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


Dig (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A very cool book on psychedelic music – part of this Japanese-only "disc guide" series – with listings of records, and individual chapters on certain styles! The main text of the book is in Japanese, but the structure, images, and listings of records are appealing to anyone ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2010. New Copy
A wonderful guide to Brazilian music – one that offers up individual listings for 500 different albums – along with color images of their covers, label, release date, and artist/title information in English characters – plus a review of each record in Japanese! Even if you can't ... 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
Dig (Japan), 2015. New Copy
A Japanese language book on modern jazz, but one with lots to enjoy if you're an English reader too – as there's listings of records, lots of photos, and a unique structure that provides a guide into the music! True, the core articles are all in Japanese text – but the book offers up ... Book
Seibundoushinkousha (Japan), 2016. New Copy
A beautiful tribute to the vintage boombox and cassette culture – a lavish Japanese book that's filled with loads of full color images, plus additional articles and text in Japanese! The book is mostly visual – some pages don't have any words at all – and in addition to great ... Book
Du Books (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A very cool book on Brazilian music – one that serves up a well-chosen array of very hip records, all laid out in decade-by-decade chapters – along with color images of the album cover art, label, date, and style information in regular text – and a review of the record in Japanese! ... Book
Du Books (Japan), 2014. New Copy
Here's a book that will really open up some new record-digging territory – as it serves up hundreds of releases from the European scene of the past decade or two – material that mostly comes from the Eastern European underground, despite the "central" in the title – and ... Book
Blue Note Disc Guide
Dig (Japan), 2016. New Copy
A very cool book on the legendary Blue Note record label – home to some of the greatest jazz of the 20th Century, and still going strong well into the new millennium! The book is a bit like some of the Japanese discographies on the label – in that it offers up listings of different ... Book
There's That Beat/Premium (UK), 2016. New Copy
An incredible book on the sound of soul in Philadelphia – one that's every bit as visually vivid as the music itself – with page after page of full color label scans, vintage photos, and other rare images! The book was put together by the team who gave us the great Northern Soul ... Book
Chartwell Books (UK), 2008/2016. New Copy
A lavish book on the music and life of Prince – presented here in a big new volume that's been updated in the time since his untimely early passing! The book is huge – more of a coffee table volume in size, but still filled with very dense writing as well – in chapters that ... Book
Simon & Schuster, 2015. New Copy
Not just a book on Motown – despite the image of The Supremes on the cover – but a story of Detroit itself – told as a series of intersecting paths that include the famous soul music label, as well as all the manufacturers, cultures, communities, and political forces that were ... Book
Jazz For Dancers
Hanmoto (Japan), 2008. New Copy
Don't think "jazz for dancers", and instead think "funky jazz" – because that's what this sweet little book is all about – upbeat jazz tracks from the bop years onwards – served up in styles that run the gamut from soul jazz to electric funk, fusion, bossa, ... 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
Indiana University Press, 2011. New Copy
A beautiful portrait of one of the most important jazz clubs on the west coast scene of the 70s – the legendary Keystone Korner, a name you might recognize from the dozens of great albums that were recorded at the venue! The book has a very cool approach – in that it lets the many ... 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
Soviets (hardcover)
Fuel Design (UK), 2014. New Copy
Amazing images from the darkest years of the Soviet Union – a series of political cartoons by Danzig Baldaev, complete with full text translations and explanations of all the tricky issues within – plus some additional photographs by Sergei Vasiliev, showing some of the under-exposed ... Book
Voyageur, 2015. New Copy
Gimme indie rock? We'll give you plenty – a huge book that recommends 500 essential albums from the American underground over a 15 year stretch – from a point when the punk years were firmly established in this nation, to a point when local scenes all over the country had exploded in a ... Book
Oxford, 2013. New Copy
A rich look at the role of music in defining counterculture in the 20th century – a book that starts out with jazz, moves through rock, and covers a fair bit of other styles in between – all with a relatively complex style that's as philosophical as it is informative! The author ... Book
Brainquake
Hard Case Crime (UK), New Copy
You gotta love a book that begins with a baby shooting its father from its stroller – then takes off into a roller coaster of crime from that very first shot! Yet we'd expect no less from the great Sam Fuller – the director who gave us films like Shock Corridor and Pickup On South ... Book
True Hip Hop (hardcover)
Mark Batty, 2010. New Copy Book
Great photographs from Mike Schreiber – a New York-based artist who worked heavily for The Source and Vibe back in the day – and managed to capture a whole heck of a lot of great shots in the process! Schreiber includes some nicely personal memories along with the photos – some ... Book
 
Updated February 19, 2017


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