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Cash, Johnny, with Patrick Carr, CASH (Revised & Updated). . NEW copy, PAPERBACK. (HarpeerSanFrancisco). 310 pages.
~~~ He was the "Man in Black," a country music legend, and the quintessential American troubadour. He was an icon of rugged individualism who had been to hell and back, telling the tale as never before. In his unforgettable autobiography, Johnny Cash tells the truth about the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs, and the people who shaped him.

$15.95


Currey, Richard, LOST HIGHWAY. . NEW copy, PAPERBACK. (Mariner Books). 258 pages.
~~~ Working the back roads and taverns of the Appalachian South after World War II, gifted country musician Sapper Reeves finds his music as overlooked as the country he travels. Currey's explorations of a father's love for his son, a veteran's enduring dignity, and a love affair spanning half a century "are like tiny miracles . . . that stir the heart and mind in ways only the best fiction can."

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Dylan, Bob, CHRONICLES (Volume 1). NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Simon & Schuster). 293 pages.
~~~ The first installment of a three-volume memoir by one of the greatest musical legends of all time. By turns revealing, poetical, passionate and witty, Chronicles: Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan's thoughts and influences. Dylan's voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns Chronicles: Volume One into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.

$24.00

[Dylan} Benjamin Hedin, STUDIO A: The Bob Dylan Reader. NEW copy, hardcover. (WW Norton & Company). 336 pages.
~~~ The essential writing on the essential songwriter. Studio A chronicles the creator of some of the most indelible popular music of our time, a restless and protean figure whose career has been the subject of repeated transformations, declines, and comebacks. From early singles such as "Blowin' in the Wind" to recent albums like Love and Theft, Bob Dylan has proven himself to be the greatest lyricist of modern songwriters and the "poet laureate" of the 1960s. Authors in Studio A examine how Dylan's albums and live concerts have secured his place in the traditions of folk, rock, and blues. Contributors include Dylan himself, Sam Shepard, Bruce Springsteen, Clive James, Allen Ginsberg, Johnny Cash, and Greil Marcus, and the text features previously unpublished work by Joyce Carol Oates, Gary Giddins, Rick Moody, Tom Piazza, and Barry Hannah. Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader gathers over forty articles, poems, essays, speeches, literary criticisms, and interviews in an indispensable look at Bob Dylan's unique literary legacy. 8 pages of photographs.

$24.95


[Dylan} Joanna Price, THE BOB DYLAN SCRAPBOOK: 1956-1966 . NEW copy, hardcover. (Simon & Schuster). 64 pages.
~~~ The Bob Dylan Scrapbook is the highly collectable illustrated biography of Dylan's life during the 1950s and 60s. Created in association with Bob Dylan, the scrapbook is crammed with features including rare photographs, facsimiles of handwritten lyrics and rare memorabilia. The text includes interviews with Dylan and his friends and fellow musicians to form a uniquely personal view of the greatest singer songwriter of his generation. A special bonus audio CD contains sixty minutes of early interviews and a rare performance. The Bob Dylan Scrapbook is an altogether handsome slipcased hardback with over 100 photographs and illustrations.

$45.00

[Dylan} Christopher Ricks, DYLAN'S VISIONS OF SIN . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Ecco). 517 pages.
~~~ On of the most distinguished literary critics of our time presents a scholarly, in-depth analysis of Bob Dylan's lyrics.

