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


Fantagraphics, Late 40s. New Copy
A treasure trove of romance comics from the guys who invented the genre – the legendary team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby – the pair responsible for Captain America, The Sandman, and a whole host of other Golden Age heroes – working here in a completely new format as a way to ... Book
Fantagraphics, Early 40s. New Copy
Some of the most impressive comics to ever come out of WWII – not the kind of Nazi-busting action that was handled by the superheroes in the early 40s, nor some of the pinup or joke-heavy material that came from artists back at home – and instead the surprisingly gripping work of Bill ... Book
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
Poeira Zine (Brazil), 2016. New Copy
Here's a book that will jump-start your record collection – a beautiful book that features full page cover images of 100 different Brazilian music gems – plus full notes on each record in both English and Portuguese! The book is beautiful – a page with cover art on one side, and ... Book
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
Shinko Music (Japan), 2015. New Copy
Finally! The world of easy listening gets its own sort of special disc guides – similar to the kinds of books we've seen for jazz, soul, psych, and other styles over the years! This one focuses on the warmest, mellowest sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s – with listings of 500 different ... Book
Shinko Music (Japan), 2010. New Copy
A wonderful guide to Brazilian music – one that offers up individual listings for 500 different albums – along with color images of their covers, label, release date, and artist/title information in English characters – plus a review of each record in Japanese! Even if you can't ... Book
Evan Mitchell Books (UK), 2011. New Copy
William Claxton may be the best-remembered name in jazz photography on the west coast scene of the 50s and 60s – but photographer Bob Willoughby was right there alongside him, capturing all the beautiful images that are featured here in this lavish book! Like Claxton, Willoughby is a hell of ... 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
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
Bis (Netherlands), 2011. New Copy
A book that's maybe not what you'd guess from the title – or maybe only partly from the title – as the whole thing is a love letter to the font style of Cooper Black, used on the front – served up in a fantastic array of images from the late 60s onward! The rounded font has been ... 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
Omnibus (UK), 2009. New Copy
A detailed look at one of the coolest, hippest, most unique groups to come out of the first wave of Brit punk in the late 70s – a quartet who worked in sonic corridors few other artists could touch, and who've gone onto change and expand their sound in more recent decades too! Paul Lester's ... Book
MLM (Japan), 2002. New Copy
The second volume in this series of completely essential books for collectors of Brazilian music! Like the first volume, this one is overstuffed with images of hard to find Brazilian music albums – listings for hundreds of rare records – all the kind of albums that we almost never are ... Book
Jazz For Dancers
Hanmoto (Japan), 2008. New Copy
Don't think "jazz for dancers", and instead think "funky jazz" – because that's what this sweet little book is all about – upbeat jazz tracks from the bop years onwards – served up in styles that run the gamut from soul jazz to electric funk, fusion, bossa, ... Book
Drug Of Choice
Hard Case Crime, 1970. New Copy
Before Jurassic Park, before Westworld, a young Michael Crichton penned this spooky tale of a planned island paradise gone bad – a wrong idea from a biotech corporation gone bad – with all the best mix of science, medicine, and action you'll know from Crichton's more famous thrillers! ... Book
Editions Stephane Baches (France), 2012. New Copy
More than 500 classic music posters, many unseen for years – in a lavish full-color book that presents the chronological evolution of the genre! The book follows vivid images from early rockabilly through 60s garage, soul, and and psych, through 70s arena rock and punk, to 80s and 90s indie, ... Book
Editions Stephane Baches (France), 1999. New Copy
The cover cops an image from a Joy Division album – and the book inside features a huge array of album art from the same generation! The book's not as fluffy as you might guess from the "new wave" title – as much of the records represented are in styles that include post-punk ... 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
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
 
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