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Going For A Song - A Chronicle Of The UK Record Shop By Garth Cartwright

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From market traders selling music hall 78s via HMV's gloved classical emporium through Soho's post-WW2 jazz, blues and folk scene to mods hungry for imported ska and soul 45s, Going For A Song documents how popular music and youth fashions took shape around influential record shops.

Brian Epstein, the genius behind Liverpool's NEMS shops, utilises his trade contacts to launch The Beatles. Psychedelia's golden dawn is overseen at Mayfair's One Stop (Jimi Hendrix's being a regular) while A Clockwork Orange is filmed in the Chelsea Drug Store. The '70’s finds Richard Branson’s Virgin shops leading a revolution in record retail. Rough Trade and Small Wonder launch punk record labels from within their respective shops. Disco and reggae, techno and dubstep, are all shaped by visionary record shops. Then, at the dawn of this century, hundreds of record shops crash. From these ruins rise independent shops surfing the vinyl revival and Record Store Day. Never before published research documents how a young Bob Dylan records in the basement of a Soho shop while David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Elton John, Danny Baker and Pete Burns all first entered the music industry via working in record shops. Here friendships were forged, knowledge shared, bands formed and history shaped.

NYC Street Photography... It's the Joint - Brian Nobili & Ricky Powell (Hardback Cover)

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NYC Street Photography... It's the Joint is a collection of 10 of New York's most prolific street photographers today. Through their photography they tell stories from every corner of the city from the early '80s until the present day.

Where'd You Get Those? 10th Anniversary Edition - New York City's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987 - Bobbito Garcia (Hardback Cover)

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Bobbito GarciaŌs seminal book on sneaker culture, Where'd You Get Those, is back for a special 10th anniversary print run featuring an expanded lineup of sneakers. In addition to the added content, the book features a new foreword, introduction and afterword. If you donÕt already have a copy then be sure to order one now, as the book has already received plenty of critical praise and even serves as the main textbook for Carnegie Mellon UniversityÕs Sneakerology 101 course.

Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton - The Record Players: The story of dance music told by history’s greatest DJs

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This book is a tribute to the obsessives, the playboys, the musical eccentrics who founded the craft of DJing. They developed wild new techniques for performing with recorded music, and revolutionised the way we create and enjoy it. They gave us new ways to have the times of our lives and built a worldwide industry of nightlife and dance music. From unsung pioneers to overheated superstars, these are the people who made playing records matter.

The Record Players includes in-depth interviews with 50 of history's most significant DJs, including Fabio, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Cool Herc, John Peel, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow, Paul Oakenfold, Norman Cook, Pete Tong, Tiesto, Dreem Teem, Jeff Dexter and many more.

Blade - King Of Graffiti by Chris Pape

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BLADE has already told his life story through graffiti. Now, over forty years into his career and armed with an incredible memory, BLADE sits down with Chris Pape to reflect on growing up in the Bronx in the turbulent 1970s, and recounts the highs and lows of his storied career, holding nothing back. BLADE is considered The King of Graffiti because, by 1980, after painting 5,000 wildly creative trains, he stopped counting. This book parallels the New York graffiti movement almost from its inception, moving through its glory years in the mid-1970s, when BLADE earned his title, and ending in the global art scene, where he remains a major presence. BLADE helped New York graffiti become internationally famous by making it look fun, and, for reasons of quantity, quality, and, perhaps above all, for sheer spirit, BLADE may very well be the most popular graffiti artist with his peers. Chris Pape was born in 1960. He grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan where he watched the birth of the graffiti movement. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Elsa, and their kids, Cora and Dash.

Classic Hits - New York Pioneering Subway Graffiti Writers by Alan Fleisher & Paul Iovino

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The most visual book on early 1970s graffiti ever published. The authors were themselves artists and maintain long friendships with other artists, as well as photo archives of the time, on display in this one-of-a-kind book. Early 70s New York saw the growth of a new phenomenon. Key pioneers tell their own story. Eye-opening first-hand story accounts in pictures and text. The names names here have star status far beyond graffiti culture; without them, no Seen, no Banksy, no Revok. In this glimpse of a different New York, there is an invaluable picture of graffiti in the early, playful years. Essays and quotations by: Ale One, All Jive 161, Blade, Cay 161, Checker 170, Clyde, Death, FDT 56, Flint 707, Iz The Wiz, Jester 1, Joe 182, Lava, LSD OM, Mico, Pnut 2, Roger 1, Ski 168, Snake 1, Taki 183, Vamm Photos by: Alan Fleisher, Robert Browning, Bill Ray, Jack Stewart


Addicted To Steel By Glynn Judd

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Addicted to Steel explores the global phenomenon of applying graffiti on trains. It chronicles the tales of a London based graffiti writer who, over a period of twelve years, became a household name and one of the most wanted vandals by the British Transport Police. With his unique insight into this greatly misunderstood subculture, the author has given us the first of its kind detailed account of criminal damage on such an unprecedented scale. The book covers many missions that span across London, the Home Counties and as far afield as Europe and New York. The adrenalin fuelled short stories transport you in to the grime covered underbelly of London s underground transport network along with many other cities. It is a thrill a minute roller-coaster ride of planning, painting and quick getaways.


From the Platform: Subway Graffiti, 1983-1989 (Hardback) by Paul Cavalieri

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See the New York City transit system at a time the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has tried hard to forget. In the early '80s, graffiti writer Paul Cavalieri, who writes CAVS, was drawn to the colorful tags on trains. He started learning train schedules so he could snap works by many writers of the time. This is a compilation of subway graffiti from 1983 to 1989, when the MTA announced that its fleet was entirely graffiti-free. More than 325 color photos capture everything from motion-bombed train interiors riddled with pilot marker tags to epic works covering whole exteriors, top to bottom. Artists tell their tales of adventure throughout and reminisce about working on live third rails, navigating the complex subway system to find their works, and witnessing graffiti's gradual disappearance from the trains. This book presents a nostalgic look at 1980s New York City and the street artists that gave it soul.


