Music: History, Surveys & Theory



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

JRP | Ringier
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

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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Pbk, 7 x 10 in. / 320 pgs / 70 b&w.
Pub Date: 01/02/2000 In stock

Art & Vinyl
Edited by Jeffrey Fraenkel, Antoine de Beaupré.

Art for music: the album cover as medium

Art & Vinyl is an exhilarating new look into the history of the vinyl record as a medium for modern and contemporary visual art. This beautifully designed and >>more

Fraenkel Gallery/Editions Antoine de Beaupré
ISBN 9782912794291
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Hbk, 12.5 x 12.5 in. / 450 pgs / 250 color.
Pub Date: 04/24/2018 In stock

Bad Bonn Song Book
Edited by Patrick Boschung, Daniel Fontana, Stefanie Mauron, Adeline Mollard, Katharina Reidy. Text by Conrad Lambert, Chan Marshall, Benedikt Sartorius, Christophe Schenk.

Seeing as notes are generally the best way of putting music on paper, this publication, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Bad Bonn music venue in Fribourg, takes the form of a song book. Then >>more

Edition Patrick Frey
ISBN 9783905929980
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Pbk, 8.25 x 11.75 in. / 528 pgs / 264 color.
Pub Date: 03/22/2016 In 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

Broken Music
Edited by Ursula Block, Michael Glasmeier. Preface by René Block, Ursula Block. Text by Michael Glasmeier, Theodor W. Adorno, Jean Dubuffet, Milan Knížák, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Hans Rudolf Zeller. Afterword by Christiane Seiffert.

Facsimile edition of the definitive guide to records by artists

Broken Music is an essential guide and discography for recordings and audio works by visual artists, originally published in 1989 and edited by Ursula Block (founder >>more

Primary Information
ISBN 9780991558599
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Pbk, 8.25 x 10.25 in. / 280 pgs / 22 color / 599 b&w.
Pub Date: 11/20/2018 In stock

Can You Hear Me?
By Francesco Spampinato.

Can You Hear Me? Music Labels by Visual Artists is the first survey on the obscure and fascinating phenomenon of record labels founded and run by visual artists. It reflects on the way these extra-artistic >>more

ISBN 9789491677366
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Pbk, 4.5 x 6 in. / 160 pgs / 11 color / 114 duotone.
Pub Date: 05/20/2015 In stock

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 In stock

By Beth Lesser. Edited by Stuart Baker.

This definitive study of the 1980s Jamaican Dancehall scene features hundreds of exclusive photographs and an accompanying text that capture a vibrant, globally influential and yet rarely documented culture that has mixed music, fashion and >>more

Soul Jazz Books
ISBN 9780957260085
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Pbk, 11.75 x 11.75 in. / 216 pgs / 400 color.
Pub Date: 10/24/2017 In stock

Die Not hat ein Ende
Edited by Lurker Grand.

Die Not hat ein Ende The Swiss Art of Rock ("Need Comes To an End–The Swiss Art of Rock") is Lurker Grand's third and most recent book project in a trilogy published by Edition Patrick Frey. Here >>more

Edition Patrick Frey
ISBN 9783905929775
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Pbk, 8.75 x 12.5 in. / 498 pgs / 535 color.
Pub Date: 07/01/2015 In 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
US $15.00 CAN $21.50 FLAT40
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

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

Freedom, Rhythm & Sound
Edited by Gilles Peterson, Stuart Baker.

“A remarkable book” –The New Yorker
“If there can be such a thing as a revolutionary coffee table book, Freedom Rhythm & Sound is it—a chance to wallow in the Afrocentric visual language of the non-mainstream >>more

Soul Jazz Books
ISBN 9780957260061
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Pbk, 11.75 x 11.75 in. / 192 pgs / 400 color.
Pub Date: 08/22/2017 In stock

Grounds for Possible Music
Edited with text by Julia Eckhardt. Contributions by Antye Greie, Andrea Parkins, Aurélie Lierman, Bonnie Jones, Cathy Lane, Susanne Kirchmayr, Felicity Ford, Heimo Lattner, Jaume Ferrete Vázquez, Judith Laub, Marc Matter, Marijs Boulogne, Marion Wasserbauer, Myriam Van Imschoot, Pali Meursault, Peter Westenberg, Richard Scott, et al.

