Music: History, Surveys & Theory



Buddy Esquire: King of the Hip Hop Flyer Edited by Johan Kugelberg. Known as the "King of the Flyer," Buddy Esquire was the premier show flyer artist in the Bronx during the earliest days of hip hop. Combining influences ranging from Bronx Art Deco architecture to superhero >>more
Sinecure Books
ISBN 9781938265068
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Hbk, 8.5 x 10.75 in. / 320 pgs / illustrated throughout.
Pub Date: 02/27/2018 | Forthcoming
Damn Son Where Did You Find This? By Tobias Hansson, Michael Thorsby. Damn Son Where Did You Find This? is the first book ever to focus on the cover art of the modern US hip hop CD mixtape. From the bootleg recordings of Kool Herc in the >>more
Koenig Books
ISBN 9783863359775
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Hbk, 8 x 11 in. / 148 pgs / illustrated throughout.
Pub Date: 02/28/2017 | Awaiting stock
Dirty Ear Report #1 Text by Zeynep Bulut, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Ole Frahm, Anja Kanngieser, et al. Dirty Ear Report offers a new platform for sonic research, in which leading sound artists and theorists gather to discuss radio art, field recording, noise, real-time work, voice and site-specific sound. This issue includes >>more
Errant Bodies Press
ISBN 9780988937550
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Pbk, 7.25 x 9.5 in. / 80 pgs / 5 b&w.
Pub Date: 10/25/2016 | In stock
Dirty Ear Report #2 Text by Ricarda Denzer, Claudia Firth, Lucia Farinati, et al. In this second installment of the Dirty Ear Report series, leading sound artists and theorists argue for sound as a new paradigm in art, particularly considering questions of noise and otherness. Ricarda Denzer, Claudia Firth, >>more
Errant Bodies Press
ISBN 9780988937567
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Pbk, 7.25 x 9.5 in. / 64 pgs / 6 b&w.
Pub Date: 10/25/2016 | In stock
Nothing and Everything Text by Douglas Dreishpoon. Nothing and Everything examines the relationship between artists and composers living in New York City between the end of World War II and the early 1960s. It features seven artists—Louise Bourgeois, John Cage, Morton Feldman, >>more
Hauser & Wirth Publishers
ISBN 9783952446171
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Pbk, 8 x 9 in. / 80 pgs / illustrated throughout.
Pub Date: 05/23/2017 | Forthcoming


A Brief History of New Music Edited by Lionel Bovier. Following the success of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s A Brief History of Curating, this publication gathers the influential curator’s interviews with some of the foremost musicians and composers of the 1950s–1990s. It brings together leading avant-garde >>more
ISBN 9783037641903
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Pbk, 6 x 8.25 in. / 320 pgs.
Pub Date: 03/31/2014 | In stock
African Feedback By Alessandro Bosetti. When Alessandro Bosetti draped himself in sound equipment and set out for West Africa, it wasn't to record native music, but to play experimental and avant-garde composers to locals, and record their responses. This musical >>more
Errant Bodies Press
ISBN 9780977259458
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Paperback, 6 x 9 in. / 64 pgs / 12 b&w/ audio CD.
Pub Date: 11/01/2007 | In stock
Alternative Mainstream By Gert Keunen. Published in Valiz's Antennae series, Gert Keunen's Alternative Mainstream explores the music that lies between the "mainstream" and the "underground"—an apparently diverse intermediate zone that includes genres ranging from hip hop to rock, from folk >>more
Valiz/Antennae Series
ISBN 9789078088950
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Pbk, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 354 pgs / illustrated throughout.
Pub Date: 04/28/2015 | In stock
Arcana Edited by John Zorn. Answering a need for critical attention towards experimental and avant-garde music, Arcana is a ground-breaking work--as far-ranging and dynamic as the current generation of musicians. Through manifestoes, scores, interviews, notes and critical papers, performer/composers address >>more
Hips Road/Tzadik
ISBN 9781887123273
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Paperback, 7 x 10 in. / 320 pgs / 70 b&w.
Pub Date: 01/02/2000 | Awaiting stock
Black Fire! New Spirits! Edited by Stuart Baker. At the start of the 1960s, jazz entered a unique period of revolution as African-American musicians redefined the art form in the context of the Civil Rights Movement, Afro-centric rhythm and thought and an ideology >>more
Soul Jazz Books
ISBN 9780957260016
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Hbk, 12.5 x 12.5 in. / 192 pgs / 75 color / 125 b&w.
