Stevie Wonder By John Swenson

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    Great pics and bio!

    Other Releases by Stevie Wonder

    Stevie WonderSongs In The Key Of LifeUniversal

    One of his best ever albums. Essential. From "Black Man" and "Pastime Paradise" to "I Wish" and "As" this album is with good reason regarded as one of the most important landmark releases ever - not just of Stevie Wonder but from anyone! Seriously seminal stuff!

    • – Contusion
    • – I Wish
    • – Black Man
    • – As
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    Stevie WonderTalking Book (1972)Motown

    Essential album, the first from Stevie's early 70's trilogy, the others being "Innervisions" and "Fulfillingness". Includes "Superstition" and "Maybe Your Baby".

    • – Tuesday Heartbreak
    • – Superstition
    • – Big Brother
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    Stevie WonderFulfillingness' First Finale (1974)Motown

    Grammy winning album of the year, following on from "Innervisions", and the third and final chapter in his early 70s trilogy. Deep, reflective and absorbing, it really doesn't get any better...

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      Stevie WonderFree (1989)Motown

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      • – Free
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      Stevie WonderInnervisions (1973)Tamla

      Perhaps the best album from Stevie Wonder!

      Classic Margouleff and Cecil production. Every track's a winner!

      Superb mid-70s space age psychedelic soul!

      You need this - simple as that!

      • – Too High
      • – Higher Ground
      • – Don't You Worry Bout A Thing
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      Stevie WonderRay Fox-CummingWyndham
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        Stevie WonderOriginal Musiquarium 1Motown

        This 16-song set presents the hits Wonder scored after he negotiated artistic control for himself in the 1970s. A classic '70s hits collection includes Superstition; Living for the City; You Haven't Done Nothin'; Higher Ground; Sir Duke; Master Blaster (Jammin'); That Girl; Isn't She Lovely; Do I Do; Boogie On Reggae Woman; I Wish; Send One Your Love and more. ESSENTIAL

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          Stevie WonderMusic Of My Mind (1972)Motown

          Essential album featuring so many must have tracks. 'Superwoman', 'I Love Every Little Thing About You', 'Keep On Running', 'Evil' and more!

          • – Superwoman
          • – Evil
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          A History of the Jamaican Recording IndustryBook One: The Birth of Ska 'From Mento to Studio One'

          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!


          '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).

          This is a limited-edition book, DO NOT MISS OUT!

            Mars by 1980 - The Story of Electronic MusicBy David Stubbs

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            'Mars by 1980' is written by the very groovy David Stubbs, author of the classic book about German Rock ('Future Days') as well as - more importantly - sleevenotes to our own Deutsche Electronische Musik albums!

            From the beginnings of electronic music in the world of avant-classical composition, up to the cosmic funk of Stevie Wonder, Giorgio Moroder and others, on to 80s pioneers and a current trawl through underground electronic music this book is the bomb!

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              TrikstaBy Nik Cohn

              Original secondhand US hardback book w/dustjacket in good condition

                Fashion: Examining Pop CultureMonika Bolino

                Original secondhand hardback book, stickers on cover. Nice hard to find out of print book!

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                  Collectible original a4 small book on Japan (the group not the country!) in good condition

                    Politics in Brazil 1930-1964Thomas E. Skidmore

                    Original secondhand hardback book w/dustjacket in good condition, name of previous owner stamped on side

                      128 Beats Per MinuteBy Diplo

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                        Out of print original secondhand book in good condition

                          Road to HavanaGreta Kirkwood Andresen

                          Cuba in photographs. Secondhand original hardback book in good condition

                            Brazil in the SixtiesRiordan Roett

                            Original secondhand hardback book w/no dustjacket ex-library

                              MacumbaSerge Bramly

                              Excellent book on deep Brazilian Macumba. Original secondhand out of print paperback in good condition

                                Just Above My Headby James Baldwin

                                'This is the work of a born storyteller at the height of his powers' Edmund White, Washington Post

                                When Arthur Montana, world-renowned 'Emperor of Soul', is found dead in a London pub, his grief-stricken brother looks back over thirty years in the lives of their group of friends: from their childhood spent preaching and singing in Harlem churches, to their struggles with war and poverty, and their encounters with wealth, love and fame.

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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!

                                  Absolutely stunning book documenting Don Cherry's musical and personal world in Europe - really one of the best books we have seen! So full of details and stunning ephemera, text and more! REALLY GOOD BOOK!


                                  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

                                    1971 collection, original hardback book w/dustjacket, ex-library w/stamps

                                      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

                                            Cajun style - secondhand out of print paperback cookery book in good condition

                                              BartókPaul Griffiths

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                                                KrikorPectineus / Pectoralis Minor

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                                                Super moody white label from KRIKOR with hand-stamped label/hand-stamped sleeve 7" ONLY available here!

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