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Cat: 212959 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: Best known as hip hop's finest fashion photographer for his blockbuster best-selling monograph, "Back In The Days" Shabazz revisited his archive and unearthed an exceptional collection of never-before-published documentary photographs collected for his 3rd Powerhouse Books release, "A Time Before Crack". A visual diary of the streets for NYC from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, Shabazz's distinctive photographs reveal the families, the poses, and the players who made this age extraordinary. Once upon "A Time Before Crack", inner-city communities were blighted by poverty and unemployment but not by the drug wars that tore families apart, destroying lives with needless violence and mindless addiction. Once upon "A Time Before Crack", pride and style were as inseparable as a beatbox and mixtape, or as a pair of shoes and matching purse. Once upon "A Time Before Crack", Jamel Shabazz was on the scene, working the streets of NYC capturing the faces and places of an era that have long since disappeared.
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Cat: 428425 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Chicago. A double-platinum, Grammy-winning bestseller, it lingered on the Billboard charts for more than a year and spawned three hit singles. Odd, then, that its creators saw it as an "ambitious, extended" work, the apotheosis of their anti-rock, anti-band, anti-glamour aesthetic. Populated by thirty-fi ve mostly jazz session players, Aja served up prewar song forms, mixed meters and extended solos to a generation whose idea of pop daring was Paul letting Linda sing lead once in a while. And, impossibly, it sold. Including an in-depth interview with Donald Fagen, this book paints a detailed picture of the making of a masterpiece.
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Cat: 274452 Rel: 21 Jul 07
Notes: This is a groovy little guide to all things disco - a Japanese discography that focuses on key club records from a number of different generations. As you'd guess from the title, the core focus here is the seventies - and possibly the early eighties - represented by listings of a variety of albums and other releases. The book sets out a few artist-based sections for folks like Chic, Jellybean, Jocelyn Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, and others, and also features some DJ's Choice sections, and Essential Disc Guides throughout. There's plenty here to wet your appetite, including a full colour section of rarities at the beginning, plus lots of other text and interviews in Japanese.
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Notes: 'Armin Only' is the English version of the Armin 'Road Biography' written by Coen Bom. Armin van Buuren was voted world's most popular DJ In the 'Top 100 DJ Poll' in 2008. This book takes a closer look at him in the year leading up to this important event. Across countless trips around the world, sharing and creating great music, numerous performances at interesting places and interviews with friends, parents and his manager it reveals an in-depth and personal glimpse into the life of the DJ we have all come to like and love. The wait is over. It's taken some time, but Armin van Buuren's 'on-the-road-biography', "E‚n op E‚n", has finally been translated! 'Armin Only' is the English version of the book, in collaboration with Cloud 9 Music BV and Armada. Coen Bom reports about the hectic life of one of the most popular DJs of the moment. During the process of writing 'Armin Only', Armin van Buuren received several prestigious Dutch Awards, amongst them an Edison Award, the 'Pop Prijs' and the BUMA Culture Pop Award. Bom challenged himself to dig deep in Armin's past and present to find an answer to the question 'What is the key to Armin's success?'. Friends, parents, managers and other acquaintances of Armin will all speak their mind. The book contains pictures, an overview of all of Armin's performances in 2008 and the path Armin walked to become the successful man he is right now. 'Armin Only' offers an interesting view behind all the glamour, shows and his artist status.
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out of stock $16.19
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Cat: 239801 Rel: 25 Oct 06
Notes: These lavish, 28cm x 28cm hard-back books from classic Universal artists feature around 100 pages of essays, beautiful photographs and memorabilia. One of the most influential songwriters and performers of all-time, Stevie Wonder has been making music for getting close to half a century. It is almost impossible to think of him not being there. 'At The Close Of A Century' - originally released in 1999 - offers the greatest overview of his career to date. Packaged lavishly and annotated thoughtfully, this four-CD set takes us from the rambunctious rush that was his debut single 'Fingertips' (Parts 1 and 2) through his remarkable run of 60s smashes, highlights from his 70s classic albums through to his towering ballads from the 80s and 90s. Often as irresistible as it gets, 'At The Close Of A Century' is one of the great documents in popular music.
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Cat: 212957 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: Autograf: NYC's Graffiti Writers, is a never-before-seen chronicle of the people and places that populate NYC's famed graffiti scene and features 53 portraits authentically tagged by: 323, Area, Artz, Cinik, Claw, Cope 2, Cycle, Deck, Diva, Dona, Doze, Dsense, Earsnot, Ewok, Fanta, Futura, Gen 2, Glacer, Goal, Jakee, Jest, Kaws, Kech, Lorn, KR, Kser, Lady Pink, Lase, Made, Merz, Mint, Mosco, Muk, Mynock 21, Nato, Net, Nymz, Oze 108, Peek, Pez, Rate, Rehab, Revs, Sacer, Same, Sare, Semen, Semz, Serf, Since, Stay High 149, UFO, Vfresh, Year and Zer.
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Cat: 212956 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: "Back In The Days" documents the emerging hip-hop scene from 1980-1989 before it became what is today's multi-million-dollar multinational industry. Back in the days, gangs would battle not with guns, but with breakdancing. "Back In The Days" the streets, not corporate planning, set the standards for style. "Back In The Days", Jamel Shabazz was on the scene, photographing everyday people hangin' in Harlem, kickin' it in Queens, and cold chillin' in Brooklyn. Street styling with an attitude not seen in fashion for another twenty years to come, Shabazz's subjects strike poses that put supermodels to shame, showing off Kangol caps and Gazelle glasses, shell-top Adidas and suede Pumas with fat laces, shearling coats and leather jackets, gold rope chains, door-knocker earrings, name belts, boom boxes, and other designer finery. For anyone who wants to know what "Keepin' it real" means, "Back In the Days" is the book of your dreams.
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Cat: 430279 Rel: 04 Jul 11
 
