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


Shinko Music (Japan), 2015. New Copy
A great introduction to the world of French pop – especially the grooviest sounds of the 60s and 70s that we love so much! The book is Japanese, and the main text is in that language – but it's also a "disc guide", with listings for 500 records that can be understood by ... Book
Virgin (UK), 2009. New Copy
The complete story of one of the greatest record labels of the UK scene – the Manchester imprint that opened the door for Joy Division and New Order, then went onto explode even more at the end of the 80s with work from Happy Mondays and the new club underground! Yet Factory was always more ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952. New Copy
One of the best-remembered comics from the pre-code generation – a landmark publication that offered up top-notch science fiction and horror – at a level that really rose the bar for the rest of the industry! The stories are all great – creepy, but with a real sense of structure ... Book
Art Of The Simon & Kirby Studio (hardcover)
Abrams Comic Arts, 2014. New Copy
A beautiful tribute to one of the greatest comic book teams of all time – Joe Simon and Jack Kirby – the pair who gave the world Captain America, The Newsboy Legion, Sandman & Sandy, and countless other comics over the years! But although much of that material has been reprinted ... Book
New York Mid Century – Post War Capitol Of Culture 1945 to 1965 (hardcover)
Thames & Hudson (UK), 2014. New Copy
A stunningly vivid portrait of New York in the postwar years – a time when the city's already-strong hold on American culture was taken to its apex – as the city became home to some of the most important artists, actors, writers, and creative forces of the generation! The book is ... Book
Pacific Standard Time – Los Angeles Art 1945 to 1980 (hardcover)
Getty Research Institute, 2011. New Copy
A massive look at the Los Angeles art scene from the late 40s through the 70s – proof that New York wasn't the only art world to explode in the postwar years! The book is super-heavy, and does a great job of covering the decades – with images both of famous works that defined the LA ... 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
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
Penguin Books, 2013. New Copy
The authorial debut of Donald Fagan – already a hell of a storyteller in the songs he's penned on his own, and for Steely Dan – and equally great here on the printed page! In the book, Fagan looks at some of the forces that shaped him in his youth – from figures who include Ennio ... Book
Hal Leonard, 2011. New Copy
The life and music of one of the founding fathers of bossa nova – and one of the most important composers on the global scene in the second half of the 20th Century! The book's penned by Jobim's sister, Helena – who's also a poet and novelist herself – and it features a mix of ... 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
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy
Booze and cartoons – has there ever been a better combination? Certainly not in the years of the cocktail napkin – where each new drink you'd order at a bar would come with a four-fold of visual entertainment – of the sort that Virgil Partch gives us in this excellent collection! ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1940. New Copy
A landmark science fiction publication from the earliest days of comic books – presented here in a heavy, hardbound format! The book is a great way to experience this otherwise-rare comic – and it's done in the heavy style of DC's Archive Editions, or the Marvel Masterworks volumes ... Book
Smart Art, 1997. New Copy
A book that's as vivid as the subject it covers – a volume that not only offers up brilliant images of overlooked works of pop art – but also photos of the creators and the scene, plus production process and gallery installations too! The book is lighter than the usual coffee table-size ... Book
Damiani (Italy), 2013. New Copy
We're not normally the biggest fans of hip hop photo books, but this one really does a great job of breaking the mold – by featuring excellent photographs of live performers and their audiences by David Scheinbaum – and interspersing the images with writings by Michael Eric Dyson, Brian ... 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
Print, 2015. New Copy
Some of the coolest postcards you'll ever hope to buy – all at a mighty nice price, too – given that the book features 75 read-to-mail cards! Each postcard features a reproduction of a cover of the magazine Print – a publication beautiful for its groundbreaking design, layout, ... Book
Marathon Man
Bloomsbury (UK), 1974. New Copy
The original book behind one of the creepiest movies of the 70s – a tale of Nazis hiding out in New York, up to nefarious deeds decades after the war! The book is maybe even more compelling than the movie – as it really presents the story through the eyes of the main character, Tom ... 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 July 22, 2017


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