London Street Art By Alex MacNaughton (Photographer)

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This first-ever guide to focus solely on London street art proves that the city's graffiti culture is clearly thriving. Shot in a riot of color by press photographer Alex MacNaughton, London Street Art presents a broad spectrum of writers and graffiti artists from crews all over London, including Hoxton, Shoreditch, Camden, and Hackney. Providing a lasting record of the best writers on the London scene, it captures pieces that last only a matter of hours or days before they are removed. From vast free masterpieces on walls, quirky stencils on doorways and pavements, to subtle stickers, tags and signatures, London Street Art is as hilarious as it is political, and showcases some of the most current, exciting and fresh urban art forms in the world.

Graffiti Paris By Fabienne Grevy

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Graffiti artists in Paris, much like in New York and Los Angeles, have transformed urban spaces—sidewalks, metro stations, staircases, abandoned buildings—into showrooms that exhibit their work in all of its many mediums, from a proliferation of stickers to cleverly applied stencils to giant murals. In Graffiti Paris, Fabienne Grévy takes readers on a tour of Paris's street art, and also discusses the variety of unique sources that inspire the artists, including the cave paintings at Lascaux, nineteenth-century Japanese blockprints, and comics. About the author Fabienne Grévy is an art historian and photographer who has been following street art for the past fifteen years. Her photography of graffiti in Paris has helped legitimize the art form and has led to exhibitions in major galleries by such artists as Ernst Pignon, Mesnager, Némo, and Miss Tic.

No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999 by DJ Stretch Armstrong (2016-11-23)

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No Sleep is a visual history of the halcyon days of New York City club life as told through flyer art. Spanning the late 80s through the late 90s, when nightlife buzz travelled via flyers and word of mouth, No Sleep. features a collection of artwork from the personal archives of NYC DJs, promoters, club kids, nightlife impresarios and the artists themselves. Club flyers, by design, were ephemeral objects distributed on street corners, outside of nightclubs and concert halls, in barbershops and retail shops and not intended to be preserved for posterity. Through the 90s, they became both increasingly prevalent and more sophisticated as printing technology evolved. Overnight, however, with the birth of the internet, the club flyer essentially disappeared, and despite it being common for promoters to print thousands of flyers for any given event, they now remain rare. DJ Stretch Armstrong and Evan Auerbach of UpNorthTrips unearthed the flyers presented here to create the most impressive collection of club flyers and concert bills compiled to date. What you will see in this book are the humble beginnings of now household names Mark Ronson, Moby, Sean "Puffy' Combs, Eminem, Funkmaster Flex, among others. These names were made after dark, and their reps grew bigger each time they were featured on a flyer.

Hip Hop Raised Me - DJ Semtex Book

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Hip Hop Raised Me® is the definitive volume on the essence, experience and energy that is hip hop, and its massive and enduring impact over the last 40 years. It’s packed with contact sheets, outtakes and glory shots of artists, collectives and fans off-guard and in action from iconic photographers including Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, Eddie Otchere, Normski, Janette Beckman, Chi Modu, Nabil Elderkin and Mark Humphrey, as well as photographs of hip-hop ephemera and vinyl courtesy of specialist collectors. With the help of his definitive catalogue of interviews with hip-hop artists from the 1990s to today, conducted at key moments in their careers and including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Drake, Nicki Minaj, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Nas and the Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Semtex examines the crucial role of hip hop in society. He reflects on the huge influence it has had on his own life and the lives of many others, providing inspiration and purpose to generation after generation of disaffected youths. Taking a thematic approach and featuring seminal interviews he has conducted with key hip-hop artists, Semtex traces the characteristics and influence of hip hop from its origins in the early 1970s with DJ Kool Herc’s block parties in the South Bronx, through its breakthrough to the mainstream and advent of gangsta rap in the late 1980s, with artists such as Run DMC, Public Enemy and Ice T, to the impact of contemporary artists and the global industry that is hip hop today. Hip-hop artists have gone from hustlers to successful entrepreneurs and businessmen. Hip hop has come of age. Foreword by Chuck D.

No Half Steppin’ — oral and pictorial history of the Latin Quarter from Wax Poetics Books

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No Half Steppin’ — An Oral and Pictorial History of New York City Club the Latin Quarter and the Birth of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era is 212 pages with over 175 color photographs and flyers from the greatest period in hip-hop history. Oral history by participants Special K and Teddy Tedd, KRS-One, MC Shan, Eric B., Daddy-O, Fab 5 Freddy, Just-Ice, Positive K, DJ Clark Kent, Kid, Dana Dane, TR Love, MC Serch, Chuck D, Grand Puba, Sadat X, Pete Nice, Prince Paul, Kurtis Blow, Mike Gee, Daddy-O, Wise, Ced Gee, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Kool G Rap, and many many more.

Slick Rick - The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick (Get On Down, Record Store Day)

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Get On Down, known for its unique approach to packaging hip-hop classics, has come up with another winner here, presenting the lyrics to this immortal rap tale in never-before-seen form. Rick's lines from the song are re-created in visual form in a 16 page book with a puffy cover - presented like a legit children's book, thick pages and all. From the little boy who was misled to the tense police chase, to the unsure children hearing the story from their uncle Ricky," this is the most unique way the story has ever been presented. Of course there is music to match - for Record Store Day the exclusive package includes a picture sleeve 45 with Children's Story" and The Moment I Feared" (with artwork taken from the original Children's Story" 12-inch), and a CD of The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, the 1988 Def Jam album that made Rick a worldwide star. The CD was first issued in 1988. The book is all new. The 7" was never released as such.

Glen E. Friedman: My Rules (Hardcover)

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The definitive monograph of Glen E. Friedman, a pioneer of skate, punk, and hip-hop photography, including much never-before-published work. Glen E. Friedman is best known for his work capturing and promoting rebellion in his portraits of artists such as Fugazi, Black Flag, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, The Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., and Public Enemy, as well as classic skateboarding originators such as Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Alan Ollie Gelfand, Duane Peters, and Stacy Peralta, and a very young Tony Hawk. Designed in association with celebrated street and graphic artist Shepard Fairey, this monograph captures the most important and influential underground heroes of skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop cultures. My Rules is an unprecedented window into the three most significant countercultures of the last quarter of the twentieth century, and Friedman's photographs define those important movements that he helped shape. A remarkable chronicle and a primer about the origins of radical street cultures, My Rules is also a statement of artistic inspiration for those influenced by these countercultures.

