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Books — Recently Added

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


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
HoZac, 2018. New Copy
Chris Bell is one of the great mysterious figures in 70s underground rock – a key part of Big Star during that group's short run, a solo artist who produced some amazing music that was years ahead of its time, and a tragic figure who was taken from our planet all too soon! Like Gram Parsons, ... Book

A Alyce Claerbaut/David Schlesinger

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
Yale University Press, 2016. New Copy
Ralph J Gleason might just be one of the coolest cats to ever write about music – a key part of the San Francisco scene during the postwar years – where his talents helped illuminate both the worlds of art and music during the beat generation – then really helped shine a spotlight ... Book
Faber & Faber (UK), 2015. New Copy
The full story of Sandy Denny – one of the most important female voices to rise from the British scene at the end of the 60s – and a singer who left this planet all too soon! Author Mich Houghton previously gave us a fantastic look at Elektra Records, and this time around his writing ... Book
Riverhead Books, 2015. New Copy
You know her from Sleater-Kinney, you love her on Portlandia, and you'll soon discover that Carrie Brownstein is a hell of a writer, too – able to tell her tale with all the wit she's brought to recent TV work, but also with the kind of openly powerful words that she first gave us with her ... Book
Duke, 2013. New Copy
The future of jazz is now, even if it's in the past – as the editors here bring together a selection of essays that document the forward-thinking movements in jazz from the mid 60s onwards – some of which are only getting full appreciation all these many years later! There's a nice ... 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
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy
An amazing collection of 40s and 50s jazz drawings by Gene Deitch – the complete anthology of his work for legendary jazz magazine Record Changer! Gene was an amazing artist and cartoonist, whose work helped solidify the legacies of some of the most famous cartoon characters in the American ... Book
Chicago Review Press, 2000/2009. New Copy Book
The story of one of greatest soul singers of all time, and also one who is living a fascinating journey, to say the very least – the great Al Green! The Arkansas born, Memphis soul legend tells his story to music writer Davin Seay, from his years reinventing southern soul music through his ... Book
Reel Art, 2017. New Copy
A stunning selection of rare jazz photographs, most of which have never been seen before – all shot at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals during the 1960s, with a span across the decade that really shows a shift in sound and style! The book has way more than just shots of big name ... Book
Equinox (UK), 2018. New Copy
The story of Mark Murphy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time – written by Peter Jones, also a jazz singer himself! Jones is London-based, and as such, does a really great job of capturing the ongoing enthusiasm and excitement about Murphy's career that was always a big part ... Book

Shepard Fairey (aka Obey)

Obey – Earth Crisis
Albin Michel (France), 2016. New Copy
Artist Obey created an amazing installation to draw awareness to climate change – a huge globe suspended in the middle of the Eiffel Tower, emblazoned with images to call attention to the worldwide crisis! This huge book not only replicates the artwork on the globe, but also offers up some ... Book
Die Schachtel (Germany), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic book released in conjunction with an Italian exhibition dedicated to Marino Zuccheri – the legendary sound engineer who helped composers like Luigi Nono, John Cage, and Bruno Maderna realize their musical visions in the recording studio! The book is in English throughout, and ... CD
Almighty & Insane Books, 2018. New Copy
Chicago house music was underground right from the start – mostly hosted in secret urban spaces, long before the nightclubs were willing to take a chance on the revolutionary new music! As such, street-level communication was the way that most folks found out about the DJs and events tied to ... 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
Prestel (Germany), 2015. New Copy
A treasure trove of beautiful objects designed at mid-century – all creations of designer Peter Muller Munk – German by birth, and part of the wave of creative talent to come to America during wartime – which meant that we got to reap all the benefits of Peter's genius! Famous ... Book
Temple, 2011. New Copy
A hefty book that's partly a tribute to a famous music venue in Philadelphia – but one that's also overflowing with obscure photographs of famous performers – and a huge selection of vintage rock posters too! The Electric Factory was a bit like the Fillmore – in that although the ... Book
Reel Art, 2013. New Copy
Michael Caine in the 60s – probably his greatest decade on film (although to us, they're all pretty great) – a period that gave us classic Caine moments in movies that include Alfie, Ipcress File, The Italian Job, and Billion Dollar Brain! Those films, and others, are each laid out ... Book