The story of the 80s indie group told by their fan (and fellow Creation artist) JC Brouchard.
Notes: Felt, the British band started by Lawrence in Birmingham, released twenty records in the 1980s on the Cherry Red and Creation labels. Hailed by the press, Felt made its mark on the independent music scene in Britain, topping the indie charts in 1985 with the "Primitive Painters" single.

In "Ballad Of The Fan", JC Brouchard chronicles the story of Felt through their records and puts it in parallel with his own experience as a fan. He first followed the band from afar, before he met up with them in England, put on their first gig in France and tagged along with them on a European tour.

JC Brouchard is the identity bestowed in 1984 upon Pol Dodu by Alan McGee, the Creation Records founder, when he made him his spiritual advisor and that of his band Biff Bang Pow! JC had his own Creation single release with Biff Bang Pow! in 1986 and was celebrated by the same band with the 1987 single "The Whole World Is Turning Brouchard!". "Ballad Of The Fan" is the first book published by the "renowned eccentric archeologist from Reims", as "Melody Maker" once put it.
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Cat: 212934 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: This is possibly one of the most colourful, graphic and beautifully put together books on Graffiti Art. Unlike most of the Graffiti Art books that are from the NYC locale, "Barcelona 1000" is set in that lovely and enigmatic city. Political as it is controversial, Barcelona is a hotbed of artistic inspiration. Just as a huge added bonus, this oversized rectangular books is accompanied by a DVD from the streets of Barcelona, giving one a first hand feel of the artwork and graffiti.
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Notes: Sanctuary Publishing presents 'Basic Effects & Processors' by Paul White.

From multi-effects units to software plug-ins, digital instruments and soundcards; effects and processors are a crucial part of modern music. Yet, even cheap units can be complicated to understand and operate.

'Basic Effects And Processors' offers in-depth explanations of all the mainstream effects and signal processing treatments, along with tips on how to use them in music production. Once you've seen how these devices work, you'll be able to use them to record and mix.
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Cat: 386920 Rel: 29 Apr 10
 
Investigating areas such as soundproofing, acoustics and monitoring, this book will help you transform your bedroom into the equivalent of a modern recording studio, and at a fraction of the price. Softback, Black & White, 187 pages.
Notes: Sanctuary Publishing presents 'Basic Home Studio Design' by Paul White. To produce a high-quality recording it's important to have the right acoustic setting. Unfortunately most home recording studios are constructed in less-than-ideal surroundings. Investigating areas such as soundproofing, acoustics and monitoring, 'Basic Home Studio Design' will help you transform your bedroom into the equivalent of a modern recording studio, and at a fraction of the price.
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Cat: 386912 Rel: 29 Apr 10
Notes: Sanctuary Publishing presents 'Basic Mastering' by Paul White.

The ultimate aim of any recording project is the mass-production of music; whether on CD, cassette, MiniDisc or any of the other media available to the modern recording artist. It is important, therefore, to have the best possible recording in the first place.