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang (Paperback)

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Hip-hop is now a global multi-billion pound industry. It has spawned superstars all across the world. There have been tie-in clothing lines, TV stations, film companies, cosmetics lines. It even has its own sports, its own art style, its own dialect. It is an all-encompassing lifestyle.
But where did hip-hop culture begin? Who created it? How did hip-hop become such a phenomenon?
Jeff Chang, an American journalist, has written the most comprehensive book on hip-hop to date. He introduces the major players who came up with the ideas that form the basic elements of the culture. He describes how it all began with social upheavals in Jamaica, the Bronx, the Black Belt of Long Island and South Central LA. He not only provides a history of the music, but a fascinating insight into the social background of young black America.
Stretching from the early 70s through to the present day, this is the definitive history of hip-hop. It will be essential reading for all DJs, B-Boys, MCs and anyone with an interest in American history.

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (updated): The History of the Disc Jockey: 100 Years of the Disc Jockey by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton (Paperback)

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To celebrate 100 years of DJing, Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have expanded and updated their classic account of the history of the disc jockey.
The DJ was born on Christmas Eve, 1906 when Reginald Fessenden became the first person to play a record over the radio. A century later and the DJ is the central figure in popular music. From these humble 'talking jukebox' origins to today's DJ superstars earning rock star salaries with a fanbase to match, the history of the DJ is fascinating and unpredictable. The story of these unlikely cultural icons takes the reader through the swinging sixties, through the sequinned revolution that was disco, via hip hop and house to mass-market global domination.

Book of Stones Throw illustrations by Munguni

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Book of illustrations by Munguni.
Munguni draws Stones Throw artists. The book is 100 pages, full color, paperback. The size is 5x8 inches. Layout by Alima Jennings.

The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (33 1/3) by Dan LeRoy

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Derided as one-hit wonders, estranged from their original producer and record label, and in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, the Beastie Boys were written off by most observers before even beginning to record their second album - an embarrassing commercial flop that should have ruined the group's career. But not only did Paul's Boutique eventually transformed the Beasties from a fratboy novelty to hiphop giants, its sample-happy, retro aesthetic changed popular culture forever.

J Dilla’s Donuts (33 1/3) by Jordan Ferguson

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From a Los Angeles hospital bed, equipped with little more than a laptop and a stack of records, James “J Dilla” Yancey crafted a set of tracks that would forever change the way beatmakers viewed their artform. The songs on Donuts are not hip hop music as “hip hop music” is typically defined; they careen and crash into each other, in one moment noisy and abrasive, gorgeous and heartbreaking the next. The samples and melodies tell the story of a man coming to terms with his declining health, a final love letter to the family and friends he was leaving behind. As a prolific producer with a voracious appetite for the history and mechanics of the music he loved, J Dilla knew the records that went into constructing Donuts inside and out. He could have taken them all and made a much different, more accessible album. If the widely accepted view is that his final work is a record about dying, the question becomes why did he make this record about dying?
Drawing from philosophy, critical theory and musicology, as well as Dilla’s own musical catalogue, Jordan Ferguson shows that the contradictory, irascible and confrontational music found on Donuts is as much a result of an artist’s declining health as it is an example of what scholars call “late style,” placing the album in a musical tradition that stretches back centuries.

Name Tagging - Martha Cooper (Hardback book)

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You cant stop graffiti photography legend Martha Cooper from scoping out fresh work from some of the scenes biggest names and most prolific writers, even if it means she has to walk back and forth across the worlds greatest cities. In Name Tagging, Cooper presents a dizzying array of Hello My Name Is stickers adorned with tags, the origin of graffiti and todays street art cultures. Graffiti mythology credits TAKI 183 as one of the first people to be known for tagging all over New York City. But no one can pinpoint exactly when graffiti writers started using stickers to practice, hone and disseminate their tags. ZEPHYR recalls seeing tags on nametag stickers as early as 1973, though they began to appear with much more regularity in the late 70s and early 80s. What Coopers introduction, artist interviews and photographs make clear, however, is that no matter when the tradition began, it has spread all over the world, with artists famed and anonymous taking advantage of the accessibility and practicality of nametag stickers. From CLAW MONEY and NECK FACE to TWIST, SURE, FAUST, COSBE and many, many more, Coopers camera has captured the artistry and audacity of these artists and their distinctive tags. Where Coopers last book with MBP, Going Postal, focused on postal sticker art with an emphasis on street art, Name Tagging recognizes the variety and innovation of tags, crediting the forms history while demonstrating how old school methods breed some of todays most exciting graffiti.

Tag Town: The Origins of Writing by Martha Cooper (107 pages Paperback Book)

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Every graffiti writer began his or her writing career with a tag. For those who learn to read tags, a world of aesthetic expression and communication opens up. Tags are a universal language - the jazz of lettering. The photos in Tag Town, dating back to the 1960s, introduce us to the origins of New York style graffiti, containing rare photos of work on the street by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. Accompanying text is based on interviews with New York graffiti pioneers Blade, Part I and Snake I.

 Subway Art - Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant - Hard Back - German Version

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In 1984, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant captured the imagination of a generation with Subway Art, a groundbreaking book documenting the work of graffiti writers who illegally painted subway cars in New York City. The 2009 edition of the book is now available in a new, slightly reduced format. Henry Chalfant's images of the trains retain their impact, while Martha Cooper's narrative pictures tell the story. In the introductions, the authors recall how they gained entry to the New York graffiti community in the 1970s and 1980s and describe the techniques that they used to photograph it. Afterwords report how the lives of the original subway artists have unfolded, and chronicle the end of the subway graffiti scene in the late 1980s and its unexpected rebirth as a global art movement. This is an essential book for all fans of graffiti, stunning photography and 1980s-cool.

 Subway Art - Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant - Soft Back

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In 1984, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant captured the imagination of a generation with Subway Art, a groundbreaking book documenting the work of graffiti writers who illegally painted subway cars in New York City. The 2009 edition of the book is now available in a new, slightly reduced format. Henry Chalfant's images of the trains retain their impact, while Martha Cooper's narrative pictures tell the story. In the introductions, the authors recall how they gained entry to the New York graffiti community in the 1970s and 1980s and describe the techniques that they used to photograph it. Afterwords report how the lives of the original subway artists have unfolded, and chronicle the end of the subway graffiti scene in the late 1980s and its unexpected rebirth as a global art movement. This is an essential book for all fans of graffiti, stunning photography and 1980s-cool.

Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Wax Facts, Straight from the Original Artists The 80's (Paperback)

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Not many books have fully explored hip hop album history, fewer still have got the words from the horses mouth about how these works of wonder came about. Key albums covered here include BDP's 'Criminal Minded' (KRS-One tells his life story, amazing insights), EPMD's 'Strictly Business'

Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists (346 pages Paperback Book)

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Flipping through the 350 pages, you are reminded time and time again of how far rap has changed from its days as a way for Bronx kids to pass the time. For example, reading Kool Herc's list of top old school DJs or the roll call of acts that used two DJs makes you yearn for the moment when DJs were an essential, integrated part of the hip hop experience, and not isolated into the snobbish turntablist set. It's not just the DJ memorials that give you cause for reflection. Reliving classic emcee battles seems quaint compared to the significantly hotter water rappers find themselves in today. And perusing milestones such as the first acts signed to major labels or early examples of hip-hop cinema are a valuable lesson for a generation that has grown up with rap as the cultural norm as its influence has spread into nearly facet of global pop culture.

Beats to the Rhyme by Albert D. Patterson (Hardcover)

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Author Al Patterson started collecting vinyl in school. He's since amassed a serious collection and deep knowledge of instrumental-only Hip Hop records. These, whether from the obscure depths of the underground or well-known Hip Hop acts, are catalogued alphabetically by artist and a photograph of the record's label. Each entry specifies the artist, title, format, producer, label, year and catalogue number as well as notes and anecdotes about the disc. Many were pressed in such small numbers that they'll never be seen outside the pages of this book.

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting Book (2nd Edition, Hardcover + Slipcase)

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Slipcase version includes:
* Slipcase cover with blind de-boss and red foil stamping.
This is the second and revised edition of Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, Eilon PazÕs 436-page coffee-table book that illuminates over 130 vinyl collectors and their collections in the most intimate of environments-their record rooms. With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with in-depth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging for more records.
Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 13 full-length interviews that delve deeper into collectorsÕ personal histories and vinyl troves.
Second edition includes a new and exclusive full interview with Questlove as well as with Gilles Peterson, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), The Gaslamp Killer, Egon and more

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting Book (2nd Edition, Hardcover)

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This is the second and revised edition of Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, Eilon Paz's 436-page coffee-table book that illuminates over 130 vinyl collectors and their collections in the most intimate of environments-their record rooms. With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with in-depth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging for more records.
Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 13 full-length interviews that delve deeper into collectorsÕ personal histories and vinyl troves.
Second edition includes a new and exclusive full interview with Questlove as well as with Gilles Peterson, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), The Gaslamp Killer, Egon and more

Dust & Grooves Postcard Box

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A box set of 48 postcards containing photographs by Eilon Paz from the Dust & Grooves archives.

Check The Technique by Brian Coleman (509 pages book)

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This is a really great read for all hip-hop fans, and essential hip-hop history is documented in here. It also gives you a lot more of an appreciation for some of hip-hop's classics and lets you delve deeper into the work of the golden age artists. Highly recommended.

Hip Hop Family Tree Book 1

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From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopaedic history of the formative years of the music genre that has changed global culture. Originally serialised on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, Hip Hop Family Tree has been collected in a single volume cleverly presented in a style evocative of the Marvel comics of the same era. Captured are the vivid personalities of stars like DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, as well as three kids who later become RUN-DMC.

Hip Hop Family Tree Book 2

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Following the runaway success of the original Hip Hop Family Tree, Ed Piskor hits us with another block-rocking instalment. The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great mythological medium - the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopaedic history of the formative years of the music genre that has changed global culture.

Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide

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A mighty read. Collated and edited by cult California funk & hip hop DJ Oliver Wang, with forword by Dante Ross. This neat 7-inch sized softback collects thoughts and stories on over sixty classic rap albums that run from Afrika Bambaataa to the Wu Tang. Reviewed with great wit and knowledge by various reknowned u.s. and european hip hop writers including Chairman Mao, Dave Tompkins, Mosi Reeves, Peter Shapiro and David Toop. Passionetely constructed criticism thatÕs as exciting as the music it documents.


DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Play Afrika Bambaataa : Renegades Of Rhythm Exclusive Tour Book

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To commemorate Cut Chemist & DJ Shadows Renegades Of Rhythm tour Boo Hooray has prepared this limited edition tour book. Inside you'll find exclusive texts by DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist and Afrika Bambaataa detailing the history of the Zulu Nation, the history of Hip Hop DJ-ing and Bambaataa as well.
Included are full color reproductions of numerous original records, test pressing and acetates from Afrika Bambaataa's collection. As DJ Shadow says of the records used on the tour and featured in the book, "They're his records, with his blessings. this isn't just ANY copy of 'X' breakbeat, it's THE copy, THE copy that started everything."
Also included are full color images of dozens of funky-fresh, original Bambaataa hip hop flyers (examples below), rare drawings, rare photographs and more including lists of Bambaataa's favorite breaks.

Check The Technique Volume 2 by Brian Coleman (Includes a Smif-N-Wessun 7-inch)

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540+ PAGES, 25 CHAPTERS, 80+ INTERVIEWS, AND OVER 350 IMAGES.
FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH: ICE CUBE, 3RD BASS, STETSASONIC, MANTRONIX, NAUGHTY BY NATURE, RAEKWON, MF DOOM, DR. OCTAGON, DJ JAZZY JEFF, THE COUP, EDO G, LORD FINESSE, YASIIN BEY (MOS DEF) & TALIB KWELI, COMPANY FLOW AND DOZENS MORE.



Presenting never-before-told, behind-the-scenes histories ranging from influential '80s masterpieces like DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 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 Dr. Octagon's Dr. Octagonecologyst, the book's approach is one that Coleman calls Invisible Liner Notes Š retracing the story of an album step by step, in collaboration with the artists themselves. Weighing in at over 540 pages, the 25-chapter book includes lively, in-depth, provocative interviews with more than 80 artists, DJs, producers and industry insiders. All in all, 325 hip-hop songs are discussed and dissected, by the artists who made them.