Pub Date: 05/31/2014 | In stock
Blow Your Head: A Diplo Zine Introduction by Diplo. Photographs by Shane McCauley. The DJ and producer Diplo--aka Thomas Wesley Pentz--and photographer Shane McCauley are launching Blow Your Head, a series of photographic accounts of global music scenes, all of which filter into Diplo’s creative base, the hugely >>more
ISBN 9780985159528
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Pbk, 8 x 10 in. / 96 pgs / 92 b&w.
Pub Date: 10/31/2012 | In stock
Blow Your Head: A Diplo Zine Introduction by Diplo. Photographs by Shane McCauley. A series of video documentaries and print accounts of global music scenes, Blow Your Head is the creation of Diplo, the DJ, producer and creator of the hit “Harlem Shake,” in collaboration with photographer Shane >>more
ISBN 9781939799005
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Pbk, 8 x 10 in. / 96 pgs / 90 b&w.
Pub Date: 09/30/2013 | Not Available
Bossa Nova Edited by Stuart Baker, Gilles Peterson. Spawned in the upscale beachside neighborhoods of Rio De Janeiro in the late 1950s, the laid-back sound and culture of Bossa Nova ("New Wave") rode on a brief wave of optimism in Brazil: the country >>more
Soul Jazz Records Publishing
ISBN 9780955481741
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Hbk, 12.25 x 12.25 in. / 192 pgs / 400 color.
Pub Date: 01/31/2011 | Awaiting stock
Disco Edited by Disco Patrick, Patrick Vogt. This large-format deluxe hardback book features the amazing artwork of thousands of disco record cover designs from the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. Together, the record cover designs gathered here create a unique visual history >>more
Soul Jazz Books
ISBN 9780957260023
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Hbk, 12 x 12 in. / 360 pgs / 600 color.
Pub Date: 11/30/2014 | In stock
Drop on Down in Florida Edited by Dwight DeVane, Blaine Waide. Text by Peggy A. Bulger, Dwight DeVane, Doris J. Dyen, David Evans, Blaine Waide. In 1981, the Florida Folklife Program released the 27-track double LP Drop on Down in Florida: Recent Field Recordings of Afro-American Traditional Music, based on four years of fieldwork throughout the state. The album was >>more
ISBN 9781938922244
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Hbk, 6 x 8 in. / 244 pgs / 60 b&w / 2 Audio CDs.
Pub Date: 07/31/2013 | Awaiting stock
Enjoy the Experience Edited by Johan Kugelberg, Michael P. Daley, Paul Major. Text by Gregg Turkington, Will Louviere, Geoffrey Weiss, Evan LeVine, Rich Haupt, Douglas Mcgowan, Brandan Kearney, Mike Ascherman, Jack Streitman, Gabriel Mckee, Will Cameron, Eothen Alapatt. Enjoy the Experience is the largest collection of American private-press vinyl ever amassed and presented, featuring more than 1,000 cover reproductions from 1958–1992. The musicians here range from awkward teen pop combos to pizza-parlor organists; >>more
Sinecure Books
ISBN 9781938265044
US $65.00 CAN $75.00 FLAT40
Hbk, 8.75 x 11 in. / 512 pgs / 1,241 color / 29 b&w.
Pub Date: 06/30/2013 | Awaiting stock
Freedom, Rhythm and Sound Compiled by Gilles Peterson, Stuart Baker. The momentum of the 1960s civil rights movement and the explosion of Rock music and the underground press in that decade impacted Jazz in amazing ways, both musically and culturally. Years before Punk, musicians like >>more
Soul Jazz Records Publishing
ISBN 9780955481727
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Hbk, 12 x 12 in. / 180 pgs / 400 color.
Pub Date: 10/31/2009 | In stock
Greek Rhapsody Edited by Tony Klein. Rembetika is a popular style of Greek folk music that deals with the sorrows and troubles of everyday life, much like the Blues in the United States. Originating from oral tradition, Rembetika merges traditional Turkish >>more
ISBN 9781938922374
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Hbk, 6 x 7.75 in. / 152 pgs / 45 b&w / 2 audio CDs.