'Basic Mastering' shows you how to master and edit your music so that you end up with a product that would look at home in any record store.
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Cat: 386921 Rel: 29 Apr 10
Notes: Sanctuary Publishing presents 'Basic Microphones' by Paul White.

No matter how sophisticated computers or synthesisers become, the recording of a 'real' sound always starts with a microphone. The problem is that, unlike the human ear, there is no single microphone that is ideal for all jobs.

'Basic Microphones' teaches you how the different types of microphones work, which types are best suited to each job, and how best to use them in a recording situation.
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Cat: 386914 Rel: 29 Apr 10
Notes: Sanctuary Publishing presents 'Basic Mixing Techniques' by Paul White.

In music recording the quality of a mix is every bit as important as the quality of the performance, and potential hit singles have been ruined by poor mixing.

'Basic Mixing Techniques' blows the lid off the secrets of mixing and explains - in easy and illustrated terms - how you can create a professional-quality recording with even the most basic equipment.
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Cat: 386916 Rel: 29 Apr 10
Notes: Sanctuary Publishing present the Basic Sampling by Paul White.

Smpling is the most pervasive of music production techniques and has redefined how songs are written & made. This easy-to-follow guide covers all aspects of the sampling process, including choosing hardware equipment and software programs, setting up a smaple-capable recording system, sourcing and editing samples and integrating them into your music.

In short, the Basic Sampling provides a comprehensive and ready-to-go smapling solution.
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Cat: 386918 Rel: 29 Apr 10
Notes: Sanctuary Publishing presents 'Basic VST Effects' by Paul White.

The days of the rack-mounted reverb unit or dirt smeared fuzzbox are gone. With the development of Steinberg's virtual studio technology, you can now recreate every classic effect, from distortion to delay, using just a home computer. 'Basic VST Effects' provides an essential, user friendly insight into recreating classic effects with the minimum of cabling, using your home computer.
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Notes: There are limited copies of this dope book that features hip-hop producers and their studios from around the globe. Featuring: Cut Chemist, Da Beatminerz, Dan the Automater, DJ Design, E Swift, Farma G, J Dilla, Jehst, Kutmasta Kurt, Madlib, The Nextmen, DJ Premier, Nu-Mark, DJ Shadow, DJ Spinna, Young Einstein and more.
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out of stock $34.41
Notes: For the first time ever, all the recordings made by Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh have been compiled into a definitive discography which details each track - identifying all the singers and musicians, engineers, producers, studios, master tape information, matrix numbers of all the seven-inch records, plus the actual recording dates of each song. There is a great deal of background information included as well, based on more than 64 hours of interviews that the authors conducted with Bunny Wailer, during which time they played every song the Wailers ever made and got the full story of each. The book is an absolute must-have for every serious collector of Bob Marley and the Wailers, containing a treasure trove of new anecdotal information that even the most casual Wailers fan will find of great value. The book also contains stunning photographs by Kate Simon.
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Cat: 368450 Rel: 16 Oct 09
 