Michael Gillette

Drawn In Stereo (hardcover)
AMMO, 2015. New Copy
Rock and roll artwork from Michael Gillette – an artist you might know from album covers or other work for groups and singers over the past 20 years – and one who's also really kept up the theme in the rest of his creations too! Gilette kind of reworks an older aesthetic with all sorts ... Book
Princeton Architectural Press, 2007. New Copy
An incredible document of the legendary Mingering Mike – the self-styled 70s soul superstar who never recorded any music, but created a huge body of work on hand-drawn record sleeves and 45s! Mike's story has been told briefly before in Wax Poetics, but this book really gets to the full ... Book
Fonthill Media (UK), 2012. New Copy
One of the strangest art forms we've ever come across – British Christmas cards that feature a protest message or a statement of social consciousness – collected by the authors over the span of 40 years! The topics here are very wide-ranging, and represent a shifting leftist politics ... Book
Hatje Cantz (Germany), 2015. New Copy
A beautiful look at a near-lost legacy from the Cold War years – the cultural embassy named Amerika Haus – first built in Berlin during the immediate post-war years, then an even more important outpost once the wall went up! The space itself was a work of art – strongly in the ... Book
Gingko Press, 2013. New Copy
Think you know hip hop records? Think again – because if you only know the commercially released and vocal versions of the material, then you only know half the story – because among true collectors, the instrumental wax can be even more in-demand! This book opens up that secret world ... Book

William S Burroughs

Ticket That Exploded
Grove Press, 1962. New Copy
60s brilliance from William S Burroughs – not only a key book in the development of his cut-up writing technique, but also a hell of a rollicking read from start to finish! As you'd guess from the cut-up, the writing is a bit fragmented – but that also serves to really abstract the sci ... Book
Doubleday, 2011. New Copy
Jonathan Lethem is a writer that we totally love – an author who's given us great novels and short stories over the years – and who, somehow between that ever-growing creative output, manages to write a good deal of essays and other articles too! We're not sure when Lethem ever finds ... Book
Chicago Review Press, 2012. New Copy
A stunning look at the great Mary Wells – one of Motown's first female acts of the 60s, and one of the decade's most important early soul figures as well! Mary's work on record is very well-known, but the story behind the music is completely different, and surprisingly dark at times – ... Book
HarperCollins, 2017. New Copy
A really great look at the complexity of Sarah Vaughn – a volume that balances equally between an understanding of her music and a look at her often-private life – with a fair bit more detail than we've ever seen before! Sarah was neither tragic nor as public as some of her ... 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
Old House (UK), 1967/2013. New Copy
Take a trip back to 1967 – the glory days of the London fashion scene, when Carnaby Street styles were all the rage, and the city was having a huge impact on the world of style! A big part of London's impact was its selection of small shops and exclusive boutiques – and this book, ... Book
Equinox (UK), 2017. New Copy
Tubby Hayes was one of the greatest tenor saxophonists in jazz during the 50s and 60s – even though his music only touched our American scene a bit, and mostly had its biggest impact on the London scene that Tubby called home! Yet that doesn't change things a bit – as to our ears, ... Book
P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy
Brazilian music in the 21st Century is alive and well – and the past two decades may well represent the most creative period in that nation's scene since the early 70s! We've stocked plenty of recent Brazilian albums over the years – but this book is maybe the first we've ever seen to ... 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

Hiroshi Uchikado & Akira Mizumoto

Record Buyers Diary (paperback)
Rittor (Japan), 2006. New Copy
It's no secret to crate diggers that Japanese record buyers really take their job seriously – and now here's a book to finally prove it! Record Buyer's Diary was put together by two Japanese record buyers as they travel the globe in search of the music they love – and it features ... 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
Roberts & Tilton, 2009. New Copy
Kehinde Wiley takes his World Stage format to Brazil – serving up a host of stunning portraits that were painted during a time he had residency overseas! As with other entries in the project, the approach here is beautiful – a mixture of older European portraiture and contemporary ... Book
Taschen, 2017. New Copy
The rowdy road antics of the legendary Fab Four – captured here in a wealth of candid shots during their last two years of global touring – and presented here in glorious black and white! Photographer Harry Benson had unfettered access to the group during these years – and the ... Book