Two sample chapters from the book Š 3rd Bass' The Cactus Album (celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014) and Smif-N-Wessun's Dah Shinin' (from 1995) Š can be found at this URL for a limited time: https://medium.com/@briancoleman

Kenny Dope - The Wild Style Breakbeats Box Set

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KAY-DEE RECORDS takes things to the next level with the debut of its "Book Series". Kenny's vision for Kay-Dee's first book was to create a premium set with a mix of well-known and never-before-seen "Wild Style" photos, in addition to liner notes detailing the stories behind the music of one of his favorite films. Get On Down & Kay Dee have come together to release this impressive and historically-significant musical trophy item:
The Wild Style Breakbeats
The book features the following elements:
-13 songs total, spread out over seven "big hole" 45s (each with a different label color)
-Re-EQed audio with re-edited / extended audio versions of each song, modified from original source tapes -Extensive liner notes in a 28-page book, including dozens of images Š from "Wild Style" director Charlie Ahearn, among other sources Š as well as interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein and GrandWizzard Theodore -The 14th side (the B-side of the seventh 45) features unique etchings with different "Wild Style" graphics -Unique "Kay-Dee Casebook" packaging Š all seven 7-inches fit into a book as self-contained pages

Beat Box : A Drum Machine Obsession (Record Store Day Version) by Joe Mansfield

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Record Store Day Release Includes:
- Beat Box book which features 75 drum machines from author Joe Mansfield's personal collection, with more than 200 photos by Award Winning photographer Gary Land and Foreword by Dave Tompkins
- Limited Edition Slipcase with different cover art
- Cassette Tape with 18 beats recreated by Joe Mansfield using the original Drum Machines
- 7" Record with a recreated beat of 808 classic "Paul Revere" - and the reverse groove of it on the B Side. (Also important to note that on the reverse groove side - Paul Revere beat forward
- it starts playing from the inner groove)
- Download Card with Bonus Beats

It all started with one machine. The location was Boston, Mass. The year was 1986. The "beat box" in question was the TR-808. Almost three decades later, Mansfield's obsession with drum machines has finally spilled out of his home and climate-controlled storage space into the world at large. With Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession (Get On Down Publishing), the Boston-based hip-hop producer and music industry veteran - who helped bring the world Edo G's "I Got To Have It" and "Be A Father To Your Child" in the early '90s, and went on to found Traffic Entertainment Group and co-found Get On Down - shares his deep love and respect for "Beat Boxes" on every page.

The book itself features gorgeous photos of 75 drum machines by Gary Land (www.garylandphotography.com); background and facts about each machine gathered by Mansfield; archival advertisements; and interviews with master drum machine programmers and innovators including Davy DMX, Schoolly-D, Marshall Jefferson and Roger Linn. The range of drum machines covered spans several decades, from the 1950s to the late 1980s.

Mansfield's collecting has never been about machines-as-trophies, hoarding or fetishism: he can play and/or program each machine he details in the book. His electronic children aren't kept in plastic, never to be touched or used. That's what gives the book its heart - Mansfield's emotional attachment to these objects that many people still see as robotic replacements for human percussion. But, as any good drum machine manipulator knows, even machines can have soul. And lest readers forget, Mansfield reminds us that drum machines have been used in the rock and pop world since the 1970s: Sly & The Family Stone, Kraftwerk, the Yellow Magic Orchestra and Blondie all benefited from beat boxes on their hits, as did artists ranging from New Order and Madonna to Prince and Bruce Hornsby in the '80s.

All of these aspects encompassing the wide-ranging and complex history of drum machines are documented and discussed in words and images in Beat Box, helmed and overseen by Joe Mansfield's expertise. It is part encyclopedia, part coffee-table photo book, and will enthrall music, technology and photography fans around the world.


Hip Hop Family Tree 1975-1983 Gift Box Set (Volume 1 + Volume 2)

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Collecting both block-rocking instalments of the Hip Hop Family Tree. The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great mythological medium - the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopaedic history of the formative years of the music genre that has changed global culture. In this double edition box set, volume, Piskor captures the flavour of '70s and early '80s NYC in panels bursting with colour.

 Waxpoetics - Cover Story - Volume Two: Odd, Obscure and Outrageous Album Art (Paperback)

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A team of obsessive collectors has gathered together a unique and worldly selection of rare covers that spins bizarre and mind-boggling narratives. We are not deciphering mysteries, only adding to their mythos. ***Please note this copy is new but has slight wear due to shelf storage***

Cause We Got Style!: European Hip Hop Posing from the 80s and Early 90s (Hardback book)

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An astonishing collection of early European hip hop pose photos. In the early days of hip hop, American youth culture was still hard to come by and many young people in Europe had to work out their own ways of incorporating it into their lives. Most of the photos in Cause We Got Style are snaphots taken by kids on their way to a concert, next to a freshly painted graffiti piece or in their rooms at hom. The result is as charming as it is revealing.

KRS-One - The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument [Hardcover]

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The Gospel of Hip Hop: First Instrument, the first book from the I Am Hip Hop, is the philosophical masterwork of KRS ONE. Set in the format of the Christian Bible, this 800-plus-page opus is a life-guide manual for members of Hip Hop Kulture that combines classic philosophy with faith and practical knowledge for a fascinating, in-depth exploration of Hip Hop as a life path. Known as "The Teacha," KRS ONE developed his unique outlook as a homeless teen in Brooklyn, New York, engaging his philosophy of self-creation to become one of the most respected emcees in Hip Hop history. Respected as Hip Hop's true steward, KRS ONE painstakingly details the development of the culture and the ways in which we, as "Hiphoppas," can and should preserve its future.
"The Teacha" also discusses the origination of Hip Hop Kulture and relays specific instances in history wherein one can discover the same spirit and ideas that are at the core of Hip Hop's current manifestation. He explains Hip Hop down to the actual meaning and linguistic history of the words "hip" and "hop," and describes the ways in which "Hiphoppas" can change their current circumstances to create a future that incorporates Health, Love, Awareness, and Wealth (H-LAW).
Committed to fervently promoting self-reliance, dedicated study, peace, unity, and truth, The "Teacha" has drawn both criticism and worship from within and from outside of Hip Hop Kulture. In this beautifully written, inspiring book, KRS ONE shines the light of truth, from his own empirical research over a 14-year period, into the fascinating world of Hip Hop.

