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B-Boy Document Winter 2021

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We've smashed it out the park again with another 200 page doozy.

Our new magazine drops in March and features:

Benny The Butcher, Black Soprano Family, Che, Ankhlejohn, Sole, Mark Rae, Torae, Abstract Mindstate, Rita J, maticulous, Wishmaster, Andre Torres, J57 & Dillon, Mykill Miers, Top Shelf Premium, Kurious, MC Paul Barman, Fresh Daily, Shortie No Mass, Speech, Configa, Skiz Fernandez, Configa, DJ Shay tribute, plus a few other bits and pieces too.


B-Boy Document - DJ Hollywood (Seventies Issue)

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This issue is brimming with first generation Hip Hop legends. In this issue we feature:

Grand Wizzard Theodore, DJ Hollywood, Master Gee of Sugarhill Gang, Rahiem of the Furious Five, Mr. Wave, Pop Master Fabel, DJ Red Alert, Cholly Rock, The Disco Twins, MC Sha-Rock, The Rock Steady Crew, Terrible T-Kid, Cornbread, Busy Bee, DJ Lord Yoda X and many more legends.


B-Boy Document - Pop Master Fabel (Seventies Issue)

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This issue is brimming with first generation Hip Hop legends. In this issue we feature:

Grand Wizzard Theodore, DJ Hollywood, Master Gee of Sugarhill Gang, Rahiem of the Furious Five, Mr. Wave, Pop Master Fabel, DJ Red Alert, Cholly Rock, The Disco Twins, MC Sha-Rock, The Rock Steady Crew, Terrible T-Kid, Cornbread, Busy Bee, DJ Lord Yoda X and many more legends.


B-Boy Document - Red Alert (Seventies Issue)

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This issue is brimming with first generation Hip Hop legends. In this issue we feature:

Grand Wizzard Theodore, DJ Hollywood, Master Gee of Sugarhill Gang, Rahiem of the Furious Five, Mr. Wave, Pop Master Fabel, DJ Red Alert, Cholly Rock, The Disco Twins, MC Sha-Rock, The Rock Steady Crew, Terrible T-Kid, Cornbread, Busy Bee, DJ Lord Yoda X and many more legends.


B-Boy Document - Master Gee (Seventies Issue)

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This issue is brimming with first generation Hip Hop legends. In this issue we feature:

Grand Wizzard Theodore, DJ Hollywood, Master Gee of Sugarhill Gang, Rahiem of the Furious Five, Mr. Wave, Pop Master Fabel, DJ Red Alert, Cholly Rock, The Disco Twins, MC Sha-Rock, The Rock Steady Crew, Terrible T-Kid, Cornbread, Busy Bee, DJ Lord Yoda X and many more legends.


B-Boy Document - Grand Wizzard Theodore (Seventies Issue)

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This issue is brimming with first generation Hip Hop legends. In this issue we feature:

Grand Wizzard Theodore, DJ Hollywood, Master Gee of Sugarhill Gang, Rahiem of the Furious Five, Mr. Wave, Pop Master Fabel, DJ Red Alert, Cholly Rock, The Disco Twins, MC Sha-Rock, The Rock Steady Crew, Terrible T-Kid, Cornbread, Busy Bee, DJ Lord Yoda X and many more legends.


B-Boy Document - Coke La Rock (Seventies Issue)

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Please note this is a reissue of the classic issue that sold last year.

We are honoured and privileged to bring to you a piece of Hip Hop history: The Universal Hip Hop Museum issue of B-Boy Document. This edition is an exclusive collectors edition which is packed with exclusive interviews and photographs - shout out to Photo Rob. Rocking it at 144 pages, over 90,000 words and as usual it's advert free this one is not to be missed. Our 24th issue of B-Boy Document stars: Rocky Bucano, Prime Minister Pete Nice, Paradise Grey of X-Clan, Martha Diaz, Adam Silverstein, Nana Ashhurst, Elai Tubo, Michael Holman, Haitian Star, Reggie Peters, Ed Young, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Mark Green, Cutman LG, SenYon Kelly, MC Globe and Chuck D. Plus we asked over 50 old school legends what was the first Rap record and received an ocean over different responses.