Gender, voice, language and identity are particularly pertinent topics for musical creation—for the shaping of a canon, and for interactions in the field. All four are strongly contextually determined, and necessarily raise issues of paradigms >>more

Errant Bodies Press
ISBN 9780997874426
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Pbk, 8.5 x 10.5 in. / 144 pgs / 10 color / 10 b&w.
Pub Date: 07/24/2018 In 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

Marred for Life!
Edited by Jason Fulford. Text by Greg Wooten.

Marred for Life! presents over 250 record covers, lovingly and mischievously vandalized by anonymous music lovers. The LP covers were selected from the collection of Greg Wooten, a Los Angeles–based collector, musician and design purveyor. >>more

J&L Books
ISBN 9780999365526
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Hbk, 6 x 8.5 in. / 160 pgs / 275 color.
Pub Date: 04/23/2019 In stock

Nothing and Everything
Text by Douglas Dreishpoon. Nothing and Everything examines the synergistic 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 and composers—Louise Bourgeois, John >>more

Hauser & Wirth Publishers
ISBN 9783952446171
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Pbk, 8.25 x 10.25 in. / 104 pgs / 96 color / 3 b&w.
Pub Date: 07/25/2017 In 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
US $50.00 CAN $67.50 FLAT40
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

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

Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance
Edited with text by Jens Hoffmann. Foreword by Elysia Borowy-Reeder. Text by Marsha Music, Joel Peterson, Robin K. Williams.

Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance is inspired by the vital history of music in Detroit and the legacy of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. It connects Detroit’s musical and political histories with a wide range of >>more

Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
ISBN 9780979199172
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Flexi, 9 x 12 in. / 140 pgs / 40 color / 25 b&w.
Pub Date: 05/22/2018 In stock

Text by Michel Gaillot. Interviews with Michel Maffesoli, Jean-Luc Nancy.

Techno music seen as an experimentation to overcome the sociocultural boundaries of the social space.

Techno is one of the more spectacular and mediatized aspects of contemporary culture. But is it more than mere entertainment, more >>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 Disco Files 1973–78
By Vince Aletti. Interview with Fran Lebowitz.

A new edition of the essential chronicle of disco culture

In 1973, Vince Aletti became the first person to write about the emerging disco scene. His engagement with disco nightlife continued throughout the decade as he >>more

ISBN 9781942884309
US $35.00 CAN $47.50 TRADE
Pbk, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 474 pgs / 400 b&w.
Pub Date: 11/27/2018 In stock

The Magic Circle
By Jan Tumlir.

Charting a pathway of historical analysis and speculative association outward from The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP, The Magic Circle is a meditation on the form of the concept album as a >>more

ISBN 9789491677434
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Pbk, 4.5 x 6 in. / 233 pgs / 6 color / 26 b&w / 2 duotone.
Pub Date: 05/20/2015 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
US $55.00 CAN $72.50 TRADE
Hbk, 10 x 10 in. / 248 pgs / 635 color.
Pub Date: 04/26/2016 In stock

Visual Music Masters
Edited with text by Adriano Abbado.

What are the connections between sounds and abstract images? What were the first audiovisual instruments? How did music influence Kandinsky’s work? What are the most significant audiovisual installations? What relationship is there between VJs and >>more

ISBN 9788857222233
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Hbk, 8 x 10 in. / 176 pgs / 120 color / 38 b&w.
Pub Date: 05/22/2018 In stock

Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music
By Michael Lang.

The official 50th-anniversary book on the festival that epitomizes the '60s
This is the official 50th-anniversary celebration of Woodstock, by the festival's co-creator and co-founder, Michael Lang. A large illustrated edition, it includes hundreds of >>more

Reel Art Press
ISBN 9781909526624
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Hbk, 10 x 12 in. / 288 pgs / 150 color / 150 b&w.
Pub Date: 06/25/2019 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 Not available

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

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 Not available

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 Not available

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 Not available

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 Not available

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 Not available

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 Not available

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 Not available

Reggae Soundsystem 45: The Label Art of Reggae Singles
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 Not available

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 Not available

Studio One Records
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 Not available

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 Not available

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 Not available

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 Not available

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 Not available


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