Yes Yes Y'All - Oral History of Hip Hop's First Decade by Jim Fricke & Charlie Ahearn (350 page Paperback), USED but very good condition

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An essential book for all hip hop fans. Possibly the best read on the early days of hip hop from the people that were actually involved. This take you deeper than the average story of the birth of hip hop.

 The 73 Funsgine Book by Jason Jagel & Madlib (Stones Throw Harcover and 10" Madlib Vinyl)

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This large-format, full-color monograph by contemporary artist Jason Jagel features over 200 images from Jagel's career, largely focusing on his current practice. His sometimes-loose, sometimes-tight narrative gouache paintings populate this oversize publication. Music references, family life, and the humming buzz of the street are often found in a single, sprawling image. His work includes fictional and actual album cover paintings, records made of paper, narrative vinyl "grooves" made of pencil and paintings inspired by specific songs, albums and artists. Jagell's connection to music has been strengthened by the use of his paintings as record cover designs for the LA-based hip-hop label Stones Throw, among others. Stones ThrowÕs major artist, Madlib, has three exclusive tracks that appear on a companion 10-inch vinyl record with its own full-color sleeve designed by Jagel. Contributors include Madlib, Jeff Jank, Nate Denver.

Book: 14" X 12" X 1", 208 colorpages
Vinyl: 10-inch EP with 3 exclusive tracks by Madlib's Yesterdays Universe: 'Prelude', 'Monkfunkin' & 'El-Jay'

 Waxpoetics - Cover Story - Album Cover Art (Volume 1, Paperback)

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This is the second book by esteemed music journal Wax Poetics, it graphically narrates the vibrant subculture of record collecting through the art of the album cover. It's a must-have for record connoisseurs and art aficionados alike. Illustrated as a visual essay, Cover Story exhibits the diverse art forms and design styles of the record cover, each telling its own story.

Soul Unsung: Reflections on the Band in Black Popular Music (Popular Music History) [Illustrated] [Hardcover] by Kevin Le Gendre

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The history of Soul music has been defined, first and foremost, by a succession of exceptional vocalists. It is impossible to conceive of the genre without them. This does not mean, however, that those who back singers, those who play instruments bassists; drummers; guitarists; keyboardists; saxophonists were reduced to nothing other than walk on parts. If Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding were able to move audiences, then their band members and arrangers, the likes of King Curtis and Booker T. Jones, played a key role in creating tracks that had commensurate emotional depth and technical ingenuity. These lesser known figures have heightened our listening pleasure. In Soul Unsung Kevin Le Gendre celebrates the contribution of players of instruments to soul. He analyses, in forensic detail, the inspiring creativity and imagination that several generations of musicians have brought to black pop, and highlights how they have broadened its sound canvas by adopting unusual stylistic approaches and embracing the latest available technology. Furthermore, the book offers insights into the state of contemporary soul and its relationship with jazz, rock and hip-hop. It is precisely because soul has not evolved in a vacuum that it has a canon that is enviably rich in variety. Soul Unsung shines a light on the plethora of mesmerising sounds that constitute this heritage and explains why they affect the listener as much as a great singer. Placing the focus squarely on the band, Le Gendre sets out to change perceptions of one of the great forms of expression to have marked popular culture in the 20th century, so that those who play are given, alongside those who sing, their rightful place in the pantheon of contemporary music.


Behind the Beat: Hip Hop Home Studios

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Behind the Beat: Hip Hop Home Studios is a book by Raph where the home studios of twenty eight notable Hip-Hop producers are photographed, along with brief descriptions of the producers and their studios. It was published in 2005 by Gingko Press.

Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession (Rhythm Composer TR-909)

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VINYL FORMAT. Two flexi-discs, one clear and one orange, featuring the sounds of the TR-909, narrated by the great Schoolly D, with cuts by DJ 7L. Also included are instrumental remakes of Schoolly D's hits 'P.S.K.' and 'Gucci Time,' created with the 909. This unique release detailing the history of the TR-909 is excerpted from the upcoming coffee table book by one of America's foremost collector of drum machines, Joe Mansfield. This special 20 page book filled with original advertising, technical specs, and tons of photos will delight collectors and music fans alike.

The Nasty - Terrible T-Kid 170 (Hardback book)


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The life story of graffiti writer T-Kid 170 from gang member to style mentor for urban youth. At the age of 16, Julius Cavero was shot three times in a gang shoot out in a park. He only just survived, and while lying in hospital with little else to do he began to draw, and it was there that he chose to become T-Kid 170. He grew up in the golden age of hip hop and became one of the leading figures in the emerging New York graffiti scene. His work was also reproduced in the seminal Subway Art and he was soon an international star. This is the uncensored Bronx hip hop story.

 Wild Style The Sampler by Charlie Ahearn (Hardcover) £24.99 Add to basket

In 1982, a small, independent movie written, produced, and directed by Charlie Ahearn was released, first in Germany, Japan, and Cannes, then finally in Times Square. Wild Style, the first film to unite the underground urban art forms of nascent hip hop cultureŃDJing, MCing, b-boying, and graff writingŃwas filmed on location in the South Bronx without permits or pretensions. Some 25 years after its release, Wild Style is truly a classic, having inspired countless artists, musicians, and writers with unforgettable scenes starring the era's most memorable personalities. To celebrate the film's silver anniversary, WILD STYLE: THE SAMPLER provides an inside look at the making of the film, its release, and the reverberations it caused around the world. Narrated by Ahearn, the book introduces us to a cast of characters and outrageous adventures through a carefully curated collection of never-before-published photographs, original artwork, production stills, archival materials, and personal stories from stars Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quinones, LADY PINK, ZEPHYR, Patti Astor, Busy Bee, Grandmaster Caz, and Glenn OÕBrien, as well as insights into the filmÕs influence by artists and writers including Sacha Jenkins, Melle Mel, Biz Markie, Cut Chemist, and DJ Krush. Recounting the film's influence over the past quarter century, WILD STYLE: THE SAMPLER offers incomparable insight into hip hopÕs most indelible film.

