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Boogie Man (paperback edition)

'You're the funkiest man alive.' Miles Davis' accolade was the perfect expression of John Lee Hooker's apotheosis as blues superstar: recording with the likes of Van Morrison, Keith Richards and...


Can't Be Satisfied (paperback edition)

Muddy Waters was the greatest blues musician ever, and the most influential. He invented electric blues, inspired the Rolling Stones and created the template for the rock 'n' roll band...


Somebody to Love? (paperback edition)

A candid autobiography of the great rock diva of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, revealing her wild life at the forefront of the Sixties and Seventies counterculture. She has been...


Reckless Daughter: A Joni Mitchell Anthology (hardback edition)

Reckless Daughter collects some of the most incisive commentary on Joni Mitchell's music - and some of the most candid conversations she has had with journalists during her long career....


Moanin' At Midnight (paperback edition)

One of the greatest artists the blues ever produced, Howlin' Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood six foot three, weighed almost three hundred pounds, wore size...


Sundog: Selected Lyrics (hardback edition)

Scott Walker is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant, serious and intelligent of artists today. As one of the greatest lyricists of the 20th century and front man of globally...

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Lexicon Devil : The Short Life and Fast Times of Darby Crash and the Germs (paperback edition)

"Lexicon Devil is, pure and simple, the finest volume on punk to have seen the light of print. (Yes, folks: that includes Please Kill Me.) Great book!"--Richard Meltzer 

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We Sing a New Language: The Oral Discography of Thurston Moore (paperback edition)

As one of Sonic Youth's founder members Thurston Moore has been acknowledged as a crucial forefather of the alternative rock scene of the past 30 years. Moore has also created...

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Mute: A Visual Document from 1978 to Tomorrow (hardback edition)

'You don't have to be a musician; all you need are the ideas and you can come up with something interesting.' - Daniel Miller, founder of Mute Records. Mute is one...


Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith (paperback edition)

The only way to appreciate the legendary Mark E Smith is to encounter the man in his own words. The Fall are one of the most distinctive British bands ever,...

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Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy (paperback edition)

A Guardian, Sunday Times, Mojo, Daily Telegraph and Observer Book of the Year. As the sixties dream faded, a new flamboyant movement electrified the world: GLAM! In Shock and Awe,...

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The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes (paperback edition)

A Special Edition with a New Introduction and an Updated Discography This is Greil Marcus' acclaimed book on the secret music made by Bob Dylan and the Band in 1967,...


The Mudd Club (softcover edition)

"I was a Long Island kid that graduated college in 1976 and moved to Greenwich Village. Two years later, I was working The Mudd Club door. Standing outside, staring at...

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Buy or Die! Ralph Records Artworks 1972-2015

Goodfellas present Buy Or Die! Ralph Records Artworks 1972-2015, the first ever book of its kind on the history of the artwork of The Residents and their label Ralph Records....


Punk Aesthetics and New Folk (paperback edition)

Joanna Newsom, Will Oldham (a.k.a. 'Bonnie Prince Billy'), and Devendra Banhart are perhaps the best known of a generation of independent artists who use elements of folk music in contexts...


Soundtrack From Twin Peaks (paperback edition)

When Twin Peaks debuted on the ABC network on the night of April 8, 1990, thirty-five million viewers tuned in to some of the most unusual television of their lives....

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Patti Smith: Collected Lyrics 1970-2015 (hardback edition)

2015 updated edition. Initially published in 1998, Patti Smith's Complete Lyrics was a testimony to her uncompromising poetic power. Now, on the fortieth anniversary of the release of Horses, Smith's...


Art Sex Music (paperback edition)

Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the...

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A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism (hardback edition)

A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism offers a spirited introduction to the life and work of this legendary but underappreciated musician, composer, and poet. Paul...

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Antarctica: An Absent Presence (hardback book with 2CDs)

This beautiful volume of soundscape compositions, images and words from Australian sound artist Philip Samartzis is an invitation to share in a remarkable journey of enquiry. Antarctica is a paradox...

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