B-Boy Document - The Universal Hip Hop Museum Issue (Reissue)

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Please note this is a reissue of the classic issue that sold last year.

We are honoured and privileged to bring to you a piece of Hip Hop history: The Universal Hip Hop Museum issue of B-Boy Document. This edition is an exclusive collectors edition which is packed with exclusive interviews and photographs - shout out to Photo Rob. Rocking it at 144 pages, over 90,000 words and as usual it's advert free this one is not to be missed. Our 24th issue of B-Boy Document stars: Rocky Bucano, Prime Minister Pete Nice, Paradise Grey of X-Clan, Martha Diaz, Adam Silverstein, Nana Ashhurst, Elai Tubo, Michael Holman, Haitian Star, Reggie Peters, Ed Young, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Mark Green, Cutman LG, SenYon Kelly, MC Globe and Chuck D. Plus we asked over 50 old school legends what was the first Rap record and received an ocean over different responses.


Rebels : From Punk to Dior (Janette Beckman)

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Covering four decades of photography the book serves as a stunning snapshot of Beckman's significance in the world of art, photojournalism, music, fashion, and popular culture - but most prevalently, it's a testament of her unique ability to extract beauty from the outliers of society. With written contributions from Beckman's peers including academia's Jason King, Chair of NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music & Vivien Goldman author & professor at NYU; journalists Vikki Tobak, and co-founder of PAPER, Kim Hastreiter; visual artist Cey Adams; music legends Sting, Run DMC, Paul Weller, Salt-n-Pepa, Belinda Carlisle, and Slick Rick; and fashion's Dapper Dan, Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri, Levi's Chad Hinson - From Punk to Dior showcases Janette Beckman's influence in her realm. In addition to publishing five books, Janette Beckman's work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide and is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Museum of the City of New York, and the British National Portrait Gallery. She is represented by the Fahey Klein Gallery.


DIG - ISSUE 14 - GOSPEL SPECIAL

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Kickstarting a redesign of the magazine, this Gospel-Special issue is guest-edited by Greg Belson. The new format has more pages (32), is larger in size (170 x 250mm), and is printed on lovely-smelling newsprint!

Please note that the three previous DIG DEEPER issues (Hip Hop, Boogie-Funk, and Brazil) are making up for issue numbers 11-13, hence why this issue is number 14.


DIG DEEPER – BOOGIE FUNK

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Continuing to celebrate the musical discoveries of some of the best diggers out there.

24 page CD-sized magazine with accompanying online mix.

Co-edited by guest Albin from boogie80.com


DIG DEEPER – BRAZIL

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Continuing to celebrate the musical discoveries of some of the best diggers out there.

28 page CD-sized magazine with accompanying online mix.

Guest-edited by Tee Cardaci.


DIG – Issue 10

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Continuing to celebrate the musical discoveries of some of the best diggers out there.

28 page CD-sized magazine with accompanying online mix.


DIG – Issue 7

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Continuing to celebrate the musical discoveries of some of the best diggers out there.

24 page CD-sized magazine with accompanying online mix.


DIG Vol 1 – Issues 1-3 combined

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The first three issues of DIG printed in a single 64-page magazine housed in a crate sleeve.

64 page CD-sized magazine with accompanying online mix.


Houston Rap: 2nd Edition (Lance Scott Walker & Johan Kugelberg)

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Second edition of the long-out-of-print book which Bun B declared ".... defines Houston hip-hop." Includes 32 new pages of never before seen photos and text, Northside/Southside Houston maps, and a complete index of the timeline and oral history of the scene. Houston Rap is an immersion into the everyday life of the Houston hip hop community. The second edition, hardcover 304 page book features the photography of Peter Beste, who spent 9 years documenting the culture alongside writer Lance Scott Walker. Houston Rap profiles noted artists such as Bun B of UGK, Z-Ro, Big Mike, K-Rino, Willie D of the Geto Boys, Lil’ Troy, and Paul Wall, alongside reflections on the lives of departed legends such as DJ Screw, Pimp C, and Big Hawk. The book also features community leaders, rappers, producers, businessmen, and family members, all providing important insight into a great American cultural narrative, and the second edition features even more details into this astonishing and influential scene.


