Books — Recently Added

Lots of well-priced bargains -- and a handful of essential discographies and album art books too!


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Harte, 1974. New Copy
A legendary film gets a legendary package – a special limited book-style presentation of Space Is The Place – with a DVD that includes two different versions of the film, and a newly-remastered CD presentation of the music, which also includes two never-issued tracks! The book alone is ... Book
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Sterling, 2014. New Copy
A visual history of the blues music – charting a 100 year history from the rural southern roots to Chess Records and well beyond – but it's much more than the photo book you might be expecting rom the title! There's ton of beautiful photographs of the artists, concert posters and more, ... Book
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Titan, 2011. New Copy
A much needed biography of Little Willie John – who died at a much too young 30 years old, but not before the Detroit singer helped lay the groundwork for Motown and influenced some of greatest voices in soul music to follow. One of them is Stevie Wonder, who wrote the foreward, and Susan ... Book
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Da Capo, 2013. New Copy
The real story of The Runaways! The pre-punk, glam pop girl group was intially sold as a seedy symbol of 70s Sunset Strip debauchery, as peddled by Kim Fowley, and were both celebrated and critically dismissed for that reason – and know they're rightly recognized as trailblazers who, ... Book
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Gallery, 2014. New Copy
A Bowie biography that goes a lot deeper than lot that we've seen – not just rehashing the oft-told sex, drugs and other 70s era lifestyle excesses (though there's plenty of that here) – but also a look at the brilliant self-salesmanship and business sense of the man behind the myths. ... Book
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Portico (UK), 2012. New Copy
A snarky, but oddly affable second photographic journey into London at it's sh*ttiest – funny stuff, but also a smart window into the festering humanity of overcrowded urban life – something we Chicagoans know good and well! You get loads of great pics with humorous graffiti-ied ... Book
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Rittor (Japan), 2013. New Copy
An even-better volume of this amazing publication – a true treasure trove for fans of all things funky – and one of the coolest books of rare records we've ever seen! The Japanese book is a dictionary of rare groove classics from the 60s and 70s – listing hundreds of rare albums ... Book
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Abrams, 1960s/1970s/2012. New Copy
Naughty pictures galore, ripped from the pages of the underground press of the 60s and 70s – and presented here in a beautiful oversized, full color book! The book's got a political bent – as you might guess from the title – but we love it more as a romp through long lost ... Book
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Collins & Brown, 2011. New Copy Book
A great re-presentation of this classic look at Blue Note Records – one that brings together material from both the first and second volumes of cover art – all presented in a hardcover volume that's got the dimensions of a 10" LP! The heavy book features over 400 record cover ... Book
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Rittor (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A sweet sweet discography on 70s electric jazz – one that's every bit as cool as the more classic entries in this series! The book's got loads of listings on some of our favorite albums of funky jazz and jazzy soul – plus lots more entries on obscure titles from around the globe, ... Book
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Independent Black Jazz Of America (paperback)
Rittor (Japan), 2014. New Copy Book
A really important book for any fan of American spiritual jazz of the 70s – a mixture of essays and discographies, with a focus on some of the best labels of the scene – including Strata East, Black Jazz, Tribe, Nimbus, and many others – plus some key entries from overseas as well! ... Book
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Oxford University Press, 2013. New Copy
A smart read into the world of music piracy – not just in the contemporary internet world that's been getting such unyielding attention in the past couple decades – but the roots of it, which go back as far as recorded media itself! If you think the world just started bellyaching about ... Book
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Collins & Brown, 2009. New Copy Book
Classic albums in a variety of genres – some rare, some famous, all of them pretty darn groovy! This lavish hardcover volume presents over 200 images in beautiful color – starting with the "suits" at the start of the decade, some especially nice jazz images, then moving into ... Book
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Periscope, 2011. New Copy
A lavish, oversized book that traces the origins of "cool" in West African culture, through its passage in the Caribbean, American south, and up to the New York scene – all in a vivid interplay between words and images! The text is surprisingly deep – more than you'd expect ... Book
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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
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Back Beat, 2013. New Copy
Django Reinhardt and Pat Metheney are pictured on the cover – but this well-structured volume offers plenty more to help you get past those legends of jazz guitar – details on hundreds of different jazz guitarists from the early years of the music right on up to the present – all ... Book
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Scribner, 2014. New Copy Hardcover
Maybe the best-ever look at the legendary Mavis Staples – and the Staple Singers as well – a detailed, richly-written book on the Staples legacy in both gospel and soul music – penned by Chicago journalist Greg Kot! Kot wrote the book with full support from Mavis – who ... Book
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University Of Illinois, 2010. New Copy
An insightful look at the early years of recorded blues music in America – which began as a comercially vialable genre in the 1920s, but the roots go back at least 70s years earlier! Peter Muir's book goes way deeper than just the recorded early history of the blues, by digging into the ... Book
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Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy
The colorful language of pop lyrics is appraised by noted-satirist, National Book Award nominee, and critic Alexander Theroux – who appraises the lyrics and language of pop, rock, jazz, folk, blues, show tunes and more – pretty much taking in the full breadth the American songbook of ... Book
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54321 Countdown (UK), 2012. New Copy
Garry Bushell's cool look back at the mod revival scene of the late 70s and first year or 2 of the 80s – a fairly short-lived, but still invigorating couple years of raw, R&B fueled post-punk that's famous for spawning The Jam and many lesser-remembered, but hardly less invigorating bands ... Book
 
Updated April 25, 2015


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