The 'Boy's Own' fanzine was, as Andy Weatherall put it, 'The village newspaper of acid house'. Boy's Own was Andy Weatherall, Terry Farley, Steve Hall, Steve Mayes and Cymon Eckel (black & white photos, 439 pages, hardback)
Notes: 'The Complete Fanzines: Acid House Scrapes & Capers' is published by DJ History. The 'Boy's Own' fanzine was, as Andy Weatherall put it, 'The village newspaper of acid house'. Started in 1986, they documented the revolution in youth culture that took London from the snootiness of rare groove to the all-in craziness of acid house. Put together by a bunch of cultural hooligans from Slough and Windsor, Boy's Own gave a voice to the suburban soulboy and the 'casual' culture of the terraces, reporting in hilarious detail the tunes, the fashions, the slang and the parties. Boy's Own was Andy Weatherall, Terry Farley, Steve Hall, Steve Mayes and Cymon Eckel; plus a lengthy cast of illustrious contributors include Paul Oakenfold (who wrote the very first Balearic feature anywhere), Norman Jay, Chris Sullivan and all the key figures of acid house. In passing, Boy's Own also became world-famous DJs, sowed the seeds for lads'-mag journalism, founded a label that defined British house, invented raving in a field... and popularised the bouncy castle.
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Cat: 422663 Rel: 04 Apr 11
Notes: Ween now seems like a permanent fixture on the pop-cultural landscape, but when the band first hit MTV in the early '90s, their longevity wasn't so secure. Nearly two decades on, though, Aaron Gene Ween Freeman and Mickey Dean Ween Melchiondo preside over one of the most devoted cult fan bases in American music. So how exactly did Ween manage to transcend joke-band oblivion? One answer is that, in the years following their MTV breakthrough, Ween gradually polished their output, turning their staunchly primitive musical sketches into hi-fi paintings. Chocolate and Cheese, released in 1994, marked Freeman and Melchiondo's first crucial steps in this direction. Based on new, in-depth interviews with both members of Ween, as well as producer Andrew Weiss and associates ranging from Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) to Spike Jonze, this book explores the song-by-song creation of Chocolate and Cheese and how the album served as a bridge between Ween's original two-guys-and-a-4-track incarnation and the rich, virtuosic rock & roll force they would later become.
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out of stock $11.13
Cat: 372285 Rel: 20 Nov 09
Notes: As part of their successful 'Rare Mod' series, Acid Jazz have once again turned their hand to book publishing with 'Circles: The Strange Story Of The Fleur De Lys', Britain's Forgotten Soul Band. Following on from the number one bestselling biography of the Small Faces by Paolo Hewitt, this time, as a companion to the forthcoming Fleur De Lys EP 'The Two Sides of The Fleur de Lys' the label shines a light on one of the legendary and perhaps most unsung mod bands of the 1960s. The book charts the Southampton group's journey from humble beginnings to becoming the first British band signed to Atlantic Records. Hits with Sharon Tandy as well as their astronomic version of The Who's 'Circles' and their own psyche masterpiece 'Mud In Your Eye' (both of which sell for well over £600) have earned The Fleur de Lys their rightful place in the mod pantheon. Authors Paul Anderson and Damian Jones have interviewed every surviving member and tell a fascinating story of sublime talent, missed chances and mismanaged business opportunities. Names like Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Aretha Franklin and The Who weave in and out of the story and the result is a must for 60s fans, soulboy and mods as well as anyone with an interest in youth culture.
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out of stock $10.11
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Cat: 239793 Rel: 25 Oct 06
Notes: These lavish, 28cm x 28cm hard-back books from classic Universal artists feature around 100 pages of essays, beautiful photographs and memorabilia. The Jam was the most popular and successful band to rise from the British punk and new wave scene of the late-seventies. 'Direction, Reaction, Creation' is the definitive Jam collection - a stunning set, featuring 117 tracks across five discs. This set presents the band's complete studio recordings in chronological order and includes all the singles and B-sides with many rarities and demo recordings. A lavish book accompanies the set with extensive liner notes, complete gig list, band chronology and discography. Also featuring many rare photos and memorabilia, it is the ultimate gift for any Jam fan.
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Cat: 411217 Rel: 15 Nov 10
 
Book of teaching strategies and approach to DJing, with in-depth interviews, step-by-step photos and audio CD (288 pages, paperback, black & white/colour)
Notes: DJ Skills: The Essential Guide to Mixing & Scratching is the most comprehensive, up to date approach to DJing ever produced. With insights from top club, mobile, and scratch DJs, the book includes many teaching strategies developed in the Berklee College of Music prototype DJ lab.

From scratching and mixing skills to the latest trends in DVD and video mixing this book gives you access to all the tools, tips and techniques you need. Topics like hand position are taught in a completely new way, and close-up photos of famous DJ's hands are featured. As well as the step-by-step photos the book includes an audio CD to demonstrate techniques. This book is perfect for intermediate and advanced DJs looking to improve their skills in both the analogue and digital domain.