Beastie Boys by Spike Jonze

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When they met for the first time in Los Angeles in 1993, the Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze were rising stars of their respective fields - the golden ages of both east coast hip hop and MTV. Immediately a connection formed between the three MCs and the young filmmaker, which has lasted throughout their careers. Twenty-five years later, this book collects for the first time more than two hundred of Spike Jonze's personal photographs of his time spent with the Beastie Boys.

Edited and with an afterword by Jonze, and including a foreword by Horovitz, this book shows the greatest act of the hip hop generation in their truest colours as only a close friend could see them. From going on stage at Lollapalooza to writing together at Mike D's apartment; getting into character for a video to dressing up as old men to hit the basketball court; recording an album in the studio in Los Angeles to goofing around in barber shops.

From the music video to Sabotage to the cover of the Sounds of Science album, Spike Jonze is responsible for some of the most iconic images of the band ever made - but here, the emphasis is on the candid, the unexpected, and the real.


For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul's Boutique (D. LeRoy And P. Relic)

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Think you know everything possible about the Beastie Boys classic album Paul’s Boutique? Think again. To commemorate the album’s 25th birthday, author Dan LeRoy and journalist Peter Relic joined forces to “drop the new science and kick the new knowledge” about this legendary 1989 release. The follow-up to LeRoy’s acclaimed 33 1/3 series volume about Paul’s Boutique, this all-new book is crammed with deep research and fresh information. Released on 6623 Press’s creator-owned 66 & 2/3 imprint, it’s a stunning new chapter in Beastie scholarship — and archaeology — that might just startle the band themselves. Learn about the newly-unearthed outtakes from Paul’s Boutique—including the album’s great lost single. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Capitol Records’ fateful decision to sign the Beasties and its controversial aftermath, featuring interviews with all the top label executives. Take a look at rare, forgotten Beastie artifacts. Then dig into the “Boutique Bouillabaisse,” a multi-part tribute to the album’s famous closing medley, jam-packed with inside information. Watch rap's densest lyric sheet take shape in pictures of notebook pages jotted during the Paul’s Boutique sessions. Go track-by-track through a rare Mike D mixtape that influenced the album’s prescient retro sound. Meet the hip-hop duo nobody knows, who inspired Adam Yauch. Find out how three DJs reconstructed Paul’s Boutique, sample by sample. Learn more about characters like Beastie “trim coordinator” Dave Scilken. With many more funky exclusives, this one-of-a-kind book includes 36 photos and three illustrations from artist Jim Mahfood's 2007 Beastie Boys graphic novel Ask For Janice. For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul’s Boutique is guaranteed to make you as smart as when “Galileo dropped the orange”! This expanded paperback edition features exclusive material not available in the e-book edition, including Paul's Boutique-era photographs by Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato Jr., plus a foreword by hip-hop icon Sage Francis. Learn more at www.PaulsBoutiqueBook.Tumblr.com, www.6623Press.com, @DanLeRoy and @6623Press.




Hear My Train A Comin': The Songs of Jimi Hendrix - Popular Music History (Kevin Le Gendre)

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Although his activity as a recording artist spanned a period of just three years, from 1967, the year of his arrival in England from America to 1970, the year of his death, Jimi Hendrix created a body of work that has exerted a significant influence on a number of artists in the 20th century and beyond. A headline-grabbing, explosive performer, he is widely recognized as an innovative guitarist who broadened the vocabulary of his instrument through both his technique and daring use of technology. For several generations of critics and audiences, he remains the archetypal rock star who framed his immeasurable talent with lifestyle excesses inherent to his profession.

