Category: Pop culture

Graffiti Burners

Dokument Forlag & Dist | May 15, 2011 | 137 pages
In cities worldwide, graffiti art is constantly being taken to higher levels. This visual guide to the best graffiti art in the world today features all the latest techniques plus tips and guidance from the most impressive urban artists.  More Info

Subway World

Dokument Forlag & Dist | November 15, 2009 | 168 pages
Subway World is a book about graffiti on subway trains all over the world. What started in New York in the seventies has become an worldwide artform with thousands of artists. The tradition of using subway cars as canvases has been preserved and has become an integrated part of the graffiti... More Info

Stencil King

Lebowski | March 15, 2011 | 160 pages
'In the beginning, before Street Art was even invented, Hugo Kaagman was getting up on the streets and walls of Europe. His work is the living embodiment of the collison between Punk and Art and Resistance. I wish more artists had more of Hugo's energy and less of their own pretensions. Forget all... More Info

The Thousands

Drago Arts & Comm | November 15, 2009 | 43 pages
Michael "RJ" Rushmore is a seventeen year old young man living and working in London. He is the founder of Vandalog, a blog highly respected and widely known throughout the contemporary art world. While taking a gap year before heading to university, he has taken on the task of curating his first... More Info

From style writing to art

Drago Arts & Comm | November 30, 2009 | 399 pages
Argues that graffiti writing is one of the most significant developments in contemporary art; traces its rise from its origins through its spread throughout the world to its current forms; and spotlights notable artists.  More Info

Dancing With Jesus

Running PressBook Pub | October 9, 2012 | 26 pages
Features humorous dances inspired by the tenets of Christianity and the life of Jesus Christ, including the temptation tango, the Judas hustle, and the Last Supper stomp.  More Info

Knitted Dolls

Trafalgar Square | June 1, 2012 | 200 pages
With a fresh and unique quirkiness that channels the inner child, this handbook aspires to bring a little bit of fun to knitting by creating a fantastic collection of knitted dolls and charming, miniature wardrobes. Directions for easy-to-knit dolls and tips for giving them distinct features are... More Info

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Portfolio Trade | June 14, 2012 | 256 pages
Like The Omnivore's Dilemma did for food, Overdressed shows us the way back to feeling good about what we wear. Fast fashion and disposable clothing have become our new norms. We buy ten dollar shoes from Target that disintegrate within a month and make weekly pilgrimages to Forever 21 and H&M.... More Info

Batman and Psychology

Wiley | June 19, 2012 | 352 pages
Untangle the complex web of philosophical dilemmas of Spidey and his world-in time for the release of The Amazing Spider-Man movie Since Stan Lee and Marvel introduced Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, everyones favorite webslinger has had a long career in comics, graphic novels, cartoons,... More Info

The Music Instinct

Oxford Univ Pr | July 1, 2012 | 464 pages
From Bach fugues to Indonesian gamelan, from nursery rhymes to rock, music has cast its light into every corner of human culture. But why music excites such deep passions, and how we make sense of musical sound at all, are questions that have until recently remained unanswered. Now in The Music... More Info

Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll

W W Norton & Company Incorporated | June 4, 2012 | 592 pages
Describes the life and music of one of America's greatest rock and rollers, providing an overview and analysis of the cultural, political and personal forces that influenced his music and led him to explore issues like war, class disparity and prejudice. 20,000 first printing.  More Info

Images in Spite of All

May 15, 2012 | 248 pages
Of one and a half million surviving photographs related to Nazi concentration camps, only four depict the actual process of mass killing perpetrated at the gas chambers. Images in Spite of All reveals that these rare photos of Auschwitz, taken clandestinely by one of the Jewish prisoners forced to... More Info

The Dozens

Oxford University Press, USA | May 31, 2012 | 256 pages
Following his groundbreaking explorations of the blues and American popular music in Escaping the Delta and How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll, Elijah Wald turns his attention to the tradition of African American street rhyming and verbal combat that ruled urban neighborhoods long before rap:... More Info

Zaprudered

Univ of Texas Pr | September 1, 2011 | 211 pages
As the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination approaches, the traumatic aspects of the tragedy continue to haunt our perceptions of the 1960s. One reason for this lies in the home movie of the incident filmed by Abraham Zapruder, a bystander who became one of the twentieth century's most... More Info

Best Music Writing 2011

Da Capo Pr | November 29, 2011 | 336 pages
Presents a collection of essays written in 2011 about music and its culture covering such music styles as rock, pop, rap, jazz, blues, and country and featuring such authors as Jason Cherkis, Jessica Hopper, Chet Flippo, and James Wood.  More Info

Listen to This

Picador USA | October 25, 2011 | 400 pages
A collection that covers everything from classical music to the top pop hits includes the the author's best New Yorker essays on music. By the author of The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.... More Info

Care to Make Love in That Gross Little Space Between Cars?

