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J Dilla's Donuts (33 1/3)

By: 33 1/3/J Dilla

Price: $9.50

Publisher: BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC:

Seller ID: 9781623561833

ISBN: 1623561833

Condition: USED


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 vor... View more info

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Nas' Illmatic (33 1/3 series)

By: 33 1/3/Nas

Price: $7.50

Publisher: BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC US:

Seller ID: 9780826429070

ISBN: 0826429076

Condition: USED


Contradiction, the yin and the yang, the simultaneous existence of two competing realities, and the larger than life persona that depicts populist realism are at the core of Nas's debut album, "Illmatic." Yet Nas's identity -as an inner-city youth, a child of hip-hop, and a Black American - predicts those philosophical quandaries as much as it does its brazen ambition. Partly because of that recklessly broad scope, the artistic impact of "Illmatic" was massive. The record finds its place in the greatest transition in hip hop up to that point, the spot where the streets and the charts collided.... View more info

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Prince's Sign O' the Times (Thirty Three and a Third series)

By: 33 1/3/Prince

Price: $5.50

Publisher: BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC US:

Seller ID: 9780826415479

ISBN: 0826415474

Condition: USED


One of the greatest double albums of the vinyl era, Sign 'O' the Times shows Prince at his peak. Here, Michaelangelo Matos tells the story of how it emerged from an extraordinary period of creativity to become one of the landmark recordings of the 1980s. He also illustrates beautifully how - if a record is great enough and lucky enough to hit you at the right time - it can change your way of looking at the world. EXCERPTThe most immediately striking thing about Sign 'O' the Times is the jazzy sensibility running through it. Prince's father was a jazz musician, his mother a vocalist; he... View more info

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Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (33 1/3)

By: 33 1/3/Public Enemy/Weinharten

Price: $7.50

Publisher: BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC US:

Seller ID: 0826429130

ISBN: 0826429130

Condition: USED


Christopher R. Weingarten provides a thrilling account of how the Bomb Squad produced such a singular-sounding record: engineering, sampling, scratching, constructing, deconstructing, reconstructing - even occasionally stompingon vinyl that sounded too clean. Using production techniques that have never been duplicated, the Bomb Squad plunderedand reconfigured their own compositions to make frenetic splatter collages; they played samples by hand together in aroom like a rock band to create a "not quite right" tension; they hand-picked their samples from only the ugliest squawks and sirens. View more info

In the Belly of the Blues: Chicago to Boston to L.A. 1969 to 1983

By: Abrahamson, Terry

Price: $3.00

Publisher: 2/15/2013

Seller ID: 9780578102115

ISBN: 0578102110

Condition: USED


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Everything is an Afterthought

By: Avery, Kevin

Price: $8.00

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS:

Seller ID: 9781606994757

ISBN: 1606994751

Condition: USED


What happened to Paul Nelson? In the '60s, he pioneered rock & roll criticism with a first-person style of writing that would later be popularized by the likes of Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer as New Journalism. As co-founding editor of The Little Sandy Review and managing editor of Sing Out , he d already established himself, to use his friend Bob Dylan s words, as a folk-music scholar; but when Dylan went electric in 1965, Nelson went with him. During a five-year detour at Mercury Records in the early 1970s, Nelson signed the New York Dolls to their first recording contract, then settled back ... View more info

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J. S. Bach (Volume 2)

By: Bach/Sweitzer

Price: $5.00

Publisher: DOVER PUBN INC:

Seller ID: 0486216322

ISBN: 0486216322

Condition: USED


Volume 2 of 2-volume set. This stimulating narrative traces Bach's life; discusses contemporary artistic and philosophical movements; assesses the work of his predecessors Schutz, Scheidt, Buxtehude, etc., analyzes Bach's own work; and passes on brilliant recommendations for performance -- tempo, phrasing, accentuation, dynamics, etc. Translated by Ernest Newman. View more info

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Revolution on Canvas

By: Balling, Rich

Price: $4.00

Publisher: 6/24/2010

Seller ID: 9780446697866

ISBN: 0446697869

Condition: USED


This is poetry and prose straight from the biggest mouths and hearts in the independent music scene. These are their words. This is their revolution. View more info

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Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music

By: Barker, Hugh

Price: $5.00

Publisher: W W NORTON & CO INC:

Seller ID: 9780393060782

ISBN: 0393060780

Condition: USED


Did Elvis sing from the heart, or was he just acting? Were the Sex Pistols more real than disco? Why do so many musicians base their approach on being "authentic," and why do music buffs fall for it every time? By investigating this obsession in the last century through the stories of John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Jimmie Rodgers, Donna Summer, Leadbelly, Neil Young, Moby, and others, "Faking It" rethinks what makes popular music work. Along the way, the authors discuss the segregation of music in the South, investigate the predominance of self-absorption in modern pop, reassess the rebellious ridi... View more info

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Rough Guide to Techno

By: Barr, Tim

Price: $5.00

Seller ID: 9781858284347

ISBN: 1858284341

Condition: USED


Crank up the keyboards, Rough Guides brings you the beat of the new millennium. This mini-format reference covers 200 figures in the diverse world of techno, concentrating on album artists, and the pioneers like Kraftwerk and Cybotron who paved the way for them. In this ephemeral world, we provide hard-to-find details, such as biographies and inclusive discographies. View more info