$15.95

[Dylan} Oliver Trager, KEYS TO THE RAIN: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Billboard Books). 724 pages.
~~~ This book completely chronicles this music icon's recorded work. Also provided are discussions of all of his officially released albums and collaborative efforts.

$29.95









Ginsberg, Allen, COSMOPOLITAN GREETINGS: Poems 1986-1992. . VG, trade PAPERBACK. (HarperCollins, 1995). Reprint edition. 140 pages.
~~~ Half a century after "founding" the Beat Generation, Allen Ginsberg has written this powerful collection of poems that are suffused with a range of emotional colors that gives Ginsberg's work an elegiac tone.
~~~ Currently in print at $15.

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Ginsberg, Allen (Bill Morgan, ed), SELECTED ESSAYS: Selected Essays, 1952-1995. . VG, trade PAPERBACK. (HarperCollins, 2001). 560 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: "I got so mad I cut my beard and mailed it in an envelope to the district attorney." Sometimes lovely, sometimes slapdash, and sure to appeal to his broad contingent of fans, this sprawling compilation of 154 "essays" (many run only a page or so) memorializes Ginsberg's stances, opinions, reactions, experiences and proclamations. Gathering reams of fugitive prose from magazines and anthologies, and excluding prose found in Ginsberg's books of poems, this is more an omnium-gatherum than a best-of, inviting readers to sort through and make their own lists. Ginsberg (1926-1997) had begun to organize what would become this book when he died; editor Morgan, who took over the process, divides the work by theme into eight sections. "Politics and Prophecies" fittingly opens the collection, giving full vent to Ginsberg's Blakean visions of '60s, '70s and '80s America: these essays both epitomize their times and retain the most interest for most readers now. Other segments address "Drug Culture," "Mindfulness and Spirituality," "Censorship and Sex Laws," "Autobiographical Fragments," Ginsberg's own "Literary Technique" and appreciations of other writers, from Blake and Whitman to Auden and Andy Warhol. Ginsberg's best poems look casual, but the rereader of "Howl" or "Kaddish" may discover complexity, tragedy and form curled up inside their excitable wildness: this is also true sometimes, but hardly always, for these prose pieces. Yet even at their most fragmentary and notational, these paragraphs, essays, lists, declarations and blurbs recall Ginsberg's other virtues: a welcoming energy, an ecstatic drive, a belief in the eternal value of saying, as soon as possible, just what he thought.
~~~ Currently in print at $17.95.

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Ginsberg, Allen (Barry Miles, ed), HOWL. . VG, trade PAPERBACK. (HarperCollins, 1995). Reprint edition. 140 pages.
~~~ The definitive collection of all the versions of Howl includes all the background letters and accounts of public reactions to the Beat Generation writers.
~~~ Published in 1956 as the title poem of Allen Ginsberg's first collection, "Howl" is a prophetic masterpiece that overcame censorship trails to become one of the most widely read poems of the century. The annotated Howl is the poet's own re-creation of the long process of composition of a revolutionary poem that broke new ground in America poetry through its expansive poetic form, tonal range, and freshness of spirit. "Ginsberg is responsible for loosening the breath of American poetry at mid-century...Most of all, [he] has demonstrated that there is nothing in America social and erotic reality which cannot find a place [there]...[His] powerful mixture of Blake, Whitman, Pound, and Williams, to which he added his own volatile, grotesque, and tender humor, has assured him a memorable place in modern poetry."(— Helen Vendler)
~~~ Currently in print at $17.50.

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Ginsberg, Allen, JOURNALS, EARLY FIFTIES, EARLY SIXTIES. . VG, trade PAPERBACK. (HarperCollins, 1992). 313 pages.
~~~ In the 1950s and early 1960s, Allen Ginsberg and his fellow Beats led an insurrection that profoundly altered the American literary and cultural landscapes. Collected here are journal entries culed from eighteen notebooks that Ginsberg kept during this extraordinary period -- thoughts, poems, dreams, reflections, and diary notes that intimately illuminate Ginsberg's actual travels and his mental journeys. They reveal a remarkable and fascinating life: conversations with William Carlos Williams; drug experiences; a chance meeting with Dylan Thomas; stays in Mexico, San Francisco, and New York; first impressions of Naked Lunch; bits and peices of America, Kaddish and other poems; political "ravings"; and, of course, times with William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Gergory Corso, Herbert Huncke, Peter Orlovsky, and many, many others. What emerges is a truly unique personal account that will touch the mind and the soul.
~~~ Currently in print at $13.50.

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[Ginsberg], Christopher Felver, THE LATE GREAT ALLEN GINSBERG: A Photo Biography. . NF, trade PAPERBACK. (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2002). 120 pages.
~~~ A complex and many-faceted life is given its due in this photographic portrait of Allen Ginsberg's life as poet, spiritualist, friend, lover, performer, teacher, and lover of good times, from 1980 through 1997. The Late Great Allen Ginsberg is a recollection of America's most important post-World War II poet, informed by Ginsberg's sensitivity, his humanitarianism, and his love of life.
~~~ Currently in print at $24.95.

$23.00








[Guthrie] Joe Klein, WOODY GUTHRIE: A Life. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. Dell Publishing, 1999. 496 pages.
~~~ "Few artists have captured the American experience of their as wholly as folk legend Woody Guthrie. Singer, songwriter, and political activist, Guthrie drew a lifetime of inspiration from his roots on the Oklahoma frontier in the years before the Great Depression. His music—scathingly funny songs and poignant folk ballads—made heard the unsung life of field hands, migrant workers, and union organizers, and show it worthy of tribute. Though his career was tragically cut short by the onset of a degenerative disease that ravaged his body and mind, the legacy of his life and music had already made him an American cultural icon, and has resounded with every generation of musician and music lover since. In this definitive biography, Joe Klein, renowned journalist and author of the bestselling novel Primary Colors, creates an unforgettable portrait of a man as gifted, restless, and complicated as the American landscape he came from."

