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    Recreating the complete story of the punk phenomenon, including where it came from and what it turned into, Punk is a massive and visually stunning record of five years that changed the world: from 1975 to 1979. Collecting the testimony of more than 260 artists, record producers, designers, and journalists including John Cale, Debbie Harry, Joe Strummer,...
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    Clad in white tie and tails, dancing and scatting his way through the "Hi-de-ho" chorus of "Minnie the Moocher," Cab Calloway exuded a sly charm and sophistication that endeared him to legions of fans. In Hi-de-ho, author Alyn Shipton offers the first full-length biography of Cab Calloway, whose vocal theatrics and flamboyant stage...
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    deep jazz from AACM founder, pianist Abrams. W/Rufus Reid, Steve McCall and more. Original USA DElmark album
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    In this fascinating, abundant novel from the incomparable Umberto Eco, Yambo, a rare-book dealer, has suffered a bizarre form of memory loss. He can remember every book he ever read but nothing about his own life. In an effort to retrieve his past, he withdraws into his old family home and searches through boxes of old newspapers, comics, records,...
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    This album, recorded in 1967 by the Electronic Music Studio (EMS) of the University of Toronto exemplifies early experimentations in electronic music. It was the first studio of its kind in Canada (founded by Dr Arnold Walter) and the second in North America. The abstract songs are eerily captivating. Liner notes include explanations of how the songs...
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    This album is a compilation of avant-garde art music performed by Son of Lion, an American Gamelan Orchestra that uses traditional Indonesian instruments as well as found objects (hubcaps, foodcans) in its music. The liner notes feature diagrams and/or descriptions of each piece that explain the nature of its unique composition. For example, Elena Carey...
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    From Milford Graves’ guttural experiments with percussion and the body to Mary Lou Williams’ jazz combo interrupted by atonal “fungus,” this compilation of new (1970s) music makes for an eclectic mix of musical sounds. Star innovators Gil Evans, Sam Rivers, Sunny Murray also contribute to this collection of jazz. Originally released...
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    The second volume of works, performed by The Gamelan Son of Lion, and originally released in 1982
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    Originally released in 1959, this is an engaging progression of simple to complex rhythmic concepts with Rhythm Workshop participants that is particularly appropriate for children. Includes Caney Mi Macaro, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, Hambone, and more.
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    When recording was more art than science, regional music centres flourished. From the 1940s to the 1970s, before corporate take-overs quieted their distinctive sounds, regional cities turned out hundreds of hits, from "My Guy" to "Five O'Clock World." Paying tribute to these neglected treasures, journalist and record producer Randy McNutt travels...
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    A walker, a reader and a gazer, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is also a skilled talker whose impromptu kerbside exchanges with Harlem's most colourful residents are transmuted into a slippery, silky set of observations on what change and opportunity have wrought in this small corner of a big city, Harlem, with its outsize reputation and even-larger influence....
    Fast and frenetic in their leather jackets and ripped jeans, the Ramones were hugely influential in the birth of American punk. With his signature sunglasses, mop of hair and towering height,  Joey Ramone was their quirky, extraordinary lead singer. His brother, Mickey Leigh, here tells their story with honesty, humour and grace. A page-turning...
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    Marc Dolan traces the cultural, political and personal forces that shaped the music of Bruce Springsteen. Beyond his constant stylistic adaptations, Springsteen developed from being the voice of a guy from working class New Jersey to writing about the larger issues facing America. Dolan draws on a range of new and little-known sources, making...
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    Alice Walker's first novel, recounting the lives of three generations of a family living in Georgia, deals with violence within the black community and the need to overcome domination and oppression without damaging others. 
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    Arman 'The Blackbird' Degas is a professional hitman: one shot, one kill. But when he's carjacked by ex-con Richie Nix, he finds himself with a lethal partner. Nix is on his way to shake down a realtor and the Blackbird is along for the ride. But they don't count on Carmen and Wayne Colson getting in their way. Exposed as eyewitnesses, the Colsons...
    This lively and entertaining revisionist history of rock music after 1970 reconsiders the roles of two genres, heavy metal and punk. Instead of considering metal and punk as aesthetically opposed to each other, Steve Waksman breaks new ground by showing that a profound connection exists between them. Metal and punk enjoyed a charged, intimate relationship...
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    Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s Tradition and the Black Atlantic is both a vibrant romp down the rabbit hole of cultural studies and an examination of the discipline’s roots and role in contemporary thought. In this conversational tour through the halls of theory, Gates leaps from Richard Wright to Spike Lee, from Pat Buchanan to Frantz...
    Dunstan Prial's biography presents John Hammond's life as a gripping story of music, money, fame, and racial conflict, played out in the nightclubs and recording studios where the music was made. A pioneering producer and talent spotter, Hammond discovered and championed some of the most gifted musicians of early jazz--Billie Holliday, Count Basie,...
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    This book is a quest to understand Van Morrisons particular genius through a close look at the most extraordinary and unclassifiable moments in his long career, beginning in 1965 and continuing in full force to this day: sometimes entire songs, sometimes single words or even the guttural spaces between words that become musical events in themselves.
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    Lord Quas's first solo 12” on Stones Throw Records samples the likes of Don Cherry, De La Soul and Common. Trademark Madlib jazz loops dominate on this classic!
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    A book of folktales about love, slavery, faith, family, race, and community, that author Zora Neale Hurston collected on her travels through the Gulf states in the late 1920s, representing a large part of the author's literary legacy and detailing African American life in the rural South. 
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    A history of various efforts to desegregate northern schools during the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, exploring two dominant themes. The first considers the role of law in accomplishing racial change. Most northern state legislatures enacted legislation after the Civil War that prohibited school segregation and most...