J-Zone - Root For The Villain - Rap, Bullshit And A Celebration Of Failure (Old Maid Books)

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Finally here: the number 1 bestseller at Norwegian beef patty shops, the most original book on rap & bullshit to date, written by the one and only J-Zone. Already approved by Prince Paul, Danger Mouse & Dante Ross. So what's left for you? Buy it, you will need it in your life!

Art in the Streets - by Museum Contemporary Art Los Angeles (Hardcover)

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The first large-scale American museum exhibition to survey the colorful history of graffiti and street art movements internationally. Highlighting the connection between graffiti and street art and other vibrant subcultures, such as those that developed around Hip Hop in the Bronx and skateboarding in Southern California, Art in the Streets explores parallel movements in dance and music. The exhibition is curated by MoCA Director Jeffrey Deitch, working with a curatorial advisory committee that includes Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose.

Graffiti New York book by Eric 'DEAL CIA' Felisbret (Hardback Book)

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Graffiti New York is the comprehensive history of New York City graffiti from the late 1960s up until present day. In a fashion that strikes a balance between strong visuals and brief but substantive text and interviews, it presents the big picture of the city that gave birth to a global visual/social revolution. Decades after the movement globalized, New York is still the Mecca of graffiti culture. Painting there is a badge of honor, with graffiti artists from around the globe making pilgrimages to New York for that purpose. This is the city where it all began, yet few know the back story. "Graffiti New York" fills that gap, detailing the concepts, aesthetics, ideals and social structures that have served as a cultural blueprint for graffiti movements across the world. The book features approximately 1,000 images, complemented by texts by the authors and other relevant players in the movement, as well as descriptive graphics and sidebars. Spanning the birth of simple signature tags to today's vibrant murals, covering the movement's growth, its social framework and values, the various forms of graffiti and significant artists and crews, "Graffiti New York" presents the big picture like no other.


Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Hardcover)

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In association with Def Jam, a celebration of the first twenty-five years of the label that defined hip-hop music and culture, in the words and photographs of its founders and artists. This is the story of Def Jam in the words of its artists and top executives, taken from interviews and seamlessly told as a narrative of no-holds barred recollections and anecdotes, made even more compelling by the fact that Def Jam is one of the last great record labels to enjoy the widespread cultural influence that it does, in light of the increasing digitization of music. Def Jam celebrates a label that defined hip-hop and whose impact extends beyond its incredible roster of recording artists to all areas of culture--fashion, lifestyle, cinema, art--impacting the music business and pop culture forever. In 1984, Def Jam introduced a new kind of music and lifestyle--hip-hop--through aspiring record producer and punk-rocker Rick Rubin and party promoter/artist manager Russell Simmons. It has become the sound of young America, akin to Motown in the sixties. This is the first book to see the label whole: through an oral history woven from interviews (some exclusive) with its founders and artists such as LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Ja Rule, Rihanna, Ashanti, and Kanye West, as well as through rare memorabilia from personal archives of the label's movers and shakers: behind-the-scenes photos, flyers, advertisements, movie posters, album cover art, magazine covers, and press clips from around the world. It also showcases images from some of the best-known photographers of the era, including Albert Watson, Glen E. Friedman, Jonathan Mannion, and Annie Leibovitz. It is designed by Cey Adams, Def JamÕs founding creative director and is an insider's portrait of the last great record label.


The Birth of Graffiti - Jon Naar and Sacha Jenkins (Paperback)

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Presents photographs documenting New York graffiti's emergence.

The Faith of Graffiti By Norman Mailer & Jon Naar (Paperback)

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Getting Up - Subway Graffiti in New York (190 page Paperback Book)

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Castleman gives a good historical introduction to graffiti and it's beginnings, his interviews are with the main writers of the time, such as Lee, and so this is a strong review of how it all started.

Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC - James T. Murray & Karla L. Murray (Hardback)

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Full of vibrant, energetic and explosive images, Broken Windows Š Graffiti NYC documents the flowering of the graffiti movement of the post-train era.

Spraycan Art Henry Chalfant & James Prigoff (Vintage Original Issue)

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Absolutely essential !! Like Subway Art but with a global scope of the phenomonon as it spread to the subways and streets of Europe and beyond. Features the young Mode 2, 3D (Massive Attack) , Goldie , Bando and all the U.S. legends of the day. Incredible to this day !!


 Graffiti Kings Jack Stewart

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This rare, first-hand account of the birth of the New York subway graffiti movement during the 1970s is the first and only graffiti book to reveal what happened behind the scenes when writers put their lives on the line to grab a scrap of fame from a faceless urban landscape. Through personal interviews and over 275 full-color, unpublished photographs, the colourful origins of subway graffiti are brought to life.Legends such as Taki 183, Bama 1, Phase 2, and CoCo 144 - as well as the city officials who saw the writers as public menaces and their art as vandalism - give accounts of every-day struggles, each full of new advancements, excitement and risk. Alongside archival photographs of everything from vibrant bubble-letter and 3-D pieces to the Holy Grail, are maps, images and ephemera that help fill out this story. A celebration in words and pictures of graffiti's Golden Age, "Graffiti Kings" is a book sure to be coveted by those fascinated and inspired by this uniquely American urban art form.w

 The 73 Funsgine Book by Jason Jagel & Madlib (Stones Throw Harcover and 10" Madlib Vinyl)

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This large-format, full-color monograph by contemporary artist Jason Jagel features over 200 images from Jagel's career, largely focusing on his current practice. His sometimes-loose, sometimes-tight narrative gouache paintings populate this oversize publication. Music references, family life, and the humming buzz of the street are often found in a single, sprawling image. His work includes fictional and actual album cover paintings, records made of paper, narrative vinyl "grooves" made of pencil and paintings inspired by specific songs, albums and artists. Jagell's connection to music has been strengthened by the use of his paintings as record cover designs for the LA-based hip-hop label Stones Throw, among others. Stones ThrowÕs major artist, Madlib, has three exclusive tracks that appear on a companion 10-inch vinyl record with its own full-color sleeve designed by Jagel. Contributors include Madlib, Jeff Jank, Nate Denver.

