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Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles

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By Kenneth Womack, Alan Parsons (Foreword by)
$21.56
ISBN: 9781501746857
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Published: Cornell University Press - October 15th, 2019

 

Solid State is a compulsively readable and definitive account of the writing and recording of the Beatles’ landmark final album, Abbey Road. Filled with fascinating details demonstrating the creativity and ingenuity of the group, George Martin, and their recording engineers, and even with all that has been written about them, this book is simply a must read for any fan.

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Playing Changes

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781101873496
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Published: Vintage - July 23rd, 2019

 

Chinen’s book is so very welcome as books about contemporary jazz are few and far between, but also because it’s terrific. Chinen puts into context each of the various directions players are taking improvisational music today with a studied thoughtfulness based upon careful listening and deep historical knowledge. The discographies bookmarking each chapter as well as his list of essential 21st century albums are good guideposts for anyone’s future listening. 

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Elvis is King!

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By Jonah Winter, Red Nose Studio (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399554704
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 8th, 2019

 

This book is beautiful! The painstakingly rendered illustrations make you feel like you’re watching a favorite animated film, and the text will have you rushing to your stereo. Classics like Elvis never go out of style; long live the King!  

Caleb


Getz/Gilberto

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$22.95
ISBN: 9781501323959
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - November 29th, 2018

 

What better way to spend a cold, snowy February day reading McCann’s book while listening to the classic album that help define the bossa nova sound of the early 1960s. Part of the terrific 33 1/3 series that explores in depth seminal recordings of many different genres, this volume places the Getz/Gilberto album in social, historical, and musical context along with expert discussions of each composition cut by cut.

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Go Ahead In The Rain

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ISBN: 9781477316481
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Published: University of Texas Press - February 1st, 2019

 

Abdurraqib catalogs musical history with a mythic, yet personal, reverence, sharing his heroes in a way that makes them accessible while canonizing them as larger-than-life icons. Whether you’re a longtime fan of A Tribe Called Quest or a total initiate, this book holds  something fresh for you; this is what all culture writing should aspire to.

 

Caleb


THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US

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By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

 

Like the music he writes about, Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection is by turns novel and nostalgic, euphoric and poignant, contemplative and raw. A moving examination of the way pop culture ties into the current state of our nation--and how it affects us on a personal level.

Kate


Playing Changes

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781101870341
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Published: Pantheon - August 14th, 2018

 

Chinen’s book is so very welcome as books about contemporary jazz are few and far between, but also because it’s terrific. Chinen puts into context each of the various directions players are taking improvisational music today with a studied thoughtfulness based upon careful listening and deep historical knowledge. The discographies bookmarking each chapter as well as his list of essential 21st century albums are good guideposts for anyone’s future listening.

Dale


They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

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By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781937512651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

Like the music he writes about, Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection is by turns novel and nostalgic, euphoric and poignant, contemplative and raw. A moving examination of the way pop culture ties into the current state of our nation--and how it affects us on a personal level.

 

Kate


Testimony : A Rock 'n' Roll Life

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780307889782
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Published: Crown Archetype - November 15th, 2016

Whether you have listened to The Band for years or want a unique insight into the music of the ‘60s & ‘70s, Testimony offers an intimate story.  Robertson chronicles the love and struggles of his bandmates with stories that shed new light on the music, the songs, and the history of one of rock ’n’ roll’s pivotal bands.

Robert


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