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Piano

By: Barron, James

Price: $7.00

Publisher: 6/10/2010

Seller ID: 9780805078787

ISBN: 0805078789

Condition: USED


An alluring exploration of the people and the legendary craftsmanship behind a single Steinway piano Like no other instrument, a grand piano melds engineering feats with the magical sounds of great music: the thunder of a full-throated bass, the bright, delicate trill of the upper treble. Alone among the big piano companies, Steinway still crafts all of its pianos largely by hand, imbuing each one with the promise and burden of its brand. In this captivating narrative, James Barron of "The New York Times" tells the story of one Steinway piano, from raw lumber to finished instrument. Ba... View more info

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Beatles: Paperback Writer: 40 Years of Classic Writing

By: Beatles/Evans, Mike

Price: $7.50

Seller ID: 9780859654265

ISBN: 0859654265

Condition: USED


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Hard Day's Night: The stories behind every Beatles song, new and updated edition

By: Beatles/Turner, Steve

Price: $7.50

Publisher: COLLINS: 9/5/2014

Seller ID: 9780060844097

ISBN: 0060844094

Condition: USED


A lavishly illustrated, rollicking account of the real people and events that inspired the Beatles' lyrics.Who was "just seventeen" and made Paul's heart go "boom"? Was there really an Eleanor Rigby? Where's Penny Lane? In A Hard Day's Write, music journalist Steve Turner shatters many well-worn myths and adds a new dimension to the Fab Four's rich legacy by investigating for the first time the ordinary people and events immortalized in the Beatles' music and now occupying a special niche in popular culture's collective imagination. Arranged chronologically by album, the book breaks n... View more info

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Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824

By: Beethoven/Sachs, Harvey

Price: $6.00

Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE INC:

Seller ID: 9780812969078

ISBN: 0812969073

Condition: USED


The premier of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna on May 7, 1824, was the most significant artistic event of the year--and the work remains one of the most precedent-shattering and influential compositions in the history of music. Described in vibrant detail by eminent musicologist Harvey Sachs, this symbol of freedom and joy was so unorthodox that it amazed and confused listeners at its unveiling--yet it became a standard for subsequent generations of creative artists, and its composer came to embody the Romantic cult of genius. In this unconventional, provocative book, Beethoven's maste... View more info

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Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Inte

By: Believer

Price: $5.00

Publisher: MCSWEENEYS:

Seller ID: 9781938073830

ISBN: 1938073835

Condition: USED


Believer Books collects 35 interviews with some of today's most influential musicians and includes such conversational treasures as Bjork on e.e. cummings, Lucinda Williams on writing about sex, Trey Anastasio on improvisation games, M.I.A. on the power of the internet, and Jack White on upholstering a couch. The interviews are conducted in "The Believer" magazine's intimate, casual, long-form style, and while they focus on the music--creating it, playing it, touring it, living with it--they never hesitate to explore the subjects' other passions. This collection is perfect for fans, lovers of ... View more info

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How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records

By: Broughton, Frank

Price: $6.00

Publisher: GROVE/ATLANTIC INC:

Seller ID: 9780802139955

ISBN: 0802139957

Condition: USED


From the authors of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, a readable, fun, and illuminating guide to spinning records, perfect for neophytes as well as the established DJ View more info

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Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost

By: Browne, David

Price: $7.50

Publisher: 9/7/2011

Seller ID: 9780306818509

ISBN: 0306818507

Condition: USED


January 1970: the Beatles assemble one more time to put the finishing touches on "Let It Be"; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are wrapping up "Deja Vu"; Simon and Garfunkel are unveiling "Bridge Over Troubled Water"; James Taylor is an upstart singer-songwriter who's just completed "Sweet Baby James." Over the course of the next twelve months, their lives--and the world around them--will change irrevocably. "Fire and Rain" tells the story of four iconic albums of 1970 and the lives, times, and constantly intertwining personal ties of the remarkable artists who made them. Acclaimed journalist D... View more info

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Understand Rap

By: Buckholz, William

Price: $6.00

Publisher: HARRY N ABRAMS INC: 10/8/2014

Seller ID: 9780810989214

ISBN: 0810989212

Condition: USED


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Late Baroque Era: From the 1680s to 1740

By: Buelow, George

Price: $7.50

Seller ID: 0135299837

ISBN: 0135299837

Condition: USED


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I-VI (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, 1988-89)

By: Cage, John

Price: $12.50

Seller ID: 0674440072

ISBN: 0674440072

Condition: USED


Without doubt the most influential American composer of the last half century, John Cage has had an enormous impact not only on music but on art, literature, the performing arts, and aesthetic thought in general. His insistent exploration of "nonintention" and his fruitful merging of Western and Eastern traditions have made him a powerful force in the world of the avant-garde. There have never been lectures like these: delivered at Harvard in 1988-89 as the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, they were more like performances, as the audience heard them. Cage calls them "mesostics," a litera... View more info