Book: 14" X 12" X 1", 208 colorpages
Vinyl: 10-inch EP with 3 exclusive tracks by Madlib's Yesterdays Universe: 'Prelude', 'Monkfunkin' & 'El-Jay'

 The Breaks Stylin' and Profilin' 1982-1990 by Janette Becknam (Hardcover)

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In the fall of 1982, celebrated photographer of the British music scene Janette Beckman moved to New York City, where she found hip hop on the edge of explosion. After a decade underground, the DJs, MCs, b-boys, fly girls, and graff writers were finally getting their due from the downtown crowd. While trains were covered in graffiti and boomboxes were blasting on the corners, DJs were up in the clubs while the dancers rocked the floor. Artists were getting signed and local legends were born. And while others called hip hop a fad, Beckman knew better. Her photographs, collected in The Breaks: Stylin' and Profilin' 1982 -1990 transport us back to a time before music videos, marketing departments, and uber-stylists took control. The queen of the 80s album cover, Beckman shot the icons of the era: Afrika Bambaataa, GrandMaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Fearless Four, the World Famous Supreme Team, Lovebug Starski, SaltÕnÕPepa, Run-DMC, Stetsasonic, UTFO, Roxanne Shante, Sweet T, Jazzy Joyce, Slick Rick, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. and Rakim, EPMD, NWA, Ice-T, 2 Live Crew, Tone Loc, Gang Starr, Ultramagnetic MCs, Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, Special Ed, Leaders of the New School, Jungle Brothers, Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin, and countless others. The era was as original as it was innocent, and BeckmanÕs images remind us of a culture that brought forth The Message before it got Paid in Full.

 Public Access - Ricky Powell Photograph 1985 - 2005 hardback book

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"Ricky Powell, aka the Rickster, has seen a lot of history. He has worked variously as a busboy, bike messenger, Frozade vender, substitute teacher, columnist, cable television host, comic, and dog walker. But he is best known as a wisecracking, self-described "playground rat" who used his beat-up Minolta and party-crashing skills to become a nightlife fixture and a chronicler of the then-exploding world of hip hop." The New York Times For two decades, Ricky Powell has prowled the streets of his native New York, toured the world with hip hop's biggest acts, and full-on crashed celebrity-studded parties on both coasts. Equipped with only his wits and an instamatic camera, Powell elbowed his way into the center of the scene with no shame. "It's for public access," Powell could be heard, pleading for an interview with a pizza shop owner on his cult cable TV show, "Rappin' with the Rickster." Powell knows access is everything, and he delivers. In Public Access: Ricky Powell Photographs 1985Š2005, Powell presents the actors, musicians, performers, and artists that inspired him, including Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Eric B. and Rakim, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Eazy E, Method Man, LL Cool J, Fab 5 Freddy, Steven Tyler, Nina Hagen, John Sex, John Lee Hooker, LeRoy Neiman, Martha Graham, Elizabeth Taylor, Paloma Picasso, Calvin Klein, Barbara Walters, Grace Jones, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Debi Mazar, Cindy Crawford, Elvira, Dondi, Doze, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol, among many others. Also presented in Public Access are Powell's never-before-published collaborations with top artists, graffiti writers, and photographers including Ron Galella, Ron English, Phil Frost, Lee Quinones, Sam Flores, David Choe, Dalek, DR. REVOLT, ZEPHYR, QUIK, TEAM, DAZE, SEEN, KAWS, JEST, BIGFOOT, SSUR, and HAZE, among others.

 Wax Poetics Anthology Vol. 1 Hard Back Book (Wax Poetics)

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Anthologies are uneven by natur<br>e, and in the case of the first Wax Poetics collection, it's especially understandable. Wax Poetics Anthology: Volume 1 collects 31 pieces from the first five issues of the well-loved Brooklyn-based music fanzine, which is devoted to funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, Latin, and other DJ-beloved styles.
Still, the fandom driving the magazine is infectious, and the best pieces are simply essential. Andrew Mason wisely presents his interview with hip-hop producer Prince Paul in as-told-to first-person, and Paul's clear-eyed reminiscences jump off the page. Equally entertaining are the Q&As with former James Brown bassist Sweet Charles Sherrell (capped with a wild tale of the sideman hijacking the Godfather Of Soul's equipment) and pioneering graffiti artist Tracy 168, plus a gripping roundtable on the 1983 graffiti documentary Style Wars, with directors Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver. Still, a large part of Anthology's draw, as with Wax Poetics the magazine, is how gorgeous it looks: Many pieces come with lovingly reproduced album covers and 45 labels, arrayed neatly like so much record-collector porn. Even for those who don't particularly care about obscure Texas funk entrepreneurs like Timothy McNealy, who gets a brief Q&A here, the Wax Poetics crew take such care in presenting them alongside the bigger names that it's easy to get drawn in.


 Waxpoetics Anthology Vol 2 (Hardcover)

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When wax poetics debuted in 2001, many magazines were covering the artists of the day, but coverage on the classical material was noticably lacking. This second volume continues in the magazine's tradition of bridging the gap. From Jazz pioneers to Eugene McDaniels, Sun Ra and Joe Zawinul to influential hip-hop artists like DJ Premier and the Beastie Boys. By presenting a diverse array of puzzle peices, this collection gives readers the opportunity to make connections themselves.

 Can't Stop Won't Stop (Hardcover)
Jeff Chang Introduction By DJ Kool Herc

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 Turntable Timmy (Hardcover) (DJ Q-Bert Skratch Audio CD Included)
Michael Perry, Illustrated by Doug Cunningham

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 Back In The Days (Hardcover)
Photographs by Jamel Shabazz - Hardback

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 Ego Trip's Big Book of Racism!(Paperback)
Sacha Jenkins, Elliott Wilson, Chairman Mao
Gabriel Alvarez & Brent Rollins

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 Rap Attack 3rd Edition - Original Paperback (Now Out Of Print)
David Toop

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 Who Shot Ya? (Hardback)
Three Deacades of Hip-Hop History
Photos by Ernie Paniccioli

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 The Art Of Getting Over - Stephen Powers (Hardback)
Hardback, full-colour Graff Book

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 R.I.P. Memorial Wall Art (Paperback)
Martha Cooper And Joseph Sciorra

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 Enamelized (1st Edition Paperback)
Roger Gastman
Graff images

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