The flaming Appalachian gospel you can hear in Little Richard, James Brown, Elvis, especially Jerry Lee. Songs and sermons, 300-plus pages of riveting oral history, lyrics, 290 photos. Total Dust To Digital class.
320 pages of marvellous photographs, with an introduction by Stuart Hall, and commentary by Paul Gilroy (who wrote the sleevenotes for our own London Is The Place For Me, second volume).
Terrific. 200 pages of articles and images (with several colour plates) about Brazilian music and culture, keen to dig deep. Lots about music; film, literature. CD compilation of brand-new music. Recommended.
More than two hundred classic LP sleeves — lovely, lovely stuff, mostly 1970s, reproduced seven-inch square — selected by the WP crew.
Lovely, intimate 128-page book and sizzling 18-tracker devoted to the electric guitar preacher and his COGIC buddies. Once again CaseQuarter brings the shit.
‘The best (and worst) music too good for major labels… a hilarious, obsessively passionate collection of vanity and insanity from the depths of human creativity’ (John Zorn). 512-page hard-back; shipping included.
Ee by gum, this is a mouthwatering prospect. A biography of Arthur Russell, and an in-depth account of the NY Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992, by the author of Love Saves The Day, that superb history of disco.
Unmissable, first-and-best, most thorough historical account. One hundred and ninety pages, with forty photos, eighty-odd song-lyrics — and a CD of classic recordings (Bellou, Tsitsanis, Eskenazi and co).
Fabulous collection of early photographs from various sources, in numerous styles, to do with music, records, listening — and two CDs full of magical 78s, including several one-off amateur recordings.
An insider account of the jazz scene in Britain at the start of the 1970s, based around in-depth interviews with Mike Westbrook, Evan Parker, Chris McGregor and others. Expanded now, with extra photos too.
Plenty of errors (Languidity? With folk maestro Richard Thompson on bass?), and enough hot air to stick Branson on the moon, but some engrossing interviews, too.
Featuring Leah Gordon’s fantastic photographs.
With oral histories and various short essays.
This fine American-Grain poet digs Elmo Hope as badly as he does Lucia Berlin (and he’s sniffy about Tom Waits). His prose here is clear as a bell, ranging from Bach to the Louvins. Warmly recommended.
The comprehensive discography section is invaluable and awe-inspiring. Plenty of photos, too, albeit black and white.
Gorgeous and heavy-duty: a hardback of photos of mid-70s South Side Chicago clubland — Kools, cars, sex, threads, booze, Pimp Oil — with a juicy double-LP of funky blues. To Europe only; UK postage free.
‘The jazz world has seen its share of compelling autobiographies but none to rival the quality of Beneath The Underdog. A shocking and brilliant book’ (Q magazine).
A fascinating historical overview stuffed with interviews, histories and fresh information, intertwining porro, vallenato and cumbia with issues of sexuality, race, nation, tradition. Nothing better on the subject.
‘Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream. And Stevie Wonder had a dream. This is a book about dreams.’ Gripping memoir, steeped in Gil’s inimitable voice and consciousness. Hardback, discounted and post-free.
His second novel, set in the 1960s, on the campus of Sutton University in Virginia, scornfully dissecting the ways we’re conditioned to think along narrow, compliant lines.