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[Holiday} Hilton Als & David Margolick, STRANGE FRUIT . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Ecco Press). 138 pages.
~~~ Recorded by jazz legend Billie Holiday in 1939, "Strange Fruit," is considered to be the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first direct musical assault upon racial lynchings in the South. Originally sung in New York's Café Society, these revolutionary lyrics take on a life of their own in this revealing account of the song and the struggle it personified.

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[Holiday} Robert G. O'Meally, LADY DAY: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Ecco Press). 138 pages.
~~~ In this absorbing and authoritative account of her life and art, Robert O'Meally brings Billie Holiday's musical genius into sharp focus, offering new information about her early musical growth and how she made herself the greatest jazz singer in history. Emphasizing Holiday's artistry and training rather than the more frequently highlighted miseries of her personal life, he uses voluminous archival material to correct common myths about her, including those she herself was responsible for.

$20.00










[Hooker} Charles Shaar Murray, BOOGIE MAN: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century. . VG/VG. Minor wear to jacket. (St Martin's Press, 2000) Photographs, 499 pages.
~~~ Part a masterful exercise in critical music appreciation, part blues history, but mostly the definitive story of John Lee Hooker, one of the giants of the blues, BOOGIE MAN is perceptive, instructional, chattily written (author Charles Shaar Murray combines the twin virtues of being both well-informed and compulsively readable), and innovative in its depictions of the man, his music, and his origins. Circumventing the traditional, names and dates-laden methods ofbiography, Murray's book is a free-wheeling journey through Hooker's Mississippi birthplace, the musical and social backgrounds against which he made his first recording--which also became his first hit--"Boogie Chillen," and his several cycles of success and obscurity. Murray's many in-depth interviews with Hooker's friends, producers, and fellow musicians, in tandem with his obvious deep affinity for Hooker's music and the blues in general, produce a fascinatingcomposite portrait of the artist, incorporating, as the author states, not only explanations of when and where Hooker produced his unique style of blues, but the infinitely more slippery questions of how and why.
~~~ OUT OF PRINT.

$35.00








Fitzhugh, Bill, HIGHWAY 61 RESURFACED. . NEW copy, hardcover. (William Morrow & Co). 353 pages.
~~~ Funny, suspenseful, and full of rock 'n roll, this is the second tale in the hilarious mystery series featuring aging DJ turned PI Rick Shannon.

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Steil, Tim, HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED. . NEW copy, hardcover. (Motorbooks International). 160 pages.
~~~ Stretching from New Orleans to the U.S.-Canada border in Grand portage, Minnesota, U.S. Highway 61- like its east-west counterpart Route 66 - is a dying vestige of a time when two blacktop lanes represented the zenith of cross-country highway travel. Unlike Route 66, however a strong case can be made that Highway 61 - running 1,699 miles through the gut of the nation - is a much truer cross-section of American heritage and geography. From the Deep South, steeped in the tragic legacy of slavery and the magic of rhythm and blues, to the lily-white North Shore of Lake Superior, inhabited largely by the descendants of Scandinavian immigrants, this evocative and artfully executed celebration of Highway 61 is organized as a "road trip" book in three acts: 1) Louisiana to Memphis, 2) Memphis to Wisconsin, and 3) Wisconsin to Canada. As such, it provides an unprecedented and visually intense look at the road's past and present, tying into the people associated with the cities and towns along the way (Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Elvis), the literary locales (Mark Twain's Hannibal, Mo.), its proximity to historic sites (Vicksburg), and less-famous but nevertheless interesting folks (Supa-Chikan, a folk artist/musician who builds guitars form 5-gallon gas cans). Each of the eight states through which 61 passes is represented.

