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    In January 1959 Berry Gordy borrowed $800 from his family and founded the Detroit-based record company that in less than a decade was to become the largest black-owned business in the United States. It also became one of the most productive and influential producers of popular music anywhere in the world, mainly by combining the best features of black...
    The Wire+ The Wire Tapper
    The Wire magazine, with features on the great minds of the music industry, reviews on SOTU favourites and more! Also includes a free wire tapper cd!
    In just fifteen years, Hipgnosis (Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey Po Powell and Peter Christopherson) established themselves as the most important design collective in music history. Their innovative cover art defines the albums of the biggest names of the late 1960s, 70s and early 80s: AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin,...
    50% OFF Fantastic, stunning deluxe large format IMPORT USA HARDBACK BOOK - the bomb! So cool it hurts ... Yale professor Robert Farris Thompson is a living legend. He started writing about the African heritage in the art and music of the Americas when no one recognized the continuities, when African-American studies did not exist and the Civil Rights...
    NEARLY 50% OFF USA IMPORT PAPERBACKThe groundbreaking biography of America's balladeer, released for the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth in July 2012. A patriot and a political radical, Woody Guthrie captured the spirit of his times in his enduring songs. Ed Cray, the first biographer to be granted access to the Woody Guthrie Archive, has created...
    40% OFF!!!! UK PAPERBACKEartha Kitt was a skinny, mixed-race woman with an odd, angular face, who seduced fifties white America into thinking that she was, in the words of Orson Welles, 'the most exciting woman in the world'. She could count Marilyn Monroe, T.S. Eliot, Prince Philip and Albert Einstein among her friends and admirers, and was almost...
    60% OFF!!!! DELUXE UK HARDBACK - nice! Sammy Davis is the man!Nicknamed Mr. Show Business, Sammy Davis Jr. was a consummate performer who sang, danced, and acted on film, television, radio, and the stage for over six decades. In this uniquely intimate volume, the entertainment legend's story comes to life through rare family photos and a compelling...
    OVER 50% OFF!!!!! PAPERBACKRich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway - privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness, the hard living. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Cohen's chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views...
    70% OFF !!!!! UK HARDBACK BOOK - Good book about the mentalist!The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.
    50% OFF!!!! PAPERBACKIn The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together: from their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and...
    OVER 50% OFF!!!!! PAPERBACKSticky Fingers is the story of how one man's ego and ambition captured the 1960s youth culture of rock and roll and turned it into a hothouse of fame, power, politics, and riches that would last for fifty years. Drawn from dozens of hours of interviews with Jann Wenner, who granted Joe Hagan exclusive access to his vast personal...
    A Photographic Explosion from the ROXY club that changed the face of music.Features Photos of The Clash, The Heartbreakers, The Police, The Damned, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Generation X, The Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, The Vibrators, The Rejects, The Stranglers, The Slits, Johnny Moped and many extreme dressers of PUNK styles.
    1st Edition 1972 Hardback w/ no dustjacket ok condition
    NEARLY 60% OFF USA IMPORT DELUXE PAPERBACK BOOK 300+ PAGES Picturing Los Angeles illustrates the creation, evolution, and ever-changing face of Los Angeles. Through stunning photography, the city s intriguing, important, and unexpectedly influential past is revealed. These images function like frames from a movie, offering glimpses of an ever-evolving...
    50% OFF DELUXE USA PARGE FORMAT HARDBACK BOOK!!!!Lavishly illustrated, respected journalist Harvey Kubernik charts Leonard Cohen's extraordinary career in detail, placing his literary and musical achievements within the context of his life.From his beginnings as a writer and poet, through his classic albums of the sixties and seventies up to his triumphant...
    50% OFF USA IMPORT PAPERBACKLee Brilleaux, the charismatic star of proto-punk R&B reprobates Dr Feelgood, was one of rock'n'roll's greatest frontmen. But he was also one of its greatest gentlemen - a class act with heart, fire, wanderlust and a wild streak. Exploding out of Canvey Island in the early 1970s - an age of glam rock, post-hippy folk and...
    60% OFF USA IMPORT PAPERBACK BOOK!With first-hand accounts from the people who knew him best, this book details Sir Elton's formative years: from training as a classical pianist at the Royal Academy of Music; his time as a jobbing songwriter in London's Tin Pan Alley; performing his first live gigs; and his eventual rise to superstardom in the '70s....
    60% OFF USA IMPORT HARDBACK BOOK! Before MP3s, CDs, and cassette tapes, even before LPs or 45s, the world listened to music on fragile, 10-inch shellac discs that spun at 78 revolutions per minute. Do Not Sell at Any Price is the untold story of a fixated coterie of record collectors working to ensure those songs aren't lost forever. Music critic and...
    USA IMPORTGreat book on Dub. Michael Veal has also written an excellent book on Fela Kuti and wrote the sleevenotes for Studio One Dub 2 on Soul Jazz Records. When Jamaican recording engineers Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock, Errol Thompson, and Lee "Scratch" Perry began crafting "dub" music in the early 1970s, they were initiating a musical revolution...
    WICKED BOOK! USA IMPORT PAPERBACK 60% OFF!!!! Highlife Saturday Night captures the vibrancy of Saturday nights in Ghana-when musicians took to the stage and dancers took to the floor-in this penetrating look at musical leisure during a time of social, political, and cultural change. Framing dance band "highlife" music as a central medium through which...