* In-depth interviews with the best DJ's for their genre offering insight, tips and techniques
* Covers the hottest new trends- DVD video mixing, effects, computerised DJ
* CD with audio samples features US National DCM champion DJ Perseus to demonstrate techniques
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out of stock $18.21
Cat: 428417 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: The Pixies have had a career unlike any other in alternative rock, disappearing as not-quite-the-next-big-things only to become gods in absentia. Doolittle is their knotty masterpiece, the embodiment of the Pixies abrasive, exuberant, enigmatic pop. Informed by exclusive interviews with the band, Sisario looks at the making of the album and its place in rock history, and studies its continued influence in light of the Pixies triumphant reunion.
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Notes: This is a guidebook to groovy music - put together by one of the grooviest Japanese DJs. Sunaga T really opens up his crate with this one, presenting a wide range of albums from around the globe, all brought together for their appeal to fans of the modern groove. The tome offers up rare jazz, Brazilian, Latin, vocal, soul, and soundtrack sides, all laid out in a format that offers a cover image, artist, label, date, and title information in English, plus some more text in Japanese. Even cooler, though, is that each album is scored along an axis of traits, showing how it scores in terms of BPM, groove, ore record, and rarity!
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out of stock $30.36
Cat: 211957 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: Hip-hop is huge, and it's time someone wrote it all down. With more than 25 years of interviews, and virtually every hip-hop single, remix, and album ever recorded at their disposal, the highly respected Ego Trip staff are the ones to do it. Their "Book Of Rap Lists" runs the gamut of hip-hop information, breaking it down into chapters on art, lyrics, production, fashion, names, performances, etc. This is an exhaustive, indispensable and completely irreverent bible of true hip-hip knowledge.
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out of stock $15.18
Cat: 211960 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: Enamelized is a book about down and dirty graffiti in the streets! This lush international survey looks at what's really happening in the urban graffiti scene, not in the galleries, art schools and computer labs. Enamelized features the diverse and unique styles of urban graffiti bombers and the full spectrum of graffiti from the quickly executed tag to full colour pieces displayed in the context of the urban environment. Over 250 pieces of graffiti from around the world including Brazil, Denmark Holland, Canada, England and Germany are brilliantly reproduced in full colour. One section printed on special Kraft paper focuses on the profusion of graffiti in and around Philadelphia.
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out of stock $13.15
Cat: 428423 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: What resonated about Endtroducing when it was released in 1996, and what makes it still resonate today, is the way in which it loosens itself from the mooring of the known and sails off into an uncharted territory that seems to exist both in and out of time. Josh Davis is not only a master sampler and turntablist supreme, he is also a serious archeologist with a world-thirsty passion (what Cut Chemist refers to as Josh's "spidey sense") for seeking out, uncovering and then ripping apart the discarded graces of some other generation that "pile of broken dreams" and weaving them back together into a tapestry of chronic bleakness and beauty. Over the course of several long conversations with Josh Davis (DJ Shadow), we learn about his early years in California, the friends and mentors who helped him along the way, his relationship with Mo'Wax and James Lavelle, and the genesis and creation of his widely acknowledged masterpiece, Endtroducing.
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out of stock $7.08
Fades (book + DVD)
Cat: 281272 Rel: 08 Sep 07
Notes: Fades is another incredible object of desire from the Raster Noton camp, housing a DVD inside a spectacular book/catalogue that's produced with all the aesthetic might that has typified this label from the start. The DVD contains a video installation for a specifically designed environment where ultra fine sprays of mist are introduced into a space in which the white light of Nicolai's projection manifests itself. These fades move in synchrony to the sound creating a variety of shapes and structures based on linear and logarithmic wave modulations. The main focus does not lie on the image projected, but on the light beam itself, which becomes a three-dimensional sculpture. Sounds complex and academic - but the end result is truly breathtaking. The gorgeous 128 page book compiles over 50 incredible stills from the source movie of "Fades" along with some installation views and the text inside the black box by Daniel Klemm. The DVD includes the source movie of "Fades" as stereo or 5.1 version. Highly recommended!
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out of stock $42.51
Notes: A photographic mapping of the places in the story of Joy Division and their singer Ian Curtis and the space he left behind. With contributions from people who knew him, worked with him, or were just inspired by him and the music the band created.
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out of stock $26.32