Hear My Train A Comin' seeks to appraise Hendrix's legacy in different terms. His ability as a soloist is undeniable, but it is not necessarily the defining aspect of his genius. This book focuses on Hendrix the songwriter, a superlative storyteller who was able to combine melody, lyric and arrangement in order to create pieces that take pride of place in the pantheon of post-war popular music. Why do anthems such as Crosstown Traffic, The Wind Cries Mary, Little Wing, Voodoo Child [Slight Return] Purple Haze or Foxy Lady still affect us today? They alchemize word and sound. These are just a few examples of Hendrix crafting a composition in the most complete sense of the term, making judicious decisions with regard to mood, texture, contrast and overall orchestral richness, looking at his basic resource, the guitar-bass-drums set up as a unit to be enhanced by a range of other instruments and studio production.

This book investigates the artist's immense creativity, and the intriguing relationship he had with the art of song, a platform for a multitude of ideas and improvisation.


 Gangsta Rap Coloring Book (Aye Jay)

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The title says it all. Break out the crayons, 'cause it gangsta rap coloring time! 48 pages of line drawings of "Gangsta" rappers, done with the thick black line we all remember from the coloring books of our youth. The juxtaposition of the outlaw image of the rappers with the childlike innocence of a coloring book makes for an instant laugh.


Record Stores: A Tribute to Record Stores (Bernd Jonkmanns)

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Since 2009 the photographer Bernd Jonkmanns from Hamburg has been working on a photo documentation about the culture of record stores. When Jonkmanns started the project in 2009 he thought that there won't be many record stores left within a few years. Over the past decades many Record Stores have vanished, but vinyl records have made a rapid comeback among music lovers all over the world. Thus, new stores opened up in big cities like Berlin, Brussels, Paris, and Los Angeles, preserving the phenomenon "record store" as an expression of youth culture. Over the last six years he travelled all over the world to 30 cities on five continents to photograph over 160 record stores, the store owners, the buyers, and the people who work there. His photos show their love and passion for vinyl, cd, and buying music in a store. This is what they all share and what makes the specific atmosphere of such stores. Jonkmanns found great stores on all continents in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Paris, London, Brighton, Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, Oslo, Amsterdam, Sydney and even in Hobart, Tasmania.


 B-BOY Document Summer 2020 Magazine

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Over 45,000 words, 92 pages and starring:

DJ Step One, Ellie Prohan, Dan Greenpeace, Shrapknel, Cut Beetlez, Lord Goat, Deyah, Heliocentrics, Burgundy Blood, Jorun Bombay, Madhattan, Che Noir, Pearl Gates, Casual, DNTE, Jamo Gang, RA The Rugged Man, Preservation, Crate 808 and Bowery Bruisers.

Waxpoetics Issue 04 - Spring 2003

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Weldon Irvine - Poets Of Rhythm - Fanie - The Last Poets - Deep Disco - Diamond - Marva Whitney - Wild Style

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Waxpoetics Issue 08 - Spring 2004

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Eddie Bo - Danger Mouse - DJ Premier - James 'Blood' Ulmer - Madvillain - Nat Hentoff - Oliver Sain - Wilson Simonal

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Waxpoetics Issue 22 - April/May 2007

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Full contents:

Betty Davis - Too Short - King Errison - Ornette Coleman - Joao Donato - Steve Reid - Pharoah Monch - Marva Whitney

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Waxpoetics Issue 24 - August/September 2007

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Mandrill - Eddie Cheba - Marcos Valle - Larry Harlow - Leroy Burgess - Kenton Nix

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Waxpoetics Issue 25 - Oct/Nov 2007

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Miles Davis - The Photo Issue

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Waxpoetics Issue 27

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Grandmaster Flash

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Waxpoetics Issue 28

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Al Green b/w Q-Tip

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Waxpoetics Issue 30 - The Rock Issue

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Bad Brains b/w Elvis Presley

