Music Books
Disco

Pictures from the New York Disco scene (1979-1980) by Bill Berstein

From Bill Berstein: One thing that struck me as I photographed the New York City Disco and nightlife scene in the late 1970’s was the inclusiveness and overall diversity and cultural mix these clubs. I had never experienced a place where gays, lesbians, transgender people, black, white and straight people …

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Jazz

“NINA”, a Beautiful Illustrated Children’s Book

Nina is a children’s book by Bruno Liance and Alice Brière-Haquet. And much like music icon Nina Simone’s oeuvre, it goes much deeper than most would. The story goes that, one night, Nina’s daughter Lisa cannot go to sleep, her mom chooses to tell her the story of her first …

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Music Books

Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack – 33 1/3 Books

We haven’t even read this new book in the always great 33 1/3 series of books covering landmark music albums but we’re so excited about it that we had to share some info, as we order a copy for ourselves. Read the description below! via Bloomsbury Publishing: Koji Kondo‘s Super …

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Music Books
Hip-Hop

Check The Technique Volume 2 – Book by Brian Coleman

via TurntableLab: Presenting never-before-told, behind-the-scenes histories ranging from influential 80s masterpieces. Classics like DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper and 3rd Bass’ The Cactus Album to 90s classics like Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Mos Def’s and Talib Kweli’s Are Black Star and …

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Worldwide Sounds

Music Is The Weapon of the Future – 50 Years of African Popular Music

Here is a book suggestion, we figured we’d share the info since we’re buying ourselves a copy! Author: Frank Tenaille. Publisher: Chicago Review Press (2002) “From the unique voice of Salif Keita and the hard funk of Fela Kuti to the poignant blues of Cesaria Evora and the upbeat swing …

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Soul & Funk

The definitive Disco Record Cover Art – Book by Soul Jazz

via SoulJazzRecords: New 400-page 12″x12″ deluxe heavyweight book on Soul Jazz Records/Books. First 200 orders come with free world exclusive ltd. edition 12″ collectors disco single* + free large poster – only available here! Pre-order now for shipping end of October Foreword by Tom Moulton and Nicky Siano (The Gallery). …

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Kraftwerk “Publikation” Book by David Buckley
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Kraftwerk “Publikation” Book by David Buckley

Brand new biography on Kraftwerk called “Kraftwerk – Publikation” by music-writer David Buckley. This book was named as a top new release in 2012 by the Financial Times book list and as the best book showcasing the legendary German group Kraftwerk. The book was published on August 30th, 2012 by …

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REGGAE 45 SOUNDSYSTEM THE LABEL ART OF REGGAE SINGLES, A VISUAL HISTORY OF JAMAICAN REGGAE 1959-79
Music Books
Reggae

Reggae Soundsystem 45! by Soul Jazz Records

Reggae Soundsystem 45! is a new stunning deluxe 500 page flexibound book that features over 1000 full size record label 45 rpm single designs that span the history of reggae music. The book is compiled by the renowned author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire …

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Gil Scott-Heron “The Last Holiday. A Memoir”
Music Books
Soul

Gil Scott-Heron “The Last Holiday. A Memoir”

via Shook.FM (awesome website): “Gil Scott-Heron’s final opus, one that he was working on intermittently for the last two decades of his life, is not an album of music but a memoir. Autobiography isn’t quite the right word, because this book pulls down the shutters and closes shop in 1981, the …

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