    In this highly entertaining work, Bill Morgan,a leading authority on the movement and a man who personally knew most of the Beats, narrates the history of these writers as primarily a social group of friends, tracing their origins together during the World War II years to the full blossoming of their notoriety in the late 1950s to their profound influence...
    For country music fans everywhere, this is a comprehensive guide to the entire spectrum of the music, from string bands and old-timey country, to new traditionalists, alternative country, and today's Nashville superstars. A wealth of great country music has been made over the course of the 20th century, but unfortunately that music hasn't always been...
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    In this masterful account, Ira Berlin, one of the nation's most distinguished historians, offers a revolutionary-and sure to be controversial-new view of African American history. In The Making of African America, Berlin challenges the traditional presentation of a linear, progressive history from slavery to freedom. Instead, he puts forth the...
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    "Relix: The Book" is the mind-bending compilation of the first 27 years of "Relix" magazine and its evolution as the place for Deadheads to meet. Interviews with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and all of the Dead's key players take the reader on the longest, strangest trip ever.
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    This was the year that saw the Beatles go supernova while Bob Dylan hightailed it to Nashville. From the Byrds, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Dead - not to mention the birth of Heavy thanks to British guitar monsters Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath - 1969 stands up as a decade-smashing anomaly in the annals...
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    Stuart Isacoff pianist, critic and teacher explores the history and evolution of the piano: how its sound provides the basis for emotional expression and individual style, why it has so powerfully entertained generation upon generation of listeners. Here is the instrument in all its complexity and beauty. Isacoff takes the reader from Mozart,...
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    Import USA Paperback edition bookA tribute to the life and achievements of the "Godfather of Soul", covering his unconventional youth in a segregated South, complicated family life, and work as a civil rights advocate and entrepreneur. 
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    A biography of one of the most respected musical arrangers in the history of American popular music. Nelson Riddle will forever be linked with the music and recordings of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, Judy Garland and others. He was also active in writing the scores for many television shows...
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    A tribute to one of the most popular jazz albums of all time: "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis. Includes transcriptions of the unedited session tapes; in-depth interviews with musicians; Columbia Records files; vintage photographs; and a foreword by the last surviving member of the band, drummer Jimmy Cobb. This piece of music history and should be of...
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    This book delves into the history of the involvement of women in jazz. It covers how women participated in the music as well as in-depth interviews, and also includes a discography of recordings by female artists.
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    This is the most comprehensive and insightful study ever published on the pioneers of electric blues guitar including the great Chicago, Mississippi Delta, Louisiana, Texas and West Coast bluesmen. Rollin' and Tumblin' offers extensive interviews with some of the world's most famous blues guitarists, and poignant profiles of historical blues...
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    Sabbathday Lake, founded in 1794, is one of the 19 original Shaker sites in America. Whilst all the other sites are now just historical re-creations, this small hamlet in Maine continues to thrive as a vital centre for the Shaker faith in the 21st century. "A Place in Time" is a stunning collection of photographs by renowned photographer Stephen Williams,...
    Sing My Way Home explores the ascendance of American roots rock and its signature artists, past and present. The book traces the movement's antecedents and profiles the visionary singer-songwriters and musicians who, over the past three decades, have made it an extraordinary, thriving genre. Every chapter includes a playlist to guide readers in downloading...
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    'Big things are happening secretly all around,' says Jack London's prescient hero Ernest Everhard in the 1908 novel "The Iron Heel," excerpted in this timely anthology of London's writings about war and revolution. Besides illuminating his surprising literary range, "The Radical Jack London" establishes the iconic American author as both a product of...
    Tasty 4 tracker of sizzling FX-tweaked house from Blank Slate. Dubwise bubblers, jazzy syncopated house, dark warehouse stompers to head down techno straddlers. One for the Moon B, L.I.E.S crew..!
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    Strictly limited edition 7" from London-based funkateers, Fresh Up Records, a label specialising in brand-new, old-sounding synth funk, Moog disco and library sounds. The Fresh Up Players are a group of session musicians recording their dusty Moog funk jams direct to analogue tape in a smoky London studio. "Blip Culture" is the kind of record Dick...
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    The Byrds were one of rock's most influential bands. Having virtually invented folk rock they went on to pioneer psychedelia and country rock, and were also the first rock band to use synthesizers. "So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star" is the day-by-day story of The Byrds, from their formation and breakthrough hit in 1965 to the brief re-union of the...
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    By turns fiercely confrontational, literate, primitive and sweetly melodic, The Velvet Underground remain one of the most influential bands in the history of rock. The ultimate cult band and the ultimate art rock experience, the VU's music and style have served as a blueprint for everyone from David Bowie to The Jesus and Mary Chain. Yet for...
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    Fantasy/Prestige orig. USA pressing 1972 album from guitarist Burrell. W/ Lennie McBrowne on drums, Joe Sample on keys and Paul Humphrey on guitar.
    • Original LP£15.00
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    Sam Rivers recorded in Europe 1979 with George Lewis, Dave Holland and Thurman Baker for ECM Records. Original vinyl
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    Heavyweight soul jazz. Original black label Prestige USA pressing. (Writing on back of cover)
    Rare latin jazz album. Original USA 1958 pressing vinyl.
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    Fantastic soul jazz. ORIGINAL USA VINYL PRESSING. Promo. RARE. (signature on back cover)
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    Original 1963 album. JJ swings with tough versions of show tunes incl. My Favourite Things and Who Will Buy? (as later covered by Jon Lucien). RARE USA ORIG. VINYL
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    To Cut A Long Story Short ...
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    Includes the killer Come Into My Life
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    Rare album - original USA pressing. Trumpeter Maynard's big band orchestra, 1963
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