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


Watching Jazz – Encounters With Jazz Performance On Screen
Oxford, 2016. New Copy
A books that looks at the way we look at jazz – rather than listen to it – with a series of well-penned essays about jazz on the screen – tracing a legacy that includes film, soundies, television, and even online media! The book has the obvious academic bent you might expect from ... Book
Sterling, 2017. New Copy
Ever think about what makes a great record so great? It's partly the music, partly the production – but it's also often the overall presentation too – the way the whole thing comes together and feels in your hands, or the way it looks when it's next to the turntable – or stands ... Book
LAPD 53 (hardcover)
Abrams, 2015. New Copy
A killer book by mystery writer James Ellroy – one that hits a "true crime" mode by combining Ellroy's words with vintage crime photos from 1953 – all to show a very gritty side of postwar LA! The book is beautiful – and offers Wee Gee-like photos of crime scenes, mixed ... Book
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, 2012. New Copy
A fascinating look at the world of Mexican music in the 20th Century – put together in collaboration with Arhoolie Records, the label that's done plenty to reissue the music over the years! The book begins with the huge archive of recordings by the label's founder, Chris Strachwitz – ... Book
Duke University Press, 2010. New Copy
The fascinating story of Randy Weston – one of the first American jazz musicians to weave his style back towards direct influences from African music – and one of the few who actually followed that path back to the motherland itself! Randy tells his tale here at a level that nobody ... Book
Goldmine, 2016. New Copy
An overstuffed edition of the Goldmine Jazz Price Guide – filled with great information! First off – forget the prices in this one, because we hate price guides, and we don't suggest that they actually have any correspondence to the real world – because people buy records at all ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952/1953. New Copy
Weird and terror come together in this wonderful horror comic from the early 50s – the kind of pre-code publication that was feared by parents, and was the stuff of nightmares for many kids in the postwar generation! Weird Terror is awash in all the best stuff we love from this period of ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1953/1954. New Copy
One of the more carefully-themed horror comics of the 50s – a book that really lived up to its title, by offering up stories that mostly dealt with the ghostly return of the dead! The stories are surprisingly well-written at times – and maybe a bit less bleak than some of the others in ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1953/1954. New Copy
The title's a great one for this creepy horror comic of the 50s – as the stories have this stark, spooky feel that definitely helps you take a journey into fear! The publication was maybe a bit more low-budget than some of its contemporaries – but that also makes some of these stories ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1958. New Copy
Great work from the comics code run of the legendary Forbidden Worlds – a time when this important early horror book moved into heavy sci-fi territory, but barely missed a beat at all! Instead, the comic almost seemed to hit a new sort of stride – as the stories by the great Richard ... Book
Gollancz (UK), 1964. New Copy
A haunting version of the future from Philip K Dick – one in which humanity is shuttled off the overcrowded earth into a range of dismal space colonies – addicted to the drug Can-D, which frees them to play and partner up in these imaginary worlds, and escape the shabbiness of their ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1952/1953. New Copy
The title's a great one for this creepy horror comic of the 50s – as the stories have this stark, spooky feel that definitely helps you take a journey into fear! The publication was maybe a bit more low-budget than some of its contemporaries – but that also makes some of these stories ... Book
Vintage, 2006. New Copy
A fascinating look at our fair city of Chicago – a city of neighborhoods, which are often very separate and divided – as you'll discover in this detailed look at four of them by William Julius Wilson and Richard P Taub! The volume follows on Chicago classics like Black Metropolis, but ... Book
Duke University Press, 2010. New Copy
A great history of radio during its golden years – and one that nicely gets past some of the overdone cliches of the format! Rather than dwell on the big shows and over-told stories of the wireless at mid century, Alexander Russo instead digs much deeper – partly to look at local ... Book
Gestalten (Germany), 2013. New Copy
A very cool project from the Red Bull Music Academy – a surprisingly strong force in recent years for bringing together a range of different musical strands! The book features pairings of two different artists or musicians – each talking with the other about their music, the process of ... 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
20 Iconic Film Posters By Saul Bass
Laurence King (UK), 2016. New Copy
Fantastic film posters from the legendary Saul Bass – a book that features each image on oversized pages – each of which is heavy cardboard, so that the whole thing's like a special folio of 20 different posters! You might know the image on the cover – Bass' famous poster for The ... Book
Harper Perennial, 2013. New Copy
The story of Charlie Parker is often draped in hyperbole and exaggeration – which is why it's extra great that this biography is handled by Stanley Crouch – one of the few writers we could trust to get past the hype and really find a way to link Parker's life and music! As you might ... Book
Hal Leonard, 2013. New Copy Book & DVD
A beautiful book on one of our favorite instruments ever – the irreplaceable Fender Rhodes keyboard – source of some of the most sublime sounds ever! The book's a counterpart to the wonderful documentary of the same name – and features a bonus blu-ray DVD of the film – plus ... Book
Aurum (UK), 2014. New Copy
A really cool look at albums that never happened – planned projects that were almost produced, but which fell apart at some point in the creative process – leading to a surprisingly large legacy of lost albums by some of rock music's biggest stars! Sure, everyone knows a few of these ... Book
Harper (UK), 2014. New Copy
Lou Reed gave us some mighty fascinating music over his many years of recording – and the man himself also led an equally fascinating life – one that's covered here in very great detail, in a hefty biography that begins with Reed's troubled life as a child, to his early years moving ... Book
Houghton Mifflin, 2016. New Copy
We're ultra-proud to be Chicagoans – and one of the many things that makes is proud is The Chicago Defender – our city's famous African-American newspaper, easily one of the best and most important in a long legacy of progressive 20th Century publications! This very hefty book tells ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2011. New Copy