$29.95



Now the rovin' gambler he was very bored
He was tryin' to create a next world war
He found a promoter who nearly fell off the floor
He said I never engaged in this kind of thing before
But yes I think it can be very easily done
We'll just put some bleachers out in the sun
And have it out on Highway 61.









[Johnson} Peter Guralnick, SEARCHING FOR ROBERT JOHNSON. . VG/VG. Minor shelf-wear to jacket. (NY: NAL, 1989). Later printing. Photographs, 499 pages.
~~~ A blues legend said to have learned his craft from the Devil himself, Mississippi-born early-20th century musician Robert Johnson was a primary influence both on his peers, like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and on a later generation of young, white artists who formed the backbone of the 1960s' blues boom. Johnson was initially an indifferent guitarist, but the source of his legend lies in his year-long disappearance from his home town of Greenville, Mississippi, during which time he perfected his guitar-playing craft, using elements of various musical techniques to form a sophisticated, spellbinding style all his own. In Peter Guralnick's SEARCHING FOR ROBERT JOHNSON, his remarkable essay on Johnson's life and significance for contemporary musicians, the writer explores the many myths and stories that have grown up around the bluesman since his mysterious death in 1938 at the age of 27. Guralnick has an intense obsession with the 29 extraordinary, compelling songs that Johnson recorded in his brief career, and his insightful meditations on the musician's uncanny abilities bring Johnson's rich legacy vividly to life throughout this absorbing volume.
~~~ Paperback currently in print at $11; hardcover OUT OF PRINT.

$25.00


[Johnson} Elijah Wald, ESCAPING THE DELTA: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues. . NF/VG. Jacket lightly rubbed. Not price-clipped. (NY: Amistad/HarperCollins, 2004). First edition, first printing. 342 pages.
~~~ Robert Johnson's story presents a fascinating paradox: Why did this genius of the Delta blues excite so little interest when his records were first released in the 1930s? And how did this brilliant but obscure musician come to be hailed long after his death as the most important artist in early blues and a founding father of rock 'n' roll? Elijah Wald provides the first thorough examination of Johnson's work and makes it the centerpiece for a fresh look at the entire history of the blues. He traces the music's rural folk roots but focuses on its evolution as a hot, hip African-American pop style, placing the great blues stars in their proper place as innovative popular artists during one of the most exciting periods in American music. He then goes on to explore how the image of the blues was reshaped by a world of generally white fans, with very different standards and dreams. The result is a view of the blues from the inside, based not only on recordings but also on the recollections of the musicians themselves, the African-American press, and original research. Wald presents previously unpublished studies of what people on Delta plantations were actually listening to during the blues era, showing the larger world in which Johnson's music was conceived. What emerges is a new respect and appreciation for the creators of what many consider to be America's deepest and most influential music. Wald also discusses how later fans formed a new view of the blues as haunting Delta folklore. While trying to separate fantasy from reality, he accepts that neither the simple history nor the romantic legend is the whole story. Each has its own fascinating history, and it is these twin histories that inform this book.
~~~ From The Washington Post: In Escaping the Delta, he sets out to explore "the paradox of [Robert] Johnson's reputation: that his music excited so little interest among the black blues fans of his time, and yet is now widely hailed as the greatest and most important blues ever recorded." Wald sees this paradox as symbolizing a larger gulf between the blues as heard by the black audience in its own time -- who knew it as hip, popular music -- and a later, mostly white audience that romanticized the blues as "the heart-cry of a suffering people." Not a book about Johnson per se, Escaping the Delta is a thoughtful, impassioned historical essay about that gulf.
~~~ Currently in print at $24.95.

$23.00








Kerouac, Jack, LONESOME TRAVELLER. . VG, PAPERBACK. (Grove, 1989). 183 pages.
~~~ In his first frankly autobiographical work, Jack Kerouac tells the exhilarating story fo the years when he was writing th books that captivated and infuriated the public, restless years of wandering during which he worked as a railway brakeman in California, a steward on a tramp steamer, and a fire lookout on the crest of Desolation Peak in the Cascde Mountains.