Pub Date: 04/30/2014 | In stock
Houston Rap Edited by Johan Kugelberg. Foreword by Bun B. Text by Lance Scott Walker. The Houston, Texas, neighborhoods of Fifth Ward, Third Ward and South Park have grown to be hallowed ground for modern rap culture, populated with celebrities, entrepreneurs, support networks and a micro-economy of their own. Photographer >>more
Sinecure Books
ISBN 9781938265051
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Hbk, 8.5 x 11.25 in. / 272 pgs / 209 color / 63 b&w.
Pub Date: 11/30/2013 | Awaiting stock
Houston Rap Tapes By Lance Scott Walker. Edited by Johan Kugelberg, Michael P. Daley. Foreword by Willie D. Photographs by Peter Beste. Houston Rap Tapes is the companion to Houston Rap, Peter Beste’s intimate photo book on this important hip hop culture. Houston Rap Tapes complements Beste’s photography with a series of oral histories conducted by writer >>more
Sinecure Books
ISBN 9781938265082
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Pbk, 8 x 10 in. / 288 pgs / 288 b&w.
Pub Date: 02/28/2014 | In stock
I Listen to the Wind that Obliterates My Traces Edited by Steve Roden. Music is as self-reflexive as any of the arts, even if its generally greater power to transport sometimes deceives us into thinking otherwise. Dust-to-Digital's marvelously titled I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces >>more
ISBN 9780981734248
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Clth, 8.5 x 6.5 in. / 184 pgs / 150 duotone / 2 Audio CDs.
Pub Date: 07/31/2011 | Awaiting stock
Lead Kindly Light Edited with text by Sarah Bryan, Peter Honig. A portrait of the rural American South between the dawn of the 20th century and the Second World War, Lead Kindly Light brings together two CDs of traditional music from early phonograph records and a >>more
ISBN 9780981734262
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Clth, 6.5 x 8.5 in. / 176 pgs / 159 color / 2 Audio CDs.
Pub Date: 09/29/2015 | In stock
Longing for the Past Edited by David Murray. Text by Jason Gibbs, David Harnish, Terry E. Miller, David Murray, Tan Sooi Beng, Kit Young. When American and European record companies began recording music in Southeast Asia, their goal was simply to create markets for new phonograph machines. In doing so, they created a rich historical archive of beautiful music >>more
ISBN 9781938922572
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Slip, hbk, 10 x 6.75 in. / 272 pgs / 143 color / 90 b&w/39 duotone/4 Audio CDs.
Pub Date: 07/31/2014 | In stock
Never a Pal Like Mother Foreword by Rosanne Cash. Text by Sarah Bryan. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, separation from loved ones was an accepted fact of life, for several generations of Americans. Westward migration had cleaved many families along generational lines, as young people >>more
ISBN 9780981734231
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Clth, 5.75 x 8.5 in. / 96 pgs / 68 duotone / 2 Audio CDs.
Pub Date: 07/31/2011 | Awaiting stock
On the Threshold of Beauty Text by Kees Tazelaar. On the Threshold of Beauty is an exciting and detailed reconstruction of the emergence of electronic music in the Netherlands. Kees Tazelaar--composer and head of the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire in The >>more
nai010 publishers
ISBN 9789462080652
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Pbk, 6.25 x 9 in. / 232 pgs.
Pub Date: 04/30/2014 | In stock
One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music with Julius Nil Edited by Seth Kim Cohen. Conversations with Esther Leslie, Eric Roth, Seth Kim-Cohen, Andrew McGettigan, Julius Nil, David Toop, Scanner, Brandon LaBelle, Ken Vandermark, Kaffe Matthews, Steven Connor, John Parish, Ben Watson, et al. If it all came down to one piece of music, what would you choose? How would you justify your choice? On live radio? These are the questions Julius Nil asked every other Sunday for a >>more
Errant Bodies Press
ISBN 9780965557092
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Paperback, 5.5 x 7.5 in. / 125 pgs / illustrated throughout.
Pub Date: 04/01/2006 | In stock
Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM Edited and text by Jonathan Ward. The tremendous variety of music that was pressed to shellac discs on the continent of Africa is truly astonishing. Popular songs, topical songs, work songs, comic songs, songs of worship, ritual, dance and praise--the sheer >>more
ISBN 9781938922251
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Slip, 5.75 x 7.75 in. / 112 pgs / 34 color / 36 duotone / 4 Audio CDs.
