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Monday, Nov 22, 2010
Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock by Will Romano [$24.99]

Get your prog on with Mountains Come Out of Time Sky, a new illustrated history of the under appreciated genre. From its artful beginning (Syd-Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the Mothers of Invention) through the Golden Age (Rush, Pink Floyd, Yes), all the way to the present day (Dream Theater, Mars Volta), this is the book prog rock junkies have been waiting for.


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Friday, Nov 19, 2010
The Making of Pink Floyd: The Wall by Gerald Scarfe [$29.95]

In conjunction with Roger Waters’ restaging of The Wall, Gerald Scarfe brings Pink Floyd fans a never-before-seen look at the legendary band and the making of The Wall in all its forms - the album, the stage show, the film, and the aforementioned reinvented 2010 tour. As the designer and director of animation for the classic Wish You Were Here and the Wall‘s first stage show and film, Scarfe intimately recounts the band’s high and low points, both on and off the stage. Providing an insider’s look at the evolution of the landmark album, the book is full of storyboards, sketches, and photos - many of which have never been published, ‘til now.


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Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
This Day in Music: An Everyday Record of Musical Feats and Facts by Neil Cossar, Pete Hawkins [$24.95]

The long-awaited book of Neil Cossar’s online calendar guide to half a century’s worth of rock and pop is finally available. Featuring a page for every day of the calendar, you can use this compendium of milestones and trivia to see what rock stars share your birthday (Jerry Garcia! Nice!) as well as catch-up on the dirt and glories of yesteryear. Fully illustrated with hundreds of photographs, press cuttings and albums covers, this book is must for the pop music historian.


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Thursday, Dec 17, 2009
Gig Posters - Clay Hayes - Quirk Books [$40.00]

Clay Hayes’ book is a collection of some of the finest posters from his website, Gigposters.com, an online community of designers and fans showcasing the incredible poster work being done around the world. Letterpress, screen printing, digital, and mash-ups of all forms do more than just advertise, they become art. The whole point is to grab someone’s attention. Hayes’ book is a design feat in itself. Each page is perforated and meant to detach, giving readers 101 mini-prints, making this a book one can literally deconstruct. This feature harkens back to the built-in disposability of posters which one hung on telephone poles, bar windows, or community bulletins boards. Gig posters are meant to be cherished. They’re the last great rock ‘n’ roll commodity, merchandise elevated above the commercial and into the artistic by the artists featured here and the others like them. Actually, they’ve always been art, and it’s the quality of the work, in everything from basic design down to the minute details, that makes these posters so amazing. And this book an amazing gift for any art or rock lover. And honestly, who doesn’t fall into at least one of those categories?


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Wednesday, Dec 16, 2009
Grateful Dead Scrapbook - Edited by Ben Fong-Torres - Chronicle [$40.00]

In the summer of 2001, I went to MusicFest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I saw Dark Star Ochestra perform (an authorized Grateful Dead tribute band). There I met my first Dead Head. He was a hippie with long, long hair, a scraggly beard and of course, he was smoking a joint. Watching him and his lady twirl around to the sounds of the Dead made me realize the difference between being a fan and being a fanatic. The Grateful Dead Scrapbook is a great gift for the Dead Head, the converted corporate hippie or Earth Mother (the fanatics). With pictures and interviews, this compilation takes the reader back to the time when the Dead were alive. But it also delivers just the right amount of nostalgia and obscurity to appeal to the granola-types that follow Phish around, save up for Burning Man, and spend their spare time at the disc-golfing course (the fans).


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