Pat Martino tells his story – a wonderfully long run of jazz experience that starts in the heady days of the 60s soul jazz scene, moves into key psychedelic modes, suffers a bit of tragedy in later years, then springs wonderfully back more recently! Pat's got help from a co-writer on the ... 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
Viking, 2015. New Copy
John Szwed has given us pivotal books on Miles Davis and Sun Ra – and this time around, he's turning his eye to the life and music of Billie Holiday – offering up a very fresh vision of the oft-told tale of the singer and her career! As the title might imply, Szwed gets past the myth ... Book
Du Books (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A very cool book on Brazilian music – one that serves up a well-chosen array of very hip records, all laid out in decade-by-decade chapters – along with color images of the album cover art, label, date, and style information in regular text – and a review of the record in Japanese! ... Book
Jazz Covers (hardcover)
Taschen, 2015. New Copy
An amazing book – a true treasure for any fan of rare jazz albums! The book offers up way more than you'd guess from its title – because the array of material here is really fantastic – vintage jazz album covers of a very wide range, and not just the usual classics you might find ... 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
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
Harper, 2015. New Copy
Some of the earliest work ever written by Elmore Leonard – a range of short stories from the 50s, some of which were even created while Leonard was working in the advertising business! The later Leonard style is definitely in effect here, but the stories are also shorter, more focused, and ... 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
Yale University Press, 2015. New Copy
Coney Island is a hell of a place – a refuge for New Yorkers for over 100 years, and still pretty amazing today – with a surprisingly strong legacy that also includes the park's influence on more serious artists over the decades, a legacy that's presented beautifully in this oversize ... Book
Mark Mothersbaugh – Myopia (hardcover)
Museum Of Contemporary Art Denver, 2014. New Copy
A deep dig inside the mind of Mark Mothersbaugh – a musician that most folks know for his role in Devo, and his soundtrack material too – but also a visual artist with a legacy that's maybe even more mindblowing than his work on record! The book is the first we've ever seen to look at ... Book
Funk & Soul Covers (hardcover)
Taschen, 2015. New Copy
One of the funkiest coffee table books you'll ever hope to own – a massive collection of rare funk and soul album covers – beautifully put together, and with a wealth of information too! The set's way more than just a stash of cool-looking images – as the folks at Taschen have ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2011. New Copy
A totally great book for 7" collectors – especially if you dig unusual picture sleeves! The book was put together by DJ Muro – an artist we've come to love for his work on mixes and compilations, but who's also well-known for his massive record collection, too – one that's ... Book
For Diggers Only (paperback)
Rittor (Japan), 2016. New Copy Book
Fanatical Japanese record collectors share their love of rare vinyl, and a lot more too – in this ultra-cool book that's filled with label and cover scans, and lots of other record images too! The core text is in Japanese, but there's plenty here to love even if you can't read the language, ... Book
WW Norton (UK), 2014. New Copy
The music of Leonard Cohen is often so personal, it feels like we know the man himself very intimately – but behind the songs, there's a lot more to Cohen's life and creative process – a good deal of which is presented in this book! Author Liel Leibovitz does a good job of getting past ... Book
Essential Robert Indiana (hardcover)
Delmonico, 2013. New Copy
A beautiful document of the genius of Robert Indiana – an artist that most folks know for creating the LOVE logo in the 60s – but one whose career has so much more to offer! Indiana was a contemporary of Andy Warhol – and like Warhol, could effortlessly skirt the worlds of art ... Book
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2016. New Copy
Author David Hajdu has given us some great books on Bob Dylan and Billy Strayhorn – and written some excellent work on comics, too – and here, he takes on the development of pop music in the 20th Century, with a nicely wide-ranging ear that follows changes from early blues, through the ... 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
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
MTV, 2008. New Copy
The history of American hardcore – served up in a huge batch of black and white photos, record covers, flyers, and more – spun out in a really beautiful book! The images are all nice and stark – concert shots, band performances, and more – all photos that really get at the ... Book
Flatiron Books, 2015. New Copy
Way more than just a simple book of record cover images – and instead a love letter to the sound and style of the disco generation – put together from classic album artwork, and augmented by thoughtful musings by the author! The book features full color reproductions of over 250 album ... Book
Flatiron Books, 2016. New Copy
A pretty great look at the birth of rock and roll – one that starts way earlier than most other histories, and then gets into a year-by-year format of chapters during the crucial moments! Ed Ward's not above leaning on the bigger names, but also does a good job of pulling out smaller strands ... 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
Duke University Press, 2018. New Copy
A beautiful book-length prose poem from David Grubbs – an artist that some know as a musician, some as a singer, and some as a writer for his previous essential volume on improvised music! The book is very narrative – and tells this dream-like story of a musician faced with the need to ... Book
Princeton University, 2014. New Copy
American cities were going through tremendous changes in the 60s and 70s – changes that not only had an impact on local citizens, businesses, and municipal forces – but also on the art community as well! This book showcases a tremendous response to urban upheaval by artists in New York ... Book
Taschen, 2017. New Copy
The glory days of Marvel Comics – presented here in a stunning set of full color images from the vault! The book follows the Taschen treatment of DC Comics – and features page after page of legendary covers, pages, and panels – plus lots of other unusual images too – ... Book
Taschen, 2015. New Copy
A super-huge book of classic album covers from the 60s, 70s, and beyond – not just famous images, like the one pictured on the cover – and instead a very thoughtful collection of rock record shots from both the mainstream and the underground, with an especial eye for the kind of ... Book
Jcopy (Japan), 2016. New Copy
One of the coolest books on turntable culture we've ever seen – a really lovely book that features dozens and dozens of Japanese portable turntables – each laid out with lots of photos, model information, and listing of the features too! The book is similar to some of the Japanese ... Book
 
Updated May 25, 2018


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