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Waxpoetics Issue 31

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Suggie Otis b/w MF DOOM

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Waxpoetics Issue 35

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Roger Troutman b/w Booker T. Jones

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Waxpoetics Issue 38

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Cutris Mayfield b/w Ralph Bakshi

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Waxpoetics Issue 40 - March/April 2010

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Ohio Players b/w Smokey Robinson

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Waxpoetics Issue 41 - May/June 2010

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KRS One b/w EPMD

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Waxpoetics Issue 42 - July/August 2010

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Barry White b/w D'Angelo

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Waxpoetics Issue 44 - Nov/Dec 2010

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War b/w Syl Johnson

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Waxpoetics Issue 51 - NAS / Danny Brown

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Wax Poetics 51 is an all-hip-hop issue with two different covers. Cover 1: Microphone icon Nas b/w Detroit rapper Danny Brown. Limited-Edition Cover 2: No Limit Records (cover feature on production team Beats by the Pound) b/w Ishmael Butler’s new project, Shabazz Palaces. Features on Kurtis Blow, El-P, the Roots, Killer Mike, Robert Glasper, and Coke La Rock. Also in this issue: Oddisee, G-Side, THEESatisfaction, Cities Aviv, and Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No).

Waxpoetics Issue 54 - Daryl Hall / José James

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Cover two features the poster boy for the blue-eyed-soul movement, Daryl Hall. Wax Poetics digs deep into the scene with features on Bobby Caldwell, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Laura Nyro, and Ned Doheny. Also featuring crooner José James, Keyboard Kid, Nosaj Thing, Clams Casino, and the Ghetto Brothers.

Waxpoetics Issue 55 - Daft Punk / De La Soul

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Issue 55 celebrates exploration. French duo Daft Punk are redefining modern dance music by bringing the musicians back. Hip-hop legends De La Soul keep the team together even after twenty years in the game.

Waxpoetics Issue 57 - Janelle Monáe / Jody Watley

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Janelle Monáe eschews the prosaic biographical trappings in favor of the science fiction of alter-ego android Cindi Mayweather, believing that robots represent an otherness. She is seemingly at odds with current R&B radio, yet she was signed by Diddy and has found crossover success.

Jody Watley did not want to be an industry puppet. She broke free, joined forces with like-minded superfreak André Cymone, and established herself as an artist who took control of all aspects of her public persona from songwriting to style.

Todd Rundgren embraced all styles. Butterfly-wing eyelashes and feather boas. Rock and roll and rhythm and blues. And he often did everything by himself. Songwriting, playing all the instruments, engineering. He even produced other outcasts like the New York Dolls, and went on to influence countless modern misfits. Souls of Mischief busted out of Oakland with their own style. Surrounded by gritty streets and street players, the rap quartet was instead playful and thoughtful, winning a lifelong audience based on brains, wit, and individuality. Some consider Earl Sweatshirt the weird one of Odd Future. That should tell you something. But in reality, he’s just an outsider, the weight of his intellect making him different than most rappers today. He has a way with words that most poets would kill kings for. He joins the long line of artists that represent the ideal musical other, what true fans long for when wading through depths of mainstream drivel.

Also featuring: Milosh & Rhye, the story of the Soul Train dancers, Black Milk, Ed Motta, Kon, Boardwalk, and Bruno Morais.

Waxpoetics Issue 60 - Blondie / SZA

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Longtime contributing editor Andrew “Monk” Mason interviews Blondie cofounders Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, and chronicles the band’s rise from New York’s DIY art-rock downtown scene to worldwide airwaves with the disco hits “Heart of Glass” and the Giorgio Moroder–produced “Call Me.” But perhaps their real legacy is tied to the then burgeoning hip-hop movement; after meeting “Fab 5” Freddy, Blondie would record “Rapture”—the first pop song to incorporate a rap—and help bring the nascent artform to a larger global audience.

SZA feels like she’s an anomaly in the music game, an outcast. But she’s not trying to be anyone but herself. As she creates her highly anticipated sophomore album, SZA is finding her voice and learning to actualize her own vision.

