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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, 2018. New Copy
Very vivid jazz comics from French cartoonist Blutch – all of which originally appeared in the overseas Jazzman magazine – and work really well here together! Blutch's work is different than most jazz cartoons you'll ever see – as he really puts things out there – either ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2005. New Copy
An excellent dig through the world of rare samba records from Brazil – a Japanese book that's put together in the same style as some of the boss and jazz discographies from that scene! The mission here is simple and clear – a way of presenting key samba records and rare gems – ... Book
Ele-King (Japan), 2015. New Copy Book
A comprehensive guide to the club jazz sound of the past 25 years or so – that sweet blend of jazzy roots and contemporary rhythms that first sprung to life in London at the end of the 80s – then grew through dancefloors on the German, Italian, and Japanese scenes of the next decade ... Book
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A very cool book – and way different than you might expect from the title – as the discography doesn't only focus on contemporary ambient albums, but instead traces a history of moody sounds from the late 50s onwards! The publication is one of the most interesting Japanese ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy
One of the coolest comix you'll ever hope to buy – a stunning history of the early days of hip hop – told in comic book form, in a way that makes each key individual as important as a super hero! The first half of the book looks at 1983 – an important hip hop year in all its ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with ... Book
ECM – A Cultural Archaeology (hardcover)
Prestel (Germany), 2012. New Copy
Maybe the most beautiful tribute we've ever seen to the legendary ECM jazz label – a huge book that showcases the artwork and images of the label's many years of music – and also offers up a number of critical essays too! The format is that of a heavy art book – as the volume was ... Book
House Definitive 1974 to 2014
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy
The roots of house music and beyond – a mighty cool discography that does a special job of locating the music many years before it first exploded in Chicago and Detroit, then following it for many years after that, through a host of global scenes and styles! The publication is a discography, ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2017. New Copy
A beautiful book on the decades of recorded output from one of our favorite composers ever – the legendary Michel Legrand – an artist known to most folks for his famous soundtracks of the 60s and 70s – but also a jazz musician, singer, and even a very groovy instrumental arranger! ... Book
My Life With Earth Wind & Fire (hardcover)
HarperCollins, 2016. New Copy
A surprisingly personal memoir from Maurice White – the mighty force behind Earth Wind & Fire, who may well be one of our favorite soul groups of all time! White came up the hard way, and really found release in music – first on the Chicago scene with Ramsey Lewis at Chess Records, ... Book
Soft Skull, 2014. New Copy
Robert Wyatt isn't just different every time – he's different right from the start – as you'll read in this book on his amazing life in music – from his early years in Soft Machine, to his reinvented solo self of the 70s, to his phenomenal later career, when he's just kept ... 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
St Martins, 2016. New Copy
That's quite a cover photo on the book – and the interweaving of key talents in the image really gets at the style of the narrative within! Author Steven Blush delivers a decidedly one-sided document of the New York scene from the late 60s onward – a picture of countless creative ... 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
Faber & Faber (UK), 2015. New Copy
An incredibly dense book on the psychedelic scene of the 60s – a huge volume that not only looks at an impressive array of music, but also the wider trippy culture, too – but all with a level of text that goes far beyond most of the thinner volumes on the period! Many of the chapter ... 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
Soul Jazz (UK), 2009. New Copy
An incredible collection of revolutionary jazz album cover art from the 60s & 70s – bold, vivid and unforgettable art for bold, vivid and unforgettable jazz – compiled and edited by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker! It's a snapshot of an era in jazz music when cultural and ... Book
 
Updated February 24, 2018


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