Vintage Books | March 6, 2012 | 224 pages
A collection of offbeat, belligerent advice columns from The Believer is augmented by contributions by such comics and writers as Bob Saget, Amy Sedaris and Nick Hornby and provides dubiously helpful tips on dilemmas ranging from getting wine stains out of granite to avoiding being found dead in... More Info

Life

Back Bay Books | May 3, 2011 | 576 pages
The lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones recounts his life, from a youth obsessed with Chuck Berry to the formation of the Stones and their subsequent stardom, and discusses his problems with drugs, the death of Brian Jones, and his relationship with Mick Jagger.  More Info

Garfield Brings Home the Bacon

Ballantine Books | January 31, 2012 | 96 pages
A latest compilation of strips featuring the voracious and hedonist orange feline finds him continuing his abuse of the long-suffering Jon and Odie while competing with the impossibly cute Nermal and making scathing observations about Jon's romance with the straight-talking veterinarian, Liz.... More Info

Ice

One World | January 24, 2012 | 251 pages
The Grammy Award-winning hip-hop and television star shares the story of his early life, marked by the deaths of his parents, his involvement in gangs and the single-minded work ethic that enabled his rise to international fame. Reprint.  More Info

Ramblin' man

W W Norton & Co Inc | March 1, 2006 | 488 pages
The life and career of the most recognized and beloved folk musician of the twentieth century are recalled here, with details of his hobo days as well as his marriage, his "subversive" activities, and his eventual death from Huntingdon's Disease. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.  More Info

This Is a Book

Grand Central Pub | April 10, 2012 | 288 pages
A collection from the star of Comedy Central's Important Things With Demetri Martin includes humorous essays, charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners and lists. Reprint.  More Info

Simple Times

Grand Central Pub | November 1, 2011 | 304 pages
Describes how to make unconventional crafts from simple materials and offers humorous advice on finding inspiration for crafts, creating a craft room, avoiding the most common crafting accidents, and cooking edible crafts.  More Info

House and Psychology

Wiley | October 4, 2011 | 336 pages
Presents psychological profiles of the fictional characters from the television series "House."  More Info

Spider-Man and Philosophy

Wiley | May 15, 2012 | 288 pages
"Philosophy is, if Plato (428-348 BCE) can be trusted, a frenzied passion for the truth, the love of wisdom, the pursuit of answers to fundamental questions, a way of life. The authors of the chapters in this book are all philosophers, most are college professors, and all are teachers of one sort... More Info

Ticket Masters

Plume | April 24, 2012 | 400 pages
"A clear, comprehensive look at a murky business." -The Wall Street Journal Your favorite band has just announced their nationwide tour. Should you pay to join their fan club and get in on the presale? No, you decide to wait. But the on-sale date arrives, and the site is jammed. You can't get... More Info

Keeping Track

April 10, 2012 | 288 pages
The host of CBC Radio's Sparkexplores the very real impact of the virtual information we generate about ourselves -- on our own lives, our communities, and our government. We generate enormous amounts of online data about our habits: where we go, what we do, and how we feel. Some of that is stuff... More Info

Beck

Chronicle Books Llc | November 9, 2011 | 176 pages
Over the past 15 years, photographer Autumn de Wilde and musician Beck Hansen s friendship and collaboration have yielded a body of work every bit as playful, innovative, and lyrical as his music. This beautifully designed volume featuring a circular fold-out poster jacket collects the best of... More Info

Sound

April 24, 2012 | 384 pages
Returning to a New Jersey shore that considerably differs from the home he remembers, graduate school dropout Cincy immerses himself in music and takes a boatyard management job while obsessing about a woman he pursues through a tangle of wild parties and packed clubs. Original. A first novel.... More Info

Out of Our Heads

Backbeat Books | February 1, 2010 | 266 pages
Out of Our Heads is the Rare Book That is Unafraid to celebrate rock'n' roll's druggy good times-before the uptight killjoys and self-righteous reformists came along and spoiled the party.  More Info

Air Farce

Wiley | December 13, 2011 | 272 pages
A rollicking, behind-the-scenes look at Canada's favourite comedy troupe A staple of CBC television for fifteen years, with diehard fans numbering in the millions, Canada's Royal Canadian Air Farce exemplifies brilliant comedic mayhem.  More Info

Record Store Days

Sterling Pub Co Inc | February 7, 2012 | 256 pages
"There's nothing as glamorous as a record store." Paul McCartney In this era of digital downloads, the small, indie record shop might sound like an anachronism. But, in fact, record stores served as community centers, information exchanges, clubs, art galleries, and launching pads for numerous... More Info

Your Playlist Can Change Your Life

Sourcebooks | January 1, 2012 | 235 pages
Argues that listening to music can have a beneficial psychological and physical effect, discussing how it improves memory and creativity, boosts the immune system, increases cognitive abilities, and enhances feelings of happiness and well-being.  More Info

