Books — Recently Added

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


Simon & Schuster, 2015. New Copy
Not just a book on Motown – despite the image of The Supremes on the cover – but a story of Detroit itself – told as a series of intersecting paths that include the famous soul music label, as well as all the manufacturers, cultures, communities, and political forces that were ... Book
Louisiana State University, 2013. New Copy
A detailed look at one of the most compelling strands of the legendary field recordings of Alan Lomax – his 1934 foray into the rich musical culture of Southern Louisiana! Although some of the Lomax recordings have been brought out and examined under the spotlight in just about every way ... 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
Disc Collection – Funk
Shinko Music (Japan), 2017. New Copy
A very cool introduction to the world of funk – a special Japanese book that features listings for over 500 funky classics – including a huge amount of gems from the 60s and 70s! The style here is similar to some of the Japanese jazz discographies – with entries that offer up a ... Book
University Of Texas Press, 2017. New Copy
Fantastic photographs from B+ – an artist you might know for his important work in Wax Poetics, or his excellent album cover material – a creative talent who's grown tremendously over the years – and who's finally given his due in this beautiful book! The package is small, but ... Book
University Of Michigan, 2006. New Copy
A great look at the legendary Jimmie Lunceford – head of one of the hippest, swingingest bands of the 30s – an ensemble that opened the door for so many other musicians and later generations – but never fully got the attention it deserved! This book does more than correct that ... Book
Borderline (Scotland), 2017. New Copy Book
A long-overdue book from this legendary expert on psychedelia – a huge volume that matches the depth of Vernon Joynson's Tapestry Of Delights, but which looks at the rich legacy of music in Canada and Latin America! If you think there's not much to talk about here, then think again – ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy
Way way way more than just another book of album cover images – and instead, a stunningly huge volume that offers up key images from the disco generation, plus a wealth of knowledge and information too! The book really lives up to the "encyclopedic" promise of its title – as ... Book
William Morrow, 2014. New Copy
The story of Soul Train, brought to us by an author we trust more than most when it comes to music writing! Nelson George has already given us great books on Motown, hip hop, James Brown, and the decline of rhythm and blues – and he does an equally great job here with his examination of Soul ... 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
Fat City
New York Review Of Books, 1969. New Copy
A gritty novel set in the world of boxing in postwar Stockton, California – and like the best of its genre, a story that's about far more than the fight game itself! Writer Leonard Gardner later rose to fame penning crime stories for film and TV – but there's a sharpness to his prose ... Book
Fundacion Juan March (Spain), 2014. New Copy
A beautifully huge look at the Italian futurist movement – one that not only features fantastic images of paintings and other artwork, but also some more commercial material, posters, publications, and other elements of the complete futurist lifestyle – all presented in brilliant color ... Book
Fab (UK), 2015. New Copy
The sounds of Bollywood are nothing new to the racks at Dusty Groove – but this may be the first book we've ever seen that does a good job of opening up the actual films for the laymen like us! The book's a non-academic, visually-stunning look at the fantastic Indian film culture of the 70s ... Book
Peter Owens (UK), 2015. New Copy
A really cool look at a label that was maybe one of the hippest things the Beatles ever did – the short-lived Zapple imprint – which was part of their main Apple label, but dedicated to more experimental work from a variety of musicians and writers! The imprint is perhaps best ... Book
Oxford University Press, 2013. New Copy
The legendary Harry Nilsson was way more than just a singer/songwriter – and his life was way too short – but during that time, he gave us a tremendous body of work – some of the most compelling, most creative songs of his generation – beautifully presented on his own ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2008. New Copy
A beautiful book on the dancehall scene in Jamaica – one that's done in a different style than some of the other Soul Jazz books – which are often focused more on album cover art! This book's got a very different approach – and is more an art book with photos of the dancehall ... Book
New York Review Of Books, 1959/1970. New Copy
Two novels from Mavis Gallant – the Canadian writer who spent most of her important years in Paris, from which she sent countless short pieces to the New Yorker! Fairly Good Time is one of the longest works from Gallant's Paris years – the story of a Canadian widow in the city, ... Book
Reaktion (UK), 2013. New Copy
That's Brazilian jive, instead of Brazilian music – as the author here shows just how much the larger Brazilian culture helps shape the sound of it's songs – a wonderful interplay between urban and rural, modern and ancient, popular and intellectual – forces that have come ... Book
Taschen, 2017. New Copy
Given the rise of Soviet Realism in the Stalin years, we were never sure that the Russian avant garde cinema lasted that long – but we stand corrected by this beautiful book – which features hundreds of full color film posters from the 20s and 30s! The images are wonderful – ... Book
Walkabout
New York Review Of Books, 1959. New Copy
The book that inspired the famous Nicolas Roeg film of the 70s – but a novel that's quite different in approach, and maybe more of a spiritual journey than the film ever was! Walkabout shares a similar narrative with the movie – two children lost in the outback of Australia – ... Book
 
Updated January 21, 2018


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