Books — Recently Added

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

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Wax Facts Press, 2014. New Copy
Golden age of hip hop historian Brian Coleman's second Check The Technique tome – the in-depth stories behind some of the greatest records of the 80s and early 90s – an even greater collection than the first volume! Coleman's approach is straight-forward and direct – chronicling ... Book
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Abrams, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy Book
The punk press in all of its glory – served up here in an oversized book that brings together pages and images from the underground music papers of the 70s! The book features reproductions of a few articles, and some very detailed pages of notes at the end on the contents – but overall ... 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, 2005. New Copy Book
Stevie Wonder's classic albums as guided though a musicians lens, rather than only the the prism of popular culture – put together by London based musician, columnist and author Steve Lodder – who has worked with Carla Bley, George Russell and Paul McCartney to name a few! The book ... Book
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Old School Rap & Hip Hop
AMG, 2008. New Copy
A guide to essential Old School Rap & Hip Hop from team at the indespensible All Music Guide – featuring more than 500 music reviews of important records by Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, NWA, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and so much more – plus reviews on soul and funk LPs ... Book
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White Glove Test - Louisville Punk Flyers 1978 – 1994 (hardcover)
Drag City, 2015. New Copy
An incredible document of a scene that's never fully gotten its due – the Louisville underground, a scene that's given us Squirrel Bait, The Palace Brothers, Slint, and so many other wonderful artists over the years – presented here in a long, large collection of vintage flyers for ... 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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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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Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. New Copy Book
The most massive book of record art we've ever stocked – and a groundbreaking look at the art of reggae 45s, put together by the folks at Soul Jazz Records! Albums are usually featured in a book like this, but the authors do a great job of illustrating the diversity of 45 labels on the ... 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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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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Trans Atlantic Press (UK), 2011. New Copy
David Bowie in all his vivid glory – in a heavy book that's filled with rare photos of Bowie from his earliest years on the London scene right up through recent projects – with a very strong focus on his important styles and personas in the 70s! The book features over 200 photos, some ... Book
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Country Music Foundation, 2005. New Copy Book
Not the country music side of Nashville, but the city's rich heritage of soul and R&B – served up here in a beautiful book put together by the Country Music Hall Of Fame! That organization has always done great things for country – and here, they turn their special talents towards ... Book
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Louisiana State University, 1993. New Copy
Bunny Berigan left this planet all too soon – at the tender age of 34, in 1942 – but during his short career in music he managed to appear on over 600 records, and leave behind a legacy that would influence jazz trumpeters for generations to come! Author Robert Dupuis brings a hell of ... Book
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University Of Illinois, 2006. New Copy
A deep look at the growing importance of the African American church in the 20th Century – both as a cultural force, and as a political one as well – summed up by the leadership of CL Franklin, who also was the father of Aretha as well! The book follows nicely in the style of some of ... Book
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Thomas Dunne, 2012. New Copy
You've no doubt read plenty about the way the mafia penetrated the music industry in the 50s and 60s – from record pressing to distribution to artist management and beyond – but you'll be hard-pressed to read a more lively account than this one – the story of the legendary ... Book
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Constable (UK), 2012. New Copy
The world just got a bit weirder – thanks to this great book that documents ill-themed products that include "D-presso Coffee", "Wack Off" insect repellant, "Bum" biscuits, and "Tit Bits" snacks! The book covers a lot more than just weird labels, too ... Book
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Soul Jazz (UK), 2011. New Copy
Incredible images from one of the most legendary reggae labels ever – the mighty Studio One, home to decades of classic music, put together with equally-classic images on the record covers! The book is maybe even more of a treasure than some other album art books you'll find – because ... 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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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
Updated May 24, 2015

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