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Advanced Elvis Course

Advanced Elvis Course CAConrad CAConrad’s unabating love for the King has put him on a pilgrimage to Memphis on an advanced ELVIS course. These bizarre, multi-faceted vignettes, conversations, and poems are an homage bursting with love, oddball white trash, and twisted sincerity. While he eats fried peanut butter banana sandwiches and chats up the locals, Conrad also imagines diverse and surreal scenarios about...

Apocalypse Jukebox

Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music Edward Whitelock and David Janssen For a cultural movement that has no definite beginning, the sense of an ending is never very far below the surface of rock and roll music and lyrics. American popular music—from its earliest hymnals, through its growing commercial presentations via minstrelsy and vaudeville, through the explosion of technology that...

Appetite for Self-Destruction

Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age Steve Knopper For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the modern recording industry, from an author who has been writing about it for more than ten years. With unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and...

Art of the Dead

Art of the Dead showcases the vibrant, charismatic poster art that emerged from the streets of San Francisco in 1964 and 1966. It traces the cultural, political, and historical influences of posters as art back to Japanese wood blocks through Bell Époque, on to the Beatniks, the Free Speech Movement, and the Acid Tests. Featuring interviews and profiles of the key artists, including Rick Griffin, Stanley “Mouse” Miller, Alton Kelley, Wes Wilson, and Victor Moscoso.

Bring the Noise

Bring the Noise 20 Years of Writing about Hip Rock and Hip Hop Simon Reynolds Bring the Noise weaves together interviews, reviews, essays, and features to create a critical history of the last twenty years of pop culture, juxtaposing the voices of many of rock and hip hop’s most provocative artists—Morrissey, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, The Stone Roses, P.J. Harvey, Radiohead—with Reynolds’s own passionate...

Buskers

Buskers The On-the-Streets, In-the-Trains, Off-the-Grid Memoir of Two New York City Street Musicians By Heth and Jed Weinstein Watch Heth and Jed perform in NYC Frustrated by the indifference of the music industry and the stacks of homemade CDs gathering dust in their closets, brothers Heth and Jed Weinstein made the radical decision to bring their music directly to the masses. They began playing on street corners,...

Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs

In this collection of beautifully crafted autobiographical vignettes that encompasses everything from the people Jay Farrar has met and the places he’s journeyed over 20 years as a traveling musician, to his formative childhood experiences, to his parents’ cultural identity as Missouri Ozarks.

Generation Ecstasy/Energy Flash

Generation Ecstasy Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture Simon Reynolds The story of rave culture and techno music from an insider and journalist who dosed up and blissed out Ecstasy did for house music what LSD did for psychedelic rock. Now, in Generation Ecstasy, journalist Simon Reynolds offers a revved-up and passionate inside chronicle of how MDMA (“ecstasy”) and MIDI (the basis for electronica) together...

Hang the DJ

Hang the DJ An Alternative Book of Music Lists Angus Cargill (Editor) From personal blogs to end-of-year critic polls, from the films of Quentin Tarantino to the books of Nick Hornby, music fans have always loved to compile, sort, and indulge. And at the heart of all music fetishes, there are lists: ten essential female murder ballads, ten unsettling songs for a midwestern white guy to wake to from a coma, ten...

I’m In the Band

I’m In the Band Backstage Notes from the Chick in White Zombie Sean Yseult Art rock? Noise rock? Punk-metal? Alternative? White Zombie may have been unclassifiable, but it didn’t stop them from carving out a place for themselves in music history. The band became a multiplatinum, two-time Grammy nominee with the release of their 1992 album, La Sexorcisto. But while most people will remember their bizarre look...

In Heaven Everything Is Fine

In Heaven Everything Is Fine The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers and the Lost History of New Wave Theatre Josh Frank and Charlie Buckholtz In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Saturday Night Live and National Lampoon were leading a comedy renaissance, while punk and new wave turned the music world on its head. At the nexus was the underground, cable-access show New Wave Theatre, hosted by the visionary Peter Ivers....

Lost in the Supermarket

Lost in the Supermarket: An Indie Rock Cookbook Kay Bozich Owens and Lynn Owens Music and food are two key elements to a full and complete life. Whatever power their solo projects hold, however, music and food tap a similar vein as a certain peanut butter cup: they are two great tastes that taste great together. More importantly, music and food are significant defining qualities. Just ask any sociologist or...

Madonna and Me

Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop • Edited by Laura Barcella • Foreword by Jessica Valenti
Women writers take on the ultimate icon

Please Feed Me

Please Feed Me A Vegan Punk Cookbook Niall McGuirk The question is whether or not PLEASE FEED ME is a.) a vegan cookbook, b.) a punk chronology or c.) an amalgam of both. If Niall McGuirk, former spearhead of Dublin’s Hope collective, intended on creating a strict cookbook of lasting merit, then Please Feed Me is a dud. I know it’s not meant entirely seriously, but recipes for a “bread...

Rebels Wit Attitude

Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists Iain Ellis In Rebels Wit Attitude, music writer and professor Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor as a weapon of anti-establishment rebellion, paying tribute to the great rebel humorists in American rock history and investigating comedy and laughter as the catalyst and main expressive force in these artists’ work. The performers who are the subject of...

Rock and Hard Places

Rock and Hard Places: Travels to Backstages, Frontlines and Assorted Sideshows Andrew Mueller Andrew Mueller is Australian by birth, a Londoner by choice, a wanderer by nature, and a journalist by profession. Unable to decide between being a rock critic, travel writer, or foreign correspondent, he hit upon the novel, if time-consuming, solution of trying to be all three at once. In Rock and Hard Places, published...

Route 19 Revisited

Route 19 Revisited The Clash and London Calling Marcus Gray Twenty-eight years after its original release, The Clash’s London Calling was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a “recording of lasting qualitative or historical significance.” It topped polls on both sides of the Atlantic for the best album of the seventies (and eighties) and in publications as wide-ranging as Rolling Stone, VIBE, Pitchfork, and...

Slanky

Cult poet and musician Mike Doughty makes his print debut with Slanky, a black-comic stroll through the demimonde of pop culture and modern urban life. Doughty’s poems are at once absurdest and matter-of-fact; the images he conjures are thrown into high relief through cutting wordplay. In a series of prose poems about showbiz, he re imagines Cookie Monster as a burned-out suicide, and cheesy talk-show host Joe Franklin as a cross-dressing witness to the apocalypse.

The Fan Who Knew Too Much

Comprised of eight essays that range from art to obsession, Heilbut explores the roles of gays in the gospel church, profiles the life and work of Aretha Franklin, discusses the rise of the soap opera and Irna Phillips, its most influential figure, detours to an expose on male sopranos, and explores the roles of émigrés from Hitler’s Germany to America.

The Vinyl Countdown

The Vinyl Countdown: The Album from LP to iPod and Back Again Travis Elborough Ever since the arrival of the long-playing record in 1948, the album has acted as the soundtrack to our lives. Record collections– even they’re on CD or an i-Pod–are personal treasures, revealing our loves, errors of judgement and lapses in taste. In The Vinyl Countdown, Travis Elborough explores the way in which...

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