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


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
Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill, 2013. New Copy
A surprisingly insightful Richard Pryor biography from interesting pair of biographers – brothrers David and Joe Henry! David Henry is a screenwriter, his brother Joe Henry is from the music world – known for his own artful singer-songwriter work, and especially his production work, ... Book
Oxford University Press, 2014. New Copy
A detailed look at the "dozens" that long-running African American tradition of trading insults and witticisms – a mode that's influenced music from the blues years onward, with an especially important contribution to the development of hip hop in the contemporary scene! We feared ... Book
Taschen, New Copy Book
The world of vice never looked so beautiful before – spun out over hundreds of pages filled with vintage images from advertisements for cigarettes and booze! The book is as lovely inside as it is on the cover – filled with a huge array of well-chosen images, all in color throughout ... Book
Princeton Architectural Press, 2014. New Copy
A beautiful look at a legendary Times Square watering hole – the Terminal Bar, located right next to a strip show at the corner of 41st Street and 8th Avenue – home to a countless stream of colorful characters, and also photographer Sheldon Nadelman! From his spot behind the bar, ... Book
Laurence King (UK), 2000. New Copy
A lovely tribute to the days when air travel was a glamorous activity – not the sweat-soaked, sardine can experience of the 21st Century – but instead a relaxing respite in the clouds, where your every need was taken care of, in a setting that was as stylishly designed as the costumes ... Book
Taschen, 2016. New Copy Book
Way more than just a book – a massive document of the American jazz scene, circa 1960 – presented in an unbelievably beautiful package! The edition brings together photos from legendary jazz imagist William Claxton (known best for his Pacific Jazz album cover shots), mixed with ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
The continuing genius of Planet Comics – one of the first-ever comics devoted entirely to science fiction stories – still going strong here in the early 50s! Unlike some of its contemporaries during the stretch, Planet never got too creepy or too exploitative – but did use the ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1954/1955. New Copy
Maybe just standard space opera comic from the front – but inside, the pages leap with action and wonderful artwork – thanks to the talents of a young Wally Wood, who works here in his pre-EC Comics years alongside other greats who include Joe Orlando, Bill Molno, Myron Fass, and Harry ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1948/1949. 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 late 40s material from Planet Comics – from a time ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952/1953. New Copy
The continuing genius of Planet Comics – one of the first-ever comics devoted entirely to science fiction stories – still going strong here in the early 50s! Unlike some of its contemporaries during the stretch, Planet never got too creepy or too exploitative – but did use the ... Book
Aurum (UK), 2014. New Copy
A really cool look at albums that never happened – planned projects that were almost produced, but which fell apart at some point in the creative process – leading to a surprisingly large legacy of lost albums by some of rock music's biggest stars! Sure, everyone knows a few of these ... Book
Who – 50 Years – The Official History (hardcover)
Harper Design, 2015. New Copy
Way more than just another book about The Who – as this lavish, oversized volume is filled with beautiful vintage images – and is done in collaboration with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend! The pair have provided lots of unusual photos and rare images – which make the whole book ... Book
Temple, 2006. New Copy
A very detailed look at Arsenio Rodriguez – the Cuban legend who was a key part of the development of Latin music in both Havana and New York! The volume is quite well-researched, and looks at Arsenio with a lot more information than we've ever seen – in chapters that almost feel like ... Book
Flatiron Books, 2016. New Copy
A pretty great look at the birth of rock and roll – one that starts way earlier than most other histories, and then gets into a year-by-year format of chapters during the crucial moments! Ed Ward's not above leaning on the bigger names, but also does a good job of pulling out smaller strands ... Book
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
Hal Leonard, 2013. New Copy Book & DVD
A beautiful book on one of our favorite instruments ever – the irreplaceable Fender Rhodes keyboard – source of some of the most sublime sounds ever! The book's a counterpart to the wonderful documentary of the same name – and features a bonus blu-ray DVD of the film – plus ... Book
20 Iconic Film Posters By Saul Bass
Laurence King (UK), 2016. New Copy
Fantastic film posters from the legendary Saul Bass – a book that features each image on oversized pages – each of which is heavy cardboard, so that the whole thing's like a special folio of 20 different posters! You might know the image on the cover – Bass' famous poster for 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
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
 
Updated April 21, 2018


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