Full contents: Blondie, SZA, Onyx, Raekwon (Only Built 4 Cuban Linx), Robert Crumb, Harvey Mason, Marsha Ambrosius, Eddy Senay, Budos Band, Taylor McFerrin, Fatima, Stick Against Stone,Jordan Rakei!

Waxpoetics Issue 62 - Giorgio Moroder / Ratatat

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Iconic computer composer Giorgio Moroder got his start writing and producing pop music in Germany. But a chance encounter with American session singer Donna Summer would change the course of his career. A string of hits together would make Summer an R&B and disco superstar and Moroder a wanted musical asset in the States, and their proto-techno, all-synthesizer dance track “I Feel Love” set the tone for the future of music. As Moroder embraced the Moog synthesizer and continued to revolutionize dance music, he transferred this electronic sentiment to multiple soundtracks, including the now-classics Midnight Express and Scarface. After a cameo on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, the seventy-five-year-old composer now returns to the scene with a new album, Déjà Vu.

When fellow college alums Mike Stroud and Evan Mast ran into each other in Brooklyn and decided to jam together, they realized they had a penchant for making catchy yet cerebral instrumentals.Their newly formed band, Ratatat, featured smart interplay between guitar, synthesizers, and crisp beats. Four albums later—and collaborations with Kid Cudi and Jay Z along the way— the multi-instrumentalists return with their fifth LP, Magnifique.

Waxpoetics Issue 63 - Gary Clark Jr. / Raury

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Mentored on the axe by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s brother Jimmy and mentored on the music business by friend Cody Chesnutt, Austin guitarist Gary Clark Jr. was hailed as blues music’s second coming after a couple of self-released records and his Grammy-winning, major-label debut, Blak and Blu. But not wanting to be put in a box, Clark took a cue from Chesnutt’s The Headphone Masterpiece and set out to record and self-produce a wide-ranging yet personal album from his own perspective. The result, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, sees Clark bridging the gap between genres while creating his own thing.

After a couple of his singles blew up, nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter Raury flipped that success into an ambitious desire to create profound and impactful art. As he headlines his own festivals, and his anxiously anticipated finally debut drops, Raury now leads a pack of young artists aiming to start a movement to take the music industry in a new, positive direction.

Also: Blue-eyed-soul man Boz Scaggs, Motown songwriter Marilyn McLeod, classic rock producer John Simon, saxophonist and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington, soul singer throwback Leon Bridges, French beatmaker Onra, Stones Throw producer Knxwledge, and underground sound manipulator Norvis Jr.

Waxpoetics Issue 64 - MTV Raps / The Internet

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Yo! MTV Raps Exploding onto cable television in August 1988, Yo! MTV Raps was a huge hit because it was necessary. Perhaps the most potent catalyst in hip-hop’s infiltration of the mainstream, Yo! beamed future superstars and regional rap heroes alike into living rooms for the first time ever.

The Internet Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians have emerged from production, engineering, and DJing roles within the Odd Future crew to claim their own stake in this new movement of Black musical expression. Originally intended to be a Neptunes-like production team, their collective, named the Internet, is now a full-fledged band with Syd taking lead vocal duties. Their third album, Ego Death, doubles down on their questioning of what it means to be young, gifted, and Black in America.

Kashif After a stint as keyboard player with B.T. Express, Brooklyn’s Kashif turned to writing and producing for other artists, infusing synthesizers into R&B and taking the post-disco genre into a modern boogie wonderland.

Mary Wilson After Florence Ballard and Diana Ross left the Supremes, last remaining original member Mary Wilson found that her love for performing was enough to keep the name going into a new era of hits.

Also: R&B wild child Miguel; blue-eyed soul crooner Bobby Caldwell and producer Jack Splash team up as Cool Uncle; soulful folk singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd; modern-funk synth wiz kid Brian Ellis; pop-art-soul act Twin Shadow; new blue-eyed-soul/rock duo Young Gun Silver Fox; and Philly’s Sigma Sound Studios.