Pub Date: 07/31/2013 | Awaiting stock
Parchman Farm By Alan Lomax. Introduction by Anna Lomax Wood. Text by Bruce Jackson. In 1947, 1948 and 1959, renowned folklorist Alan Lomax (1915-2002) went behind the barbed wire into the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck--and, in 1959, a camera--Lomax documented as best >>more
ISBN 9780981734293
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Slip, Hbk, 6.25 x 9.5 in. / 124 pgs / 77 color / 2 Audio CDs.
Pub Date: 09/29/2015 | In stock
Pictures of Sound Edited and text by Patrick Feaster. Over the past 1,000 years, countless images have been created to depict sound in forms that theoretically could be “played” just as though they were modern sound recordings. Now, for the first time in history, >>more
ISBN 9781938922237
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Hbk, 10.25 x 8.25 in. / 144 pgs / 164 color / Audio CD.
Pub Date: 07/31/2013 | Awaiting stock
Punk 45 Edited by Jon Savage, Stuart Baker. Foreword by Jon Savage. Punk 45 is a revelatory guide to hundreds and hundreds of original seven-inch record cover sleeve designs--visual artifacts found at the heart of the most radical and anarchistic musical movement of the twentieth century. Spurred >>more
Soul Jazz Records Publishing
ISBN 9780957260009
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Flexi, 8.75 x 10.75 in. / 400 pgs / 800 color.
Pub Date: 10/31/2013 | In stock
Reggae Soundsystem 45: The Label Art of Reggae Singles Edited by Stuart Baker, Steve Barrow. Introduction by Steve Barrow. The 45-rpm seven-inch single is at the heart of reggae music, the main vehicle by which reggae music has been communicated to the public by the deejays in the dancehalls of Kingston, and to its >>more
Soul Jazz Books
ISBN 9780955481796
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Flexi, 8 x 10 in. / 480 pgs / 1000 color.
Pub Date: 10/31/2012 | Awaiting stock
Reggae Soundsystem: Original Reggae Album Cover Art Edited by Stuart Backer, Steve Barrow. Introduction by Steve Barrow. From its early Mento (Jamaican Calypso) beginnings through to the invention of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Dub and Dancehall, Jamaican music is one of the richest and innovative veins in popular music. This deluxe publication, featuring >>more
Soul Jazz Books
ISBN 9780955481789
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Hbk, 13.25 x 13.25 in. / 239 pgs / 400 color.
Pub Date: 10/31/2012 | In stock
Sounds of Two Eyes Opening Edited by Johan Kugelberg, Introduction by Ryan Richardson. Spot landed in Hermosa Beach, CA in the mid-1970s. A serious musician, he helped build Media Art Recording Studio and stumbled into photojournalism via Easy Reader, the local news weekly. Hermosa proved to be a >>more
Sinecure Books
ISBN 9781938265105
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Hbk, 8.25 x 10.75 in. / 276 pgs / 13 color / 263 b&w.
Pub Date: 10/31/2014 | In stock
Studio One Records Edited by Stuart Baker. As iconic as Motown was to soul, or Blue Note for jazz, the legendary Jamaican reggae label Studio One was the creation of one of music's greatest impresarios, Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd. Throughout the 1950s, >>more
Soul Jazz Books
ISBN 9780955481772
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Hbk, 12.25 x 12.25 in. / 216 pgs / 200 color.
Pub Date: 11/30/2011 | Awaiting stock
Techno Contributions by Michel Maffesoli. Text by Jean-Luc Nancy. >>more
Dis Voir
ISBN 9782906571761
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Paperback, 6.5 x 8.25 in. / 128 pgs / 25 color / 25 b&w.
Pub Date: 10/02/1998 | In stock
The Music Library Edited by Damon Murray, Stephen Sorrell. Foreword by Jerry Dammers. Text by Jonny Trunk. The first edition of The Music Library, published in 2005 and now out of print, brought together the designs of more than 325 record sleeves and relevant information about these rare and elusive albums. Quickly >>more
FUEL Publishing
ISBN 9780993191138
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Hbk, 10 x 10 in. / 248 pgs / 635 color.
Pub Date: 04/26/2016 | In stock
There Will Never Be Silence Edited by David Platzker, Jenny Schlenzka. Compositions by Lizzi Bougatsos, Kevin Beasley, Yasunao Tone, Sabisha Friedberg. There Will Never Be Silence pays homage to both John Cage and the MoMA exhibition There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage's 4'33" (2013–14) in a uniquely designed edition of 500. In a 1954 >>more
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
ISBN 9780870709708
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Slipcased vinyl record, 12 x 12 in.
