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"Jon lives in a strange and wonderful land called Queens. He enjoys searching though cultural scrap heaps and haunting ethnic groceries in search of the perfect snack. He likes these books. You should read them. "

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  • Shut Up and Give Me the Mic

    By Dee Snider

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781451637403
    • Publisher: Gallery Books
    • Published: May 2013
    An official memoir by the heavy metal icon and reality television star shares unstinting perspectives on his rise, fall, and return as the frontman for the multi-platinum selling rock band, Twisted Sister.
  • Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music

    By Irwin Chusid

    Our Price: $18.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781556523724
    • Publisher: A Cappella Books
    • Published: April 2000
    Outsider musicians can be the product of damaged DNA, alien abduction, drug fry, demonic possession, or simply sheer obliviousness. This book profiles dozens of outsider musicians, both prominent and obscure—figures such as The Shaggs, Syd Barrett, Tiny Tim, Jandek, Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston, Harry Partch, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy—and presents their strange life stories along with photographs, interviews, cartoons, and discographies. About the only things these self-taught artists have in common are an utter lack of conventional tunefulness and an overabundance of earnestness and passion. But, believe it or not, they're worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality.A CD featuring songs by artists profiled in the book is also available.
  • The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made

    By Dave Marsh

    Our Price: $28.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306809019
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: May 1999
    With a new preface. The ranking will inspire any number of responses from yeah! to what? But Marsh gets in his word licks on every entry with enough conviction to make the whole project worth hanging in therewith. Unless, of course, you have real convictions. It covers a whole lot of shakin'! 717p. Pap.
  • The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story from Buchenwald to New Orleans

    Our Price: $22.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781416566281
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: 2010
    Bestselling journalist Mark Jacobson tells the story of how he came into possession of a lampshade made from the skin of concentration camp prisoners, the book tells of his search to establish the origin, and larger meaning, of what can only be described as an icon of terror. Almost everything he uncovers about the lampshade is contradictory, mysterious, shot through with legend and specious information. Through interviews and forensic experts, renowned Holocaust scholars (and deniers), Buchenwald survivors and liberators, and New Orleans thieves and cops, Jacobson gradually comes to see the lampshade as a ghostly illuminator of his own existential status as a Jew, and to understand exactly what that means in the context of human responsibility. One question looms as his search progresses: what to do with the lampshade. Notes, References, Index. Illus., b&w photographs. 357p.
  • The Same River Twice: A Memoir

    By Chris Offutt

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780743229494
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: March 2003
  • Union Dues

    By John Sayles

    Our Price: $19.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781560257301
    • Publisher: NATION BOOKS
    • Published: January 2006
    Scrounging for day-labor jobs in order to support himself, West Virginia man Hunter McNutt encounters a multitude of diverse characters in his efforts to locate his seventeen-year-old runaway son Hobie, who has drifted into a Boston commune of young revolutionaries. Reprint.
  • Wax Poetics Anthology, Volume 1

    By Wax Poetics

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781576875087
    • Publisher: Wax Poetics Inc.
    • Published: June 2009
    “The fandom driving the magazine is infectious, and the best pieces are simply essential.... 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 recordcollector porn.” —The Onion A.V. Club Wax Poetics Anthology, Volume 1, the first book from the esteemed music journal showcasing everyone from jazz and Hip Hop heavyweights to soul and funk musicians, gathers articles from their first five issues into an attractive hardbound edition filled with vintage photos and album art. Including profiles of the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, funk drummers Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jab’O” Starks, Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn, the late jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus, and many more, this first installment of the Wax Poetics Anthology is a must-have for record collectors and music connoisseurs alike. First published in December 2001, Brooklyn-born Wax Poetics hit newsstands with a new vision for music journalism, creating a bridge between the past and present of Hip Hop, jazz, funk, soul, reggae, disco, and Latin music. Although originally created for a concentrated market of music aficionados, the magazine’s audience has grown exponentially, making musical anthropologists out of average music listeners and spawning a soul renaissance, complete with comeback tours and sophomore efforts. Wax Poetics illuminates the dark corners of our sonic past, while also striving to give new and innovative artists the credit they truly deserve.

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