Johan Kugelberg with Jon Savage & Glenn Terry

God Save Sex Pistols (hardcover)
Rizzoli, 2016. New Copy
A lavish art book on the Sex Pistols – the kind that Johnny Rotten would have gobbed at back in 1976 – but which we're more than happy to have all these many years later! Jon Savage provides a very detailed timeline of the group and their activities throughout the book – ... Book
Rizzoli, 2014. New Copy
A very cool book on the wide range of Hello Kitty collaborations in the world of print and fashion – products and projects that go far beyond the usual Hello Kitty merchandise – and which almost stand as artistic statements on the nature of Japanese marketing and toys! The book only ... Book
Equinox (UK), 2008. New Copy
Trumpeter Ian Carr has a legacy that's larger than most – early work in both bop and beat group fields, then a tremendous period of experimentation in the 70s – where his performance and conception helped shape a whole generation of British musicians! Writer Alyn Shipton covers all ... Book
Yale University Press, 2014. New Copy
A heady look at the life and work of Nam June Paik – the man who virtually invented video art at the end of the 60s, and went on to work in a range of other amazing media too! The core of the book features images from a large retrospective of Paik's career – stills from videos, ... Book
Hal Leonard, 2011. New Copy
A heavy-duty look at one of our favorite instruments of all time – the mighty Hammond Organ, a keyboard that forever changed the sound of jazz, soul, and even rock and roll on the US scene of the 50s, 60s, and 70s! The book is huge – a fully-illustrated history of the electric organ in ... Book
Carlton (UK), 2015. New Copy
A weird little book from Rian Hughes – an author/designer who's given us some great books on vintage art and advertising – a legacy that he partly channels into this unique volume! It's a bit hard to describe the book in words – but it definitely contains lots of the ideas ... Book
Indiana University Press, 2012. New Copy
A mighty deep look at the sound of highlife music in west Africa – one that not only deals with the sounds of the style, but also looks at the larger context of change in Ghana – especially as the nation's cities were on the rise in the postwar years! The book is incredibly well-researc ... Book
Indiana University Press, 2014. New Copy
There's no jukebox in the book – but instead, the hefty volume is overflowing with portraits of music legends from the past few decades – all shot in glorious black and white by photographer Christopher Felver, who seems to have a strong sense of sympathy for musicians in just about ... Book
Tate (UK), 2013. New Copy
A fantastic look at the artwork and style of glam – the movement that's usually known best through its big musical proponents – who include David Bowie, Roxy Music, and T Rex! Yet glam was way more than just a few fuzzy hit records in the early 70s – as the book traces a legacy ... Book
Sterling, 2013. New Copy
As the frontman for The Kinks, Ray Davies has always given us a wonderful picture of his native England – so we're already on board with his look at our homeland in this compelling blend of history, essay, and memoir! The book has Davies looking at different strands of America through ... Book
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2015. New Copy
Author Luc Sante takes us way beyond the Champs Elysses and Eiffel Tower – to show a side of Paris that much deeper and darker than you might expect! Sante's own work often deals with the seamier sides of society – and here, he puts that talent to great use in illustrating a Paris now ... Book

Jonathan Lethem

Motherless Brooklyn
Vintage, 1999. New Copy
A mindblowing book from Jonathan Lethem – one that follows from his early work in a sci fi mode, but which has a much stronger realist sensibility overall! The story tells the tale of a Brooklyn mobster, but one cursed with Tourette's Syndrome – a disease that's mostly understood from ... Book
Anthology Editions, 2016. New Copy
A fantastic book on books about UFOs – one that's put together with all the verve and vibrant imagery you'd expect from the cover! Jack Womack has been collecting materials on UFOs for decades – and this lavish, full-color book provides an amazing overview of publications from the ... Book
 
Updated April 25, 2019


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