Books — Recently Added

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


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Portico (UK), 2011. New Copy
A much better book than you'd guess from the title – and a wealth of wonderful images from the biggest city in England! As with the similar New York volume, the book lays out snapshots of great little visual jokes in London – strange store signs, odd posters, mistakes on public ... Book
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TCU Press, 2009. New Copy
A treasure trove of vintage photos from Calvin Littlejohn – an important African-American photographer in the Fort Worth area in the years before Civil Rights – and one with a great eye for capturing a special moment of unique scene! The images here are all black and white, but paint a ... Book
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University Of Illinois, 2009. New Copy
Great photographs from a forgotten corner of the Chicago area – even to most of the folks who live nearby – the neighborhoods around the Calumet Harbor, a lost part of the city near the Indiana border! Calumet is home to older shipping docks, crumbling industry, and many shuttered ... Book
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Wax Poetics, 2007. New Copy
One of the hippest books of album covers you could ever hope to find – a great antidote to the snoozier mainstream takes on the genre they try to pass off at big stores every Christmas! This one features super-rare album covers hand-picked by an array of staff and writers for Wax Poetics ... 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 exciting band ... 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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Chicago Review Press, 2011. New Copy
A strong biography of punk/poet/trailblazer Patti Smith – whose done a pretty amazing job of writing her own lifes story, too, in her own poetically rambling voice over the years – and this straight, well researched bio by Dave Thompson does a teriffic job of telling her story from an ... 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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University Of California Press, 1984/2009. New Copy Book/CD
A much-needed look at the amazing underground jazz scene in LA – the richly creative spiritual and avant underground that flourished strongly in the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Although the city's best known for its cool jazz of the 50s, there's an even greater amount of left-field jazz that's come ... Book
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Hal Leonard, 2010. New Copy Book & DVD
Quincy Jones tells all his secrets of the studio – working here in a really cool volume that details his production efforts on decades' worth of records – with a strong focus on some of the most special albums in his history, plus lots more details on the general production process too! ... Book
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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
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Encyclopedia Of Krautrock
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A Japanese book about Krautrock, but one that's laid out like a discography – so that you can understand it even if you can't read the language! All the artist and album information is in English (or German) – and every entry has a vivid full color photo, so that you can hundreds and ... Book
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Techno Definitive 1963 to 2013
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy
Techno isn't a style that just evolved from 80s Detroit – as the authors of this book go way way back to the early 60s – to start digging for the roots of space-age music and electronic sounds that would explode on dancefloors many years later! The volume is a great take on the ... Book
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House Definitive 1974 to 2014
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy
The roots of house music and beyond – a mighty cool discography that does a special job of locating the music many years before it first exploded in Chicago and Detroit, then following it for many years after that, through a host of global scenes and styles! The publication is a discography, ... Book
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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
 
Updated May 27, 2015


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