Pub Date: 05/26/2015 | Awaiting stock
Wired Up! Edited by Jerry Blount, Tommy Chung. Preface by Robin Wills. Interview by Phil King, Jeremy Thompson, Mary Blount. Wired Up! is the first book to fully document the underground European glam rock scene of the early 1970s, cataloging hundreds of the best and most sought after junkshop glam, proto-punk and bubblegum 45 sleeves >>more
Wired Up Media
ISBN 9780615488769
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Hbk, 8.75 x 8.75 in. / 384 pgs / 344 color / 50 b&w.
Pub Date: 04/30/2013 | Awaiting stock
Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language Edited by Christof Migone, Brandon LaBelle. >>more
Errant Bodies
ISBN 9780965557030
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Paperback, 7 x 7 in. / 168 pgs / 20 b&w.
Pub Date: 06/02/2001 | Awaiting stock



Dangerous Curves Photographs by Carl Tremblay. Contributions by Lenny Kaye. Text by Darcy Kuronen. "The guitar and the dog, in order not to be separated from man, have submitted themselves with resignation to the worst alterations of size and appearance." --Andres Segovia >>more
MFA Publications
ISBN 9780878464784
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Hardcover, 10 x 10 in. / 224 pgs / 180 color
Pub Date: 09/02/2000 | Out of print
Gijsbert Hanekroot: From Abba to Zappa Dutch photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot started his career as a chronicler of the pop music scene in the late 60s and carried on until 1983. Over the course of this pivotal era, he photographed nearly every >>more
Veenman Publishers
ISBN 9789086901289
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Paperback, 9.5 x 13.5 in. / 336 pgs / 336 b&w.
Pub Date: 11/01/2008 | Out of print
Modulations Edited by Peter Shapiro. Contributions by Iara Lee, David Toop. Text by Kodwo Eshun, Michael Berk, Tony Marcus, Kurt Reighley, Simon Reynolds, Michael Rubin, Chris Sharp, Rob Young. >>more
ISBN 9781891024061
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Hardcover, 8 x 8 in. / 264 pgs / 50 color / 100 b&w
Pub Date: 09/02/2000 | Out of print
Redefining Musical Identities Edited by Rekus de Groot, Albert van der Schoot. Text by Borislav Cicovacki, Peter Davison, David Matthews. The first section of this music theory essay collection tackles themes of Modernism and stylistic development. The second focuses on music as a social and spiritual happening. The book concludes with several essays about regional >>more
Veenman Publishers
ISBN 9789086900855
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Paperback, 6.5 x 9 in. / 128 pgs / 10 b&w.
Pub Date: 03/01/2008 | Out of print
Surface Tension Edited by Brandon LaBelle, Ken Ehrlich and Stephen Vitiello. Essays by Kathy Battista, Jennifer Gabrys, Lucy Lippard, Laurie Palmer, Lucy Soutter, Sara Roberts, Jane Rendell, Simon Leung, Michael Weinstock, Juli Carson, Alphonso Lingis and Giles Lane. From Gordon Matta-Clark to Lawrence Weiner, Bruce Nauman to Alison Knowles, the question of site locates itself in issues of public space, at the intersection of the imagined and the real, at the juncture of >>more
Errant Bodies Press
ISBN 9780965557047
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Paperback, 8 x 10.5 in. / 300 pgs / illustrated throughout.
Pub Date: 08/02/2003 | Out of print
The Disco Files 1973-78 In 1973 Vince Aletti became the first person to write about the emerging Disco scene, and went on to write a famous weekly column in Record World magazine, which incorporated top ten playlists from DJs >>more
ISBN 9780956189608
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Pbk, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 474 pgs / 400 b&w.
Pub Date: 07/31/2009 | Out of print
Touchable Sound Edited by Brian Roettinger, Mike Treff, Diego Hadis. Introduction by Henry Owings. In an era that advocates streamlined product and music at the click of a mouse, Touchable Sound celebrates those independent-spirited bands and musicians who make their own records, relishing the opportunity to produce labor-intensive one-off >>more
Soundscreen Design
ISBN 9780984302826
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Pbk, 9.5 x 6.5 in. / 412 pgs / illustrated throughout.
Pub Date: 09/30/2010 | Out of print


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