoirs – a volume that looks back at his earliest years in Canada, the role of music in his life and family, and his life-long love of cars! The writing is great – as open and honest as Waging Heavy Peace, and his songs ... 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
Pantheon, 2013. New Copy
One of the most beautiful books we've ever seen from cartoonist Ben Katchor – an artist who's been transforming our view of the city for the past few decades! The territory here is familiar for Ben – shorter strips that look at lost corners of the urban environment, especially ... Book
Strayhorn – An Illustrated Life (hardcover)
Bolden, 2015. New Copy
A beautiful tribute to one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century – Duke Ellington's longtime musical partner, the mighty Billy Strayhorn! The book presents Billy's life and music in a really great format – using songs as sidebars amidst the larger text – which is then ... Book
Essential Robert Indiana (hardcover)
Delmonico, 2013. New Copy
A beautiful document of the genius of Robert Indiana – an artist that most folks know for creating the LOVE logo in the 60s – but one whose career has so much more to offer! Indiana was a contemporary of Andy Warhol – and like Warhol, could effortlessly skirt the worlds of art ... Book
Quantuck, 2001. New Copy
Most folks know Ricky Jay as a performing magician – but during the course of his career, he also published a short-lived journal that looked at the history of spectacle in all of its forms – not just magic, but also stage tricks, cults, crazes, cheats, hustlers, sideshows, and other ... Book
Thomas Dunne, 2014. New Copy
A surprisingly wide-ranging look at the world of recorded music – one that traces the record business from its earliest days, through its rise in the 20th Century, to its shifts and transformations at the start of the digital generation! Gareth Murphy takes on a whole lot of territory here ... Book
Hal Leonard, 2014. New Copy
Maybe the first book we've ever seen to really get at the great visual quality of sheet music in the 20th Century – a huge color volume that's filled with as many images as you'd find in similar books that deal with record album art! This time around, though, it's not the vinyl that's ... Book
Texas Tech University Press, 2012. New Copy
A massive look at the world of western swing in the 30s and 40s – a huge book that really gets past the big names, as you might guess from the "other" in the title! The first big part of the volume looks at southwestern swing bands up to the end of WWII – with individual ... Book
Bloomsbury, 2015. New Copy
For most of the early years of cinema, soundtracks were dominated by orchestrations that were composed for the movies – or by publisher catalog tunes that were packaged for the films. But as the rock years approached, film scoring took on a whole different aspect – as performers were ... Book
Dust & Grooves/Ten Speed Press, 2014. New Copy
A beautiful photography expedition into some the world's foremost vinyl collections, and interviews with the collectors! Dust & Grooves is an amazing tome for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it's filled with mouth watering, large scale, full color photos of some the most incredible ... Book
Country Music Reader
Oxford, 2014. New Copy
A great survey of important writings on country music from the earliest years to the present – one that doesn't just focus on the work of historians and music journalists, but also includes material from popular magazines, fan newsletters, trade publications, and even the artists themselves! ... Book
MTV, 2008. New Copy
The history of American hardcore – served up in a huge batch of black and white photos, record covers, flyers, and more – spun out in a really beautiful book! The images are all nice and stark – concert shots, band performances, and more – all photos that really get at the ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2011. New Copy
Pat Martino tells his story – a wonderfully long run of jazz experience that starts in the heady days of the 60s soul jazz scene, moves into key psychedelic modes, suffers a bit of tragedy in later years, then springs wonderfully back more recently! Pat's got help from a co-writer on the ... Book
It Books, 2012. New Copy
Louvin Brother Charlie tells the tale of his famous duo with brother Ira – a match that was almost a Cain and Abel of country music – given that Charlie and Ira Louvin sometimes sat at opposite moral poles on the spectrum! The story's as tragic as any of the best early songs by the ... 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
Updated March 23, 2018

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