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Love Goes To Buildings On Fire

Will Hermes

Label Faber & Faber Genre Rock N Roll Cat no. 9780374533540

Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. The loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists. In the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of...

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...

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 ...

How Music Works

David Byrne

Label Three Rivers Press Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9780804188937

How Music Works is musician and creative polymath David Byrne's incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form. From its very inceptions to the comprehensive influences that shape...

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...

Sit Like A Buddha

Lodro Rinzler

Label Shambala Genre Self-Help Books Cat no. 9781611801651

This is the ultimate go-to guide for learning how to meditate. It contains all the instructions you'll need to get started in a remarkably short space, but it also shows you how to make m...

The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song from Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed

Shea Serrano

Label Abrams Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9781419718182

"The Rap Year Book" takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up t...

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 Curious World of Drugs

Ingo Niermann

Label Penguin Random House Genre Drug Books Cat no. 9780452289918

A fun compilation of drug facts and miscellany, some to make you laugh, and some to make you go hmmmmm.

Secret New York An Unusual Guide

T.M. Rives

Label Ingram Genre New York Books Cat no. 9782361950248

Discover Secret Gardens, decipher ancient riddles on tombstones, visit a disturbed Indian burial ground, observe the stars and planets through a university telescope, frown at a bronze st...

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...

Dream Baby Dream: Suicide - A New York Story

Kris Needs

Label Omnibus Pr & Schirmer Trade Books Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9781468314441

New York City-based punk duo Suicide, though often feared and spurned for their anarchic and taboo-busting sound, inspired the major musical movements of the 1970s. In Dream Baby Dream, a...

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...

In Love With These Times: My Life With Flying Nun Records

Roger Shepherd

Label Harper Collins Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9781775540892

Filled with revealing anecdote and insight, this is the definitive insider history of the one of the most innovative and original record labels of the modern era. "Surely the label with t...

Substance: Inside New Order

Peter Hook

Label Simon & Schuster Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 9780062307972

Two acclaimed albums, an upcoming US tour - Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour and the beginning of what would surely have been an international succe...

Label Simon & Schuster Genre New Wave & Post Punk Cat no. 9781471132414

Two acclaimed albums, an upcoming US tour - Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour and the beginning of what would surely have been an international succe...

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...

David Bowie: The Last Interview

David Bowie

Label Melville House Books Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9781612195759

The massive, world-wide outpouring of grief at the death of David Bowie notably focused on not only his stunning musical output, but also his fascinating refusal to stay the same—the same...

I Am The Wolf: Lyrics and Writings

Mark Lanegan

Label Da Capo Genre Music Books Cat no. 9780306825279

A collection of lyrics and autobiographical commentary by singer Mark Lanegan, with a preface by John Cale and a foreword by Moby

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,...

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 ...

Federal Reports On Police Killings

US Govt.

Label Melville House Books Genre Books & Magazines Cat no. 9781612196541

Federal Reports on Police Killings: Ferguson, Cleveland, and Baltimore, the complete reports from the Department of Justice's landmark investigations of police violence in three major Ame...

Michael Jackson, INC.

Zack O'Malley Greenberg

Label Atria Books Genre Books Cat no. 9781476706375

The surprising rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story of how Michael Jackson grew a billion-dollar business.

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 ...

Girls To The Front

Sara Marcus

Label Harper Collins Genre Feminist Books Cat no. 9780061806360

Girls to the Front is the epic, definitive history of the Riot Grrrl movement—the radical feminist punk uprising that exploded into the public eye in the 1990s, altering America’s gender ...