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    Superb hardback 188-page book with loads of text, photos, artefacts, record labels etc written by Noel Hawks.

    With contributions and quotes from (wait for it): King Jammy, Bunny Lee, Dennis Alcapone, Bob Marley, Paul Khouri, Graeme Goodall, Horace Andy, Burning Spear, Augustus Pablo, Marcia Griffiths, Jojo Hookim, Derrick Harriott and many many more!

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    'An absolutely crucial survey of the origins of the Jamaican music industry replete with chapter and verse quotes from many of the pivotal movers and shakers.

    "A wealth of new information, expertly marshalled: this is a book whose time has come!" STEVE BARROW (Rough Guide to Reggae).

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                            Organic music SocietiesDon Cherry BLANK FORMS


                            DELAYED - WE ARE EXPECTING COPIES END OF THIS WEEK est. Fri 13th August and will ship as soon as they arrive

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                            500 pages! Over 200 photos!

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                            Jazz icon Don Cherry and textile artist Moki Cherry (née Karlsson) met in Sweden in the late sixties. They began to live and perform together, dubbing their mix of communal art, social and environmentalist activism, children’s education, and pan-ethnic expression “Organic Music.”

                            Organic Music Societies highlights models for collectivism and pedagogy deployed in the Cherrys’ interpersonal and artistic work through the presentation of archival documents alongside newly translated and commissioned writings by musicians, scholars, and artists alike.

                            Covering Don Cherry's ensembles during his Sweden years and beyond. Two selections of Moki’s unpublished writings—consisting of autobiography, observations, illustrations, and diary entries, as well as poetry and aphorisms—are framed by tributes from her daughter Neneh Cherry and granddaughter Naima Karlsson.

                            Swedish Cherry collaborator Christer Bothén contributes period travelogues from Morocco, Mali, and New York, providing insight into the cross-cultural communication that would soon come to be called “world music.” The collection also features several previously unpublished interviews with Don. Also here is a an interview with Terry Riley.

                            Taken together, the texts, artwork, and abundant photographs collected in Organic Music Societiesshine a long overdue spotlight on Don and Moki’s prescient and collaborative experiments in the art of living.

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                              Breaklight - Anthology of Caribbean PoetryAndrew Salkey

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                                Stardust: The David Bowie Storyby Henry & Tony Zanetta
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                                  House RulesEric Reese

                                  Secondhand paperback in good condition

                                    Cajun QuickJude W. Theriot

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                                      Mandy's Favourite Louisiana RecipesNatalie V. Scott

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                                          KrikorPectineus / Pectoralis Minor

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                                          Miss Peggy Lee: An AutobiographyPeggy Lee

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