America's Film Legacy, 2009-2010

Continuum International Pub Group | November 24, 2011 | 224 pages
An authoritative and extraordinary guide to the newest 50 films, chosen by the National Film Registry, from 2009/10.  More Info

Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace

Continuum International Pub Group | October 6, 2011 | 166 pages
For two days in January 1972, Aretha Franklin sang at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles while tape recorders and film cameras rolled. Everyone there knew the event had the potential to be historic: five years after ascending to soul royalty and commercial success, Franklin was... More Info

Conversations With Clint

Continuum International Pub Group | October 6, 2011 | 256 pages
Long considered lost, these extensive interviews between legendary Rolling Stone journalist Paul Nelson and Clint Eastwood were discovered after Nelson's death in 2006. Editor: Kevin Avery's writing has appeared in publications as diverse as Mississippi Review, Penthouse, Weber Studies, and Salt... More Info

Fail Harder

Andrews McMeel Pub | September 6, 2011 | 192 pages
The harder we try, the harder we FAIL, and never is imperfectness, ineptitude, and ridiculousness on more display than in Fail Harder: Hard Fail, the hilarious chronicle of mishaps and misdeeds based on the hugely popular Web site failblog.org. With 200 silent-but-awesome new displays of FAILs,... More Info

Lyrics 1964-2011

Simon and Schuster | September 13, 2011 | 392 pages
A landmark compilation of popular music, this collection contains Paul Simon's lyrics from his first album in 1964 to the present, now with 2011's So Beautiful Or So What?  More Info

Occupants

October 1, 2011 | 176 pages
For the past twenty-five years, Henry Rollins has searched out the most desolate corners of the Earth?from Iraq to Afghanistan, Thailand to Mali, and beyond?articulating his observations through music and words, on radio and television, and in magazines and books. Though he's known for the raw... More Info

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction 2

Chicago Review Pr | October 1, 2011 | 256 pages
Culling common household items to create an uncommon arsenal of miniature gadgets and side-arms, this guidebook provides do-it-yourself spy enthusiasts with 35 different surveillance tools and weapons. 256 pp.  More Info

The Greatest Movies Ever

Black Dog & Leventhal Pub | January 18, 2012 | 328 pages
The 101 greatest movies of all time ranked and critiqued. Fully updated for the paperback edition with new films. From The Godfather (#1) to Groundhog's Day (#101) The Greatest Movies Ever is fun and controversial ranking of the greatest movies of all time, as selected by film critics Gail Kinn and... More Info

Knit Your Own Dog

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers | February 23, 2011 | 175 pages
Presents projects with instructions and color illustrations for twenty-five breeds of knitted stuffed toy canines.  More Info

Close to the Edge

Verso Books | September 12, 2011 | 204 pages
Follows the author's journey into street culture around the world, from Chicago and Caracas to Havana and Sydney, grappling with questions of global voices and local critiques, and the rage that underlies both.  More Info

Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith

August 30, 2011 | 128 pages
Offers a pictorial behind-the scenes look at a 1996 concert tour with the artist, presenting over one hundred images that capture life on the road with her.  More Info

Seed to Weed

February 7, 2012 | 128 pages
In this era of marijuana activism, DIY, and gardening fever, what better use for that windowsill or small patch than growing your own weed? This fun, colorful guide makes marijuana cultivation less intimidating than ever before. Cannabis grow guides are perennial strong sellers, and with increasing... More Info

I Mix What I Like!

A K Pr Distribution | June 21, 2011 | 240 pages
A manifesto on the journalistic purpose of the hip-hop mixtape.  More Info

Drugs Are Nice

Soft Skull Pr | October 25, 2005 | 250 pages
"Lisa "Suckdog" Carver has written widely on popular music, culture, and her own sex life. With Drugs Are Nice, she charts the birth of the movement she helped create, from the dizzying highs of European performance art tours to the genesis of the zine phenomenon." "When her drug dealer father... More Info

Dirty, Drunk, and Punk

Insomniac Pr | October 9, 2010 | 256 pages
The Bunchofuckingoofs were born in 1984. They were a punk band. An art collective. A bicycle gang. They were anti-establishment, anti-consumerism, and lived totally D.I.Y. They played music, made their own clothes, and lived commune-style at Fort Goof. Their name even made it onto the Berlin Wall.... More Info

Celebrations of Curious Characters

McSweeneys Books | May 15, 2011 | 112 pages
Celebrations of Curious Characters cracks open the personal vaults of Ricky Jay—raconteur, historian, and legendary sleight-of-hand artist—exposing a wonderful world of amusing and arcane knowledge. Adapted from his popular NPR series "Jay's Journal," Celebrations of Curious Characters features... More Info

Red Rock

October 1, 2011 | 304 pages
A look at the people and events that have created Chinese rock & roll.  More Info

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