    Excellent discography on man like Lee Morgan, every record session! "Roger Wernboe has done Jazz scholars, fans, and collectors a great favor. Thanks to his efforts, we finally have, 25 years after Lee Morgan's untimely death, a comprehensive & definititive discography for the legendary and influential trumpeter. All known sessions and releases are...
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    USA HARDBACK IMPORT 60% OFF - essential book!"Dark Magus" is a warts-and-all look at the real Miles Davis. As told by his son, this book strips away the public perception of Davis often concocted through other books written without such intimate access to the man and gets down to the realities of his personality and quirks. Despite being a jazz superstar...
    USA IMPORT HARDBACK BOOK - 65% OFF!!! An up-close and personal account of the Los Angeles punk scene, told by those who were there and curated by John Doe of X, with 50 rare photos.
    Play about voguing houses Enter the House of Light, a hyper-glamorous, uber-competitive drag queen refuge where a daughter who was once a son can find a family. While the House are primping and preening for a catwalk showdown, drag queen Nina is wooing the delectable Eric as Wilson. How can Nina/Wilson strut the thorny divide between opposite genders...
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    USA IMPORT HARDBACK 60% OFF!!!!Soul Survivor is the biography of a man whose life is the embodiment of the collision between the sacred and the profane, traversing the tortured road Green roamed from gospel to secular and back again. Readers bear witness to some of the greatest music ever recorded and the never-before-told story of Green's label, Hi...
    Now known internationally through the recordings of King Sunny Ade and others, juju music originated more than fifty years ago among the Yoruba of Nigeria. This history and ethnography of juju is the first detailed account of the evolution and social significance of a West African popular music. Enhanced with maps, color photographs of musicians and...
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    1976 Biography
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    AMERICAN IMPORT HARDBACK 60% OFF! From Geto Boys legend and renowned storyteller Scarface, comes a passionate memoir about how hip-hop changed the life of a kid from the south side of Houston, and how he rose to the top-and ushered in a new generation of rap dominance.
    In this book, Jon Michael Spencer argues that African rhythm, particularly African rhythm in the New World, gives rise to the distinctive qualities of black cultures. These rhythms especially undergird and distinguish black music, dance and religion, each of which is a means by which Afro-peoples absorb these rhythms and concretize them in other aesthetic...
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    Lots of New Orleans pix and info - Meters etc. USA IMPORT PAPERBACK BOOK £5 only! 66% OFF!The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is among the largest music festivals in the USA with half a million people congregating in New Orleans for two weekends in April and May every year to experience the riches of New Orleans and Louisiana music, as well...
    USA IMPORT HARDBACK BOOK 50% OFF!! DEEP PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK!From NYC to the infamous Rust Belt, once home to America's heavy industry, States of Decay brings you a glimpse of the broken, the doomed, the entropic dreamlands on the flipside of the silver dollar coin. A unique exploration of everything from abandoned power plants, hospitals, asylums, schools,...
    seminal text on music biz mafia
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    Great book introduced by E.R.Braithwaite (who wrote the original To Sir With Love about a black teacher in Britain), this book includes work from Sam Selvon, George Lamming, Paul Gilroy, Ben Okri, CLR James, Linton Kwesi Johnson and many more - definitely the A-team of
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      Afro-Caribbean writers. Excellent

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    USA IMPORT HARDBACK BOOK 66% OFF!!! A KILLER FROM THE KILLER! Jerry Lee Lewis has lived an extraordinary life. He gave rock and roll its devil's edge with hit records like 'Great Balls of Fire'. His incendiary shows caused riots and boycotts. He ran a decade-long marathon of drugs, drinking, and women, and married his thirteen-year-old second cousin,...
    BAD GIRL CHERRY! USA IMPORT HARDBACK BOOK 60% OFF!Cherry Vanilla's memoir takes us from the birth of rock to the explosion of punk, with memorable detours through the sexual revolution, the women's lib movement, and the Theatre of the Ridiculous.
    100% essential seminal book on the evolution of New Orleans music featuring Professor Longhair, The Meters, Eddie Bo and, well, anyone who's anyone in the city. If you liked 'New Orleans Funk' then buy this book to find out more!
    BIG USA IMPORT HARDBACK BOOK 60% OFF!!!! Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews features over two dozen of the most significant and revealing conversations with the singer, gathered in one definitive collection that spans his career from street poet to Nobel Laureate.
    USA IMPORT HARDBACK BOOK OVER 50% OFF!! Barry Miles, renowned cultural historian and writer, brings us the fascinating inside story of Zapple, the Beatles' experimental and spoken word label. Appointed as manager of Zapple in 1968 by Paul McCartney, Miles set up the label and planned its proposed list of radical releases in co-operation with the Fab...
    Juxtaposing scenes from Coltrane's personal life - his military career, addictions, political activism and love affairs - against snapshots of his major recordings, Coltrane evokes an extraordinary life and the momentous historical events that formed its backdrop. It is a graphic novel that echoes his work in its structure and style, and forms a testament...
    A compendium of electrifying images and the albums they grace.
    This stunning volume reproduces all of the album covers, front and back, that Warhol designed over four decades. Hundreds of additional contextual illustrations present liner notes and inside covers, related works by Warhol and documentary images that trace the artist's visual sources.
    Accompanying a major exhibition at the de Young museum in San Francisco, this book features more than 130 works of art, including large-scale paintings on tarpaulin and canvas, sculptures, and subway drawings. Together they create a narrative that explores Haring's responses to nuclear disarmament, racial inequality, capitalist excess, environmental...
     
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