Waxpoetics Issue 66 - DJ Shadow / David Axelrod

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DJ Shadow
The late 1980s and early ’90s saw the dawn of a new day as sampling was at a high point with hip-hop’s golden era. Following in the footsteps of Double Dee & Steinski, Prince Paul, and the Dust Brothers, DJ SHADOW would push the boundaries of sampling with his early Mo’ Wax releases. His first full-length album, Endtroducing…, further shined a light on the art form, as the album exploded through popular culture and put the reluctant star in the spotlight.
David Axelrod
Producer/composer DAVID AXELROD landed a dream job at Capitol Records in 1964, immediately working with jazz legend Cannonball Adderley and lifting soul singer Lou Rawls to great heights.
Leon Sylvers III
Gifted songwriter, bassist, and producer LEON SYLVERS III led his siblings’ group THE SYLVERS from their teenaged harmony-tinged sweet-soul beginnings to mainstream disco heights. Then, in the late-’70s and early ’80s, he helped usher in the new wave of synthesizer-driven R&B, writing and producing hits for everyone from Shalamar to Gladys Knight and the Pips.
DJ Krush
After splitting with his crew in Japan, DJ KRUSH embarked on a journey with British label Mo’ Wax that found the turntablist/producer using hip-hop’s breakbeat foundation while pioneering a new genre of abstract instrumentals.
Cynthia Robinson
Cynthia Robinson was a single mother when she joined Sly and the Family Stone as a trumpeter and vocalist in 1966. As one of the band’s most prominent figures, she became lovers with Sly, giving birth to their daughter, Sylvyette “Phunne” Stone, in 1976. Years later, as Robinson carried the torch with the Family Stone into the next century, Phunne would have the chance to join her mother onstage as a vocalist.
Also:
Australian plunderers the Avalanches release their first record in sixteen years; adventures of a reggae messenger with Danny Holloway.


Together Forever: Beastie Boys and RUN-DMC (Glen E. Friedman)

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In the early 1980s iconic skate and punk photographer Glen E. Friedman had a front row seat to the rise of hip-hop music and culture. He was able to get with both Run-DMC and Beastie Boys on their meteoric rise to fame. Befriending both groups, Friedman's eye composed the photos that have become synonymous with how we remember both groups when they first came into our collective consciousness. And then the moment when it all came together: the seminal, popular, and highly publicized 1987 joint concert tour, Raising Hell.

TOGETHER FOREVER is not only a visual time capsule of hip-hop on the cusp of becoming mainstream, but a record of the strong bond of friendship between these two groups and how they significantly influenced each other, all while having a massive impact on music history and the industry. Including scores of never-before-published photos made by Friedman--the bands in concert, goofing around with celebrities, portraits, and, of course, hanging out together--TOGETHER FOREVER includes a foreword by Chris Rock, plus text contributions by the surviving members of both groups and others who were there, proving that the originals still reign.


 Beats To The Rhyme (Vinyl Athletes Presents)

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Author Al Patterson started collecting vinyl in elementary school. Hes since amassed a serious collection and deep knowledge of instrumental-only Hip Hop records. Some are performance records that were pressed in very small numbers for use exclusively by the MC or groups DJ during live shows, while others were commercially released. These instrumental records, whether from the obscure depths of the underground or well-known Hip Hop acts, are cataloged alphabetically by artist and accompanied by a photograph of the records label. Each entry specifies the artist, title, format, producer, label, year, and catalog number as well as notes and anecdotes about the disc. Many are very rare and totally unknown. All have stories attached to them. Patterson once asked Raekwon (Wu Tang Clan) to tell him more about a certain rare pressing. Raekwon replied I thought they destroyed all of those. Many of these records were pressed in such small numbers that theyll never be seen outside the pages of this book, but it doesnt hurt to look.

  Book of Stones Throw illustrations by Munguni

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Book of illustrations by Munguni.