Notes: Snowboy? Author... Conguero... Rockabilly... anything else? To say that the author of the highly anticipated 'From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene' is unique would be an understatement. Mark Cotgrove aka Snowboy, is a son of Southend-On-Sea, a jazz-man, a soulboy who dresses like a rockabilly - quiff - biker boots and all, who maintains a global reputation as an Afro Cuban percussionist, bandleader, DJ, club promoter, music critic and journalist. Snowboy has spent the last 10 years putting together this amazing 300 page book which, through 200+ interviews, documents the UK's unique Jazz Dance scene from the seventies to the mid-nineties. This is a labour of love dedicated to the dancers and the DJs he's grown up alongside on the dancefloors of clubs all over the UK, like The Goldmine, Electric Ballroom, Berlin and The Wag. As a musician, Snowboy was pivotal in the UK Acid Jazz scene. He has released 15 albums and 20 singles in a career that spans over 25 years and has taken him and his authentic Afro-Cuban sound to concert stages all over the world. A World-leader in Afro-related History, Music and Art. Professor Robert Farris Thompson of Yale University states in his 'Foreward' to the book: "Shakespeare himself, who once poked fun at over-elegance in favour of direct Anglo Saxon, would have been proud of this lad. In sum, the cultural significance of the text is immense. It is a classic in the field of dance and music."
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Notes: Raw, brazen and totally intense, "Fucked Up & Photocopied" is a collection of frenetic flyers produced for the American punk scene between 1977 and 1985. Many were created by the musicians themselves and demonstrate the emphasis within the punk scene on individuality and the manic urge of its members to create things new. Images were compiled out of whatever material could be found, often photocopied and, still warm, stapled to the nearest telephone pole to warn the world about next week's gig. One glance and you can sense the fury of live performances by bands such as Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys and The Minutemen, and, through the subtext the reader is exposed to the psyche of a generation of musicians stripped bare: The Germs, J.F.A, NOFX, X, The Circle Jerks, Devo, The Exploited, The Screamers, The Cramps, The Dils, The Avengers and more.
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Notes: A 60 page full colour manga comic book by Hyst (aka S. Verstraete), and vocals from story from Abraxxxas (Gab) and Audictive
(Aymeric). Plus a cd from various Free Minded artists. Everything is there for a pure travel into the sci-fi world on Hecaton, year
2070. Where two twin brothers 'Ethan' the Gangster and 'Demian' the Hacker play 'Hyde & Sick' with the 'Techno-Government'.
This project took 2 years to come out. All the IOT family and friends took part in it. A very important project and a beautiful subject
- enjoy ;-]
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Grunge (book)
Cat: 369087 Rel: 05 Oct 09
Notes: Presenting 'Grunge' by Thurston Moore & Michael Lavine. Moore writes about the discovery of Seattle punk youth, the seminal bands that defined the movement, the exploitation of the subculture, & the backlash of grunge, as well as the death of his longtime collaborator & intimate Cobain.
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Notes: Indepth and comprehensive Japan only Straight Jazz Guidebook covering Europe, USA and Japan from late 1950's jazz up to present day labels like Ricky Tick and the Deja Vu with full artist index. Full Japanese text with allbum sleeve pictures and full tracklistings of each album reviewed. An excellent jazz information source with additional Japanese text interviews with Gilles Peterson, Ricky Tick & Paolo Scotti.
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Cat: 212945 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: Martha Cooper's 'Hip Hop Files' is a really must have for not only anyone that's interested in hip hop as a culture or how it emerged as a lifestyle in the 80s. Spanning a 5 year period from 1979 - 1984, Martha captures the spirit and the scene beautifully with her photos broken down in photo chapters, 'Hip Hop Files' chronicles all aspects of the urban scene of that period, from The B Boys to the MCs, the Downtown scene of the Roxy and Danceteria, The Media, The Style and who cannot mention, Graffiti Art. The commentary and blurps are priceless, as is this book, which you'll find yourself, as I have, looking at it for countless hours.
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Notes: 'Hold On To Your Dreams' is the first biography of the musician and composer Arthur Russell, one of the most important but least known contributors to New York's downtown music scene during the 1970s and 1980s. With the exception of a few dance recordings, including 'Is It All Over My Face?' and 'Go Bang! #5', Russell's pioneering music was largely forgotten until the posthumous release of two albums in 2004 triggered a revival of interest, which gained momentum with the issue of additional albums and the documentary film 'Wild Combination'. Based on interviews with more than seventy of his collaborators, family members, and friends, 'Hold On To Your Dreams' provides vital new information about this singular, eccentric musician and his role in the boundary-breaking downtown music scene. Tim Lawrence traces Russell's odyssey from his hometown of Oskaloosa, Iowa; to countercultural San Francisco; and eventually to New York, where he lived from 1973 until his death from AIDS-related complications in 1992. Resisting definition while dreaming of commercial success, Russell wrote and performed new wave and disco as well as quirky rock, twisted folk, voice-cello dub, and hip-hop inflected pop. Composer Philip Glass comments that he was way ahead of other people in understanding that the walls between concert music, popular music and the avant-garde were illusory: 'He lived in a world in which those walls weren't there'. Lawrence follows Russell across musical genres and through such vital downtown music spaces as the Kitchen, the Loft, the Gallery, the Paradise Garage, and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. Along the way, he captures Russell's openness to sound, his commitment to collaboration, and his uncompromising idealism. Tim Lawrence leads the Music Culture: Theory and Production degree program at the University of East London. He is the author of 'Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979', also published by Duke University Press.

