The Who: 50 Years: The Official History - Ben Marshall

How'd they fit the 'Orrible 'Oo in a book? The Who were nutters who played like nobody else: The singer was a rocker, then a mod, then a god who twirled his microphone like a tornado; the guitarist was the time-keeper, a big-nosed git who wrote rock operas and weirdo songs; the drummer played lead and was the Id personified on stage and off; all the while the bass player stood still playing chords around all three. They were loud, combative, hilarious, life-saving and glorious. They stood tall with the very best of rock and roll. This is their story.

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting - Eilon Paz

Digital downloads and passive streaming revert to good old tactile analog lust in Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting (Ten Speed, $50), by Eilon Paz. This oversize volume’s boxed-set gravitas and dynamic layout immediately engages our senses in ways no e-book can. As Paz unveils a pantheon of record collectors and their treasured troves, the accompanying array of photos and crate-digging glory-stories stir our inner vinyl junkie. Throughout its 436 pages, Dust & Grooves features interviews with usual suspects including Gilles Peterson, Rich Medina, Sheila Burgel, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson—all of whom have “record rooms,” wherein their collections occupy floor-to-ceiling shelves spanning the entire walls of loft apartments, basements, and/or two-story houses. (What’s a connoisseur to do with 80,000 records?) Along with colorful reproductions of iconic album covers, Paz showcases the unsung genius of the gatefold sleeve, seamlessly connecting three shots of a collector holding each of the foldout panels to form a panoramic image. Added bonuses in this voyage through vinylmania include glimpses of limited-edition blue platters, rare acetates of alternate takes, and a collectible 45 shaped like a buzz saw blade. Dust & Groove’s static celebration elicits the pop-hiss days of vinyl, those favorite sorted-record shops, and the times by the side of a rotating black sun platter within the gaze of its squared sleeve.

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By Eilon Paz, RZA (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781607748694
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 15th, 2015

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink - Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello’s lyrics are playful, allusive (and sometimes darkly-tinged), and his music witty in referencing everything from honky-tonks and music halls to Motown B-sides and the American Songbook. So it’s no surprise that he’s written a splendid, voluminous memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (Blue Rider, $30). Foregoing straight chronology, Costello assembles chapters of tell-tale scenes and vivid set pieces about his family (his father was a big-band singer), early sixties England, and his almost forty years in show business. Costello’s lyrics course through the book, commenting on scenes of a life fully immersed in music, from the prolific “angry young man” to the mature professional realizing (dreams-come-true) collaborations with Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, George Jones, Allen Toussaint, and Diana Krall (married to Costello since 2003). 

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ISBN: 9780399167256
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Blue Rider Press - October 13th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780399185762
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 11th, 2016