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Why Vinyl Matters

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

Genre Music Books Cat no. 9781851498635

In 2015, vinyl sales in the US increased by 30% - a raise for the tenth year in succession - and 1.29 million vinyl albums were sold in the UK in 2014, the first time the million mark has...

Art Sex Music

Cosey Fanni Tutti

Label Faber & Faber Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9780571328512

Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris and Cosey, has consistently challenged ...

Make Trouble

John Waters and Eric Hanson

Label Algonquin Books Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9781616206352

So what if you have talent? Then what?

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire

Kurt Andersen

In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not somethi...

Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H. R. from Bad Brains

Howie Abrams / James Lathos

Label Lesser Gods Genre Punk Books Cat no. 9781944713010

The legendary frontman of Bad Brains lost his mind and then, improbably, found his way back to sanity and stability.

The Strokes: The First Ten Years

Cody Smyth, Mick Rock and Gabriel Kuo

Genre Music Books Cat no. 9781944713171

The first authorized visual record of one of New York's greatest bands from the close friend who saw it all.

Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium

John Corbett

Label Duke University Press Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9780822363668

Music writer, curator, and collector John Corbett burrows deep inside the record collector's mind, documenting and reflecting on his decades-long love affair with vinyl. Discussing more t...

Thurston Moore: We Sing a New Language

Nick Soulsby

Label Omnibus Pr & Schirmer Trade Books Genre Rock-Pop Cat no. 9781468315004

As one of Sonic Youth’s founding members, Thurston Moore has been acknowledged as a crucial forefather of the alternative rock scene of the past thirty years. In addition to his songs wit...

Broad City Mad Libs

Mad Libs

Label Random House Genre Comedy Books Cat no. 9780515159271

Fill in the blanks of the 21 original stories inside this book inspired by the popular Comedy Central sitcom starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Yaaaaas.

Meet Me In The Bathroom

Lizzy Goodman

Label Dey Street Books Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9780062233097

Joining the ranks of the classics Please Kill Me, Our Band Could Be Your Life, and Can't Stop Won't Stop, an intriguing oral history of the post-9/11 decline of the old-guard music indust...


Nathaniel Russell

Label Penguin Random House Genre Comedy Books Cat no. 9781524759575

The perfect present for buds and dormroom inhabitors, this collection of viral fake fliers is at once strange, thought-provoking, and hilarious. Printed on heavy, cardstock-like paper, th...

We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Label Anchor books Genre Feminist Books Cat no. 9781101911761

In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah,offers readers a unique def...

Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002

David Sedaris

Label Hachette Genre Comedy Books Cat no. 9780316154727

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally,...

Hip-Hop Alphabet

Howie Abrams, Michael McLeer and Darryl McDaniels

Label Lesser Gods Genre Hip Hop Cat no. 9781944713324

Hip-Hop Alphabet is a wondrous alphabetical journey through the glorious history of hip-hop featuring clever rhymes and graffiti-style illustrations.

Fearless: Post-Rock 1987-2001

Jeanette Leech

Label jawbone Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9781911036159

In 1994, the music critic Simon Reynolds coined a new term: post-rock. It was an attempt to give a narrative to music that used the tools of rock but did something utterly different with ...

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette

Nathan W. Pyle

Label William Morrow Genre New York Books Cat no. 9780062303110

Living in New York City for five years as a transplant from Ohio, illustrator and T-shirt designer Nathan Pyle was fascinated by the unique habits and unspoken customs New Yorkers follow ...

Down With Childhood

Paul Rekret

Label Random House Genre Music Analysis Cat no. 9781910924495

Sometimes popular music registers our concerns and anxieties more lucidly than we realise. This is evident in the case of an ideal of childhood innocence in rapid decay in recent decades....

Mick Ronson: The Spider with the Platinum Hair

Weird and Gilly

Label John Blake Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 9781786062680

This book provides a deeply intimate insight into the life and times of an extraordinarily talented guitarist. A man who was tender and caring off the stage, yet fierce and electrifying o...

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

David Yaffe

Label Sarah Chrichton Books Genre Music Books Cat no. 9780374248130

Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, hear...

In A Daze Work

Siobhan Gallagher

Label Penguin Genre Comedy Books Cat no. 9780143130284

"This is the choose-your-own-adventure book all millennials need."--Brit & Co.Choose your way to a perfect day with this adventurous book full of personality, tongue-in-cheek wordplay...

A Queer Little History of Art

Alex Pilcher

Label Abrams Genre Art Books Cat no. 9781849765039

Over the last century, many artists have made works that challenge dominant models of gender and sexuality. The results can be sexy or serious, satirical or tender, discreetly coded or de...

The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

David Wiegel

Label W. W. Norton & Company Genre 60s & 70s Cat no. 9780393242256

The Show That Never Ends is the definitive story of the extraordinary rise and fall of progressive (“prog”) rock. Epitomized by such classic, chart-topping bands as Yes, Genesis, Pink Flo...

Bad Girls Throughout History

Ann Shen

Label Chronicle Books Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9781452153933

Full of beautiful artwork featuring 100 rule-breaking, precedent-setting women, this delightful volume is not only the perfect coffee table accent (all the pretty pictures!) but it's a br...

Designed For Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP

Janet Borgerson

Label Mit Press Genre Music Books Cat no. 9780262036238

The sleek hi-fi console in a well-appointed midcentury American living room might have had a stack of albums by musicians like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, or Patti Page. It was just as ...

Bowie Unseen: Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man

Gerald Fearnley

Label Acc Pub Group Genre Music Books Cat no. 9781851498642

In 1967, a 20-year-old David Jones decided to change his name to avoid confusion with the lead singer of the Monkees. He decided on 'Bowie'. By this time, Jones had been playing music for...

For The Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records

Brian Slagel

Genre Music Books Cat no. 9781947026001

The story of Metal Blade Records is the story of Brian Slagel-a metal-obsessed Southern California kid who launched a fanzine and landed a record store job before cobbling together what h...