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Notes: Christopher R Weingarten provides a thrilling account of how the Bomb Squad produced such a singular-sounding record: engineering, sampling, scratching, constructing, deconstructing, reconstructing even occasionally stomping on vinyl that sounded too clean. Using production techniques that have never been duplicated, the Bomb Squad plundered and reconfigured their own compositions to make frenetic splatter collages; they played samples by hand together in a room like a rock band to create a not quite right tension; they hand-picked their samples from only the ugliest squawks and sirens.

Weingarten treats the samples used on Nation Of Millions as molecules of a greater whole, slivers of music that retain their own secret histories and folk traditions. Can the essence of a hip-hop record be found in the motives, emotions and energies of the artists it samples? Is it likely that something an artist intended 20 years ago would re-emerge anew? This is a compelling and thoroughly researched investigation that tells the story of one of hip-hop's landmark albums.
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Notes: Rittor brings you Koko Hanagawa's & Yusuke Ogawa's 'Japanese Jazz 1950s to 1980s'; an essential resource for fans of rare jazz albums - an ultra-cool discography that's done in the same style as other Japanese books on American music - but which focuses on rare bits from Japan. Like other volumes of this type, this one specifically selects the coolest of the cool - really standout records from some of the best decades in Japanese jazz. Each title is presented with a full colour cover image, original date, song titles, and personnel, although some of the last two pieces of information is in Japanese, given the origin of the material. The authors are right on the money in their choices as they've picked some of the best hardbop, soul jazz, funky fusion, and other styles from Japan, with some especially wonderful bits from the 60s and 70s. The book features sections on modern jazz, jazz rock, fusion, vocal, bossa nova, and lounge rarities from Japan and features a few hundred records in all. And, if you're not the type that shells out big cash for rare records, the book even indicates if you can find the title on CD. 229 pages, softcover.
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Notes: A great issue of the Jazz Critique magazine, one that features a wealth of rare records from the Japanese jazz scene of the fifties and sixties. The first part of the issue is done in discographical form at a level that features cover images, song titles, dates, and personnel for dozens of totally great rare grooves from Japan. Text is all in Japanese, as it is in the rest of the magazine, but as with other Japanese discographies, there's plenty here to hip you to some really great records.
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Notes: This special edition of the Japanese Jazz Critique journal is a treasure trove of information about the great Blue Note label. The book (which is over 500 pages long!) lists each individual Blue Note album in numerical order, complete with full information on the players, session, titles, and dates - plus a small reproduction of the original cover! The book lists everything, from the early 10" LPs to the 70's ltd series and the rare Japanese-only releases! The book also includes a lot of writing in Japanese, but there's plenty of other visual goodies to make up for what you can't read - like colour photos of the covers, rare photos from sessions, and lots more.
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Notes: This book presents a great overview of female jazz vocalists - starting with the classics, but also featuring a wide range of obscure singers as well. The book is set up like a dictionary, with alphabetic sections on each singer. The bigger artists get a full feature, with notes in Japanese, and key album pictured, but the best bits are the smaller artists, revealing hidden treasures for crate diggers.
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Cat: 386213 Rel: 26 Mar 10
Notes: Whatever happened to the record shops? Not long ago every town had one. Between 2004 and 2008 independent record shops were closing at a rate of one every three days. 'Last Shop Standing' looked if it was going to be an obituary to these great institutions. This new updated version, featuring lots of new anecdotes, looks at 2009: the year the record store fought back. With initiatives like Record Store Day, which attracted the support of artists all over the world, record shops staged the biggest and best comeback since Ali v Foreman.

New shops started sprouting up everywhere and vinyl sales rose by 33%. Graham Jones' 'Last Shop Standing' tells the story of Record Store Day and also lists all shops that have taken part. 'Last Shop Standing' features messages of support for independent record shops from Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Joe Satriani, Damon Albarn and Chuck Berry amongst many others. This book champions the great characters that run record shops and explains to the public the problems they have faced. Graham also explains why he believes the record shops who have survived have a real future and why the public must support them.