Munguni is on Instagram, and draws Stones Throw artists. The book is 100 pages, full color, paperback. The size is 5x8 inches. Layout by Alima Jennings.

 Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo 1965-85

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Ibrahima Sory Sanle (b. 1943) started his photographic career in Bobo-Dioulasso in 1960, the year his country (now Burkina Faso) gained independence from France. Sanle opened his Volta Photo portrait studio in 1965 and, working with his Rolleiflex twin lens medium format camera, Volta Photo was soon recognised as the finest studio in the city. Voltaic photography's unsung golden age is fully embodied by Sanle. His black and white images magnify this era and display a unique cultural energy and social impact. This is the first book published on Sanle's work and is released to coincide with the first solo international exhibition of his work at Morton-Hill gallery in London.

 From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen: (Snoop Dogg Cookbook, Celebrity Cookbook with Soul Food Recipes)

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You've seen Snoop work his culinary magic on VH1's Emmy-nominated Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, and now, Tha Dogg's up in your kitchen...with his first cookbook.

Delivering 50 recipes straight from his own collection, Snoop's cookbook features OG staples like Baked Mac & Cheese and Fried Bologna Sandwiches with Chips, and new takes on classic weeknight faves like Soft Flour Tacos and Easy Orange Chicken. And it don't stop...Snoop's giving a taste of the high life with remixes on upper echelon fare such as Lobster Thermidor and Filet Mignon. But we gotta keep it G with those favorite munchies too, ya know? From chewy Starbursts to those glorious Frito BBQ Twists, you should have an arsenal of snacks that'll satisfy. And of course, no party is complete without that Gin and Juice and other platinum ways to entertain.

The Doggfather's got you covered complete with epic stories and behind-the-scenes photos that brings this masterpiece to life.

 Freddy Fresh Presents The Rap Records 1st Edition

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The first book in the world to detail the independent record labels that released rap music from 1979 to 1989. Details the record companies, and lists the catalog numbers of each phonorecord (maxi 12 singles) and the date manufactured and rates it based on rarity. (Some of these records have sold for over $2,000 recently on ebay etc..) Details the record labels alphabetically. Author Freddy Fresh is an artist and world renowned dance music producer who travelled to over 30 countries to do research for this book. Winner of the Award for excellence in Historical Sound Research. Rave reviews in the New York Times, Record Collector, Vibe, The Source, Village Voice, among others.

 Beastie Boys Book

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Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "AD-ROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album's messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique. For more than twenty years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting influence on popular culture.

With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys' New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.

Hip-Hop at the End of the World: The Photography of Brother Ernie, by Ernest Paniccioli. Hardcover

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Filled with more than 250 images of artists including Ice Cube, The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Naughty by Nature, Public Enemy, 50 Cent, N.W.A, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Kim, Flavor Flav, Lauren Hill, Queen Latifah, TLC, many that have never before been published, this book is set to become the new hip-hop photography bible With exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, preeminent photographer Brother Ernie captures the last four decades of the evolution of hip-hop--the styles that grew from it, and the artists who shaped it. Complete with Brother Ernie's personal anecdotes of time spent with subjects, and stories behind the photographs, Hip-Hop at the End of the World shares intimate moments from the most important era of hip-hop.

After picking up a camera in the 1973 to document the graffiti art that dominated New York City, Ernest Paniccioli started his journey of whole-heartedly capturing the scene during the most fertile years of hip-hop. Always armed with a 35mm camera, he successfully photographed nearly every rapper of note since the genre's inception, making him the go-to photographer for magazines like Word Up and Rap Masters. Hip Hop at the End of the World is a carefully curated selection of photographs from Brother Ernie's extensive archives, celebrating over 40 years of swag in one of the most complete records of the most crucial movements in American music.

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.

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 growi ng 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.

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.


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.

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 - 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.


Check The Technique Volume 2 by Brian Coleman

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

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.


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!

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.

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 Ð Graffiti NYC documents the flowering of the graffiti movement of the post-train era.

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

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Anthologies are uneven by nature, 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.


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

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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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