The author, Graham Jones has worked at the heart of the record industry since the golden 1980s. He was there during the fruitful retail years and has witnessed the tragic decline of a business blighted by corruption and corporate greed. Jones has collected a wealth of entertaining stories that explain why the best are still standing, and how the worst of them blew it.

Featuring a new Introduction by Spencer Hickman (Rough Trade) and an additional chapter written by Michael Kurtz, the founder of Record Store Day.
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Cat: 428431 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: This epoch-making indie record of the early '90s effortlessly combines dense swathes of guitar noise and dance music. This turned out to be their last record, guitarist and studio maestro Kevin Shields having set their standards so high it was impossible to surpass them. Indeed such was the perfectionism that went towards this record, studio costs almost bankrupted Alan McGee's Creation Records - only bailed out by the success of Oasis! Shields is now playing with Primal Scream. Includes the classics Loomer, Soon and To Here Knows When.
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Cat: 428424 Rel: 01 Jan 90
Notes: "One day I blew my nose and half my brains came out." Los Angeles, 1976. David Bowie is holed up in his Bel-Air mansion, drifting into drug-induced paranoia and confusion. Obsessed with black magic and the Holy Grail, he's built an altar in the living room and keeps his fingernail clippings in the fridge. There are occasional trips out to visit his friend Iggy Pop in a mental institution. His latest album is the cocaine-fuelled Station To Station (Bowie: "I know it was recorded in LA because I read it was"), which welds R&B rhythms to lyrics that mix the occult with a yearning for Europe, after three mad years in the New World. Bowie has long been haunted by the angst-ridden, emotional work of the Die Brucke movement and the Expressionists. Berlin is their spiritual home, and after a chaotic world tour, Bowie adopts this city as his new sanctuary. Immediately he sets to work on Low, his own expressionist mood-piece.
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Notes: The photos in this book are by Jannett Beckman, who perfectly captures punk at the beginning with her legendary portraits. This is the essence of late 20th Century pop culture. The books show all too well how the industry has changed and evolved from scruffy back rooms and clubs to the image conscious, ultra marketed and packaged music of now. With a foreword by Paul Smith and essays by Vivien Goldman and Paolo Hewitt, "Made In The UK" explores all the underground heroes and highlight their influence on today's music scene.
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Cat: 239795 Rel: 25 Oct 06
Notes: These lavish, 28cm x 28cm hard-back books from classic Universal artists feature around 100 pages of essays, beautiful photographs and memorabilia. From 'Fall Out' to 'Don't Stand So Close To Me 86', 'Message In A Box' contains every single song the Police ever recorded between 1977 and 1986, remastered in stunning digital clarity. It features a stunning book that includes an interesting, often humorous, biography, a time line, and notes from Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland regarding the rarities that appear on this collection. Also including songs that only appeared on soundtracks, 'Message In A Box' is a handsome tribute to one of new wave's most innovative bands.
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Cat: 253627 Rel: 24 Jan 07
Notes: "Graffiti At Its Best" invites the reader to peer beneath the covers and into the pages of the black books of some of the world's top graffiti writers. Usually reserved for a small personal of fellow graf heads, these sketches are now available for the hungry eyes of those looking to explore the processes and skills behind the art of the streets. From improvisational, off-the-cuff sketches, scribbles and outlines to more intricately conceived and executed pieces, this book demonstrate how writers work out their ideas for dynamic letter construction on paper.
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Notes: When they were creating and releasing their most influential albums in the mid to late 1970s, Kraftwerk were far from the musical mainstream - and yet it is impossible now to imagine the history of popular music without them. Today, Kraftwerk are considered to be an essential part of pop's DNA, alongside artists like the Beatles, the Velvet Underground, and Little Richard. Kraftwerk's immediate influence might have been on a generation of synth-based bands (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, the Human League, Depeche Mode, Yello, et al), but their influence on the emerging dance culture in urban America has proved longer lasting and more decisive. This collection of original essays looks at Kraftwerk - their legacy and influence - from a variety of angles, and demonstrates persuasively and coherently that however you choose to define their art, it's impossible to underestimate the ways in which it predicted and shaped the future.
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Cat: 278115 Rel: 28 Aug 07
Notes: "Musica Moderna: An Indepth Look At Brazilian Music" is a Japanese text book with hundreds of album sleeve pictures and illustrations on Brazilian associated music from MPB to Samba to Funk Carioca.
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