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Kerouac, Jack, ON THE ROAD. . NEW copy, PAPERBACK. (Penguin Books). Penguin Twentieth Century Classics. 307 pages.
~~~ In its time, Kerouac's masterpiece was the bible of the Beat Generation. Now, this modern classic goes racing toward the sunset with unforgettable exuberance, poignancy, and autobiographical passion, swinging to the solemn rhythms of 1950's underground America.

$14.00


Kerouac, Jack (Ann Charters, ed), THE PORTABLE JACK KEROUAC. . NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Penguin Group, 1996). 656 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: Much as Viking's Portable William Faulkner rekindled interest in Faulkner because his editor, Malcolm Cowley, had the brainstorm of pulling together a map of Faulkner's epic Yoknapatawpha County series of novels and stories in order to give the work a new coherence, so Kerouac gains new stature as a result of labors by his biographer, Charters (Kerouac: A Biography). Here she chronologically excerpts the perhaps 16 volumes of the Legend of Duluoz to create a map of Kerouac's oeuvre, which, according to the publisher, he had planned before his death. She supports it not only with fat slices of Kerouac's best writing but also with an investigation into his bop prosody that gives his jazz-riff style a new currency. In fact, this volume may deal a fist in the face of the English sentence, because Kerouac's revamping of the sentence is so song-filled and emotion-ridden that its properties could well do for American prose what Whitman did for verse: give it new life. An alcoholic jamming by candlelight with scotch and pot on the kitchen table, he mixes jazz with Rimbaud's derangement of the senses to create a vehicle for his own anguish as he recollects his life on the run. The Portable shows Kerouac at his best as a riff artist but also gathers to stronger effect than any single Kerouac novel. Includes selections from his poetry and experimental novels.
~~~ Currently in print at $17.

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Sandburg, Carl, THE PEOPLE, YES. VG, PAPERBACK. (Harvest Books, 1990). 300 pages.
~~~ A long poem that makes brilliant use of the legends and myths, the tall tales and sayings of America. "If America has a folksinger today he is Carl Sandburg, a singer who comes out of the prairie soil... who can hand back to the people a creation that has scraps of their own insight, humor, and imagination" (Padraic Colum).
~~~ Currently in print at $17.

$15.00









Snyder, Gary, THE BACK COUNTRY. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (New Directions). Reprint: first published in 1968. 150 pages.
~~~ 'A reaffirmation of a back country of the spirit', this collection is made up of four sections: 'Far West', 'Far East', 'Kali', and 'Back'. The book concludes with a group of translations of the Japanese poet Miyazawa Kenji, with whose work Synder feels a close affinity.

$10.95

Snyder, Gary, MYTHS & TEXTS. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (New Directions). Reprint: first published in 1960. 54 pages.
~~~ Gary Snyder's second collection, Myths & Texts, was originally published in 1960. It has been reissued in a completely revised format, with a new introduction by the author.

$7.95

Snyder, Gary, THE PRACTICE OF THE WILD: Essays. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (Shoemaker & Hoard). 205 pages.
~~~ This collection contains the central, mature work of Snyder's lifetime engagement with nature, culture, freedom and the wild.

$15.00

Snyder, Gary, REGARDING WAVE. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK. (New Directions). Reprint: first published in 1969. 84 pages.
~~~ Probing even further than Snyder's previous collection of poems, The Back Country, this volume freshly explores "the most archaic values on earth . . . the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth, the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe . . ."

$8.95






Suiter, John, POETS ON THE PEAKS: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen & Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades. . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Counterpoint Press). 340 pages.
~~~ Based on scores of previously unpublished letters and journals and Gary Snyder's own interviews, Poets on the Peak creates a group portrait of Kerouac, Snyder, and Whalen that transcends the tired urban cliches of the "Beat" life. A chronicle of a remarkable community of poets, Dharma in the years of Dharma Bums, the birth of a wilderness ethic, and the awesome beauty of the Cascades, this is the story of how the solitary mountain adventures of three young men helped to form the literary, spiritual, and environmental values of a generation.

$40.00



Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune;
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.


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[Williams] Paul Hempill, LOVESICK BLUES: The Life of Hank Williams. . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Viking Books). 207 pages.
~~~ Hank Williams, the quintessential country music singer and songwriter, died alone in the backseat of his Cadillac on New Year's Day, 1953. He died much as he had lived: drunk, forlorn, suffering from a birth defect, wondering when the bubble would burst. Having sprouted out of nowhere, like a weed in the wilds of south Alabama, he was gone at the age of twenty-nine. Now, with his definitive biography of the man and his music, Paul Hemphill takes the reader on a journey through Hank Williams's life and times: his dirt-poor beginnings as a sickly child, learning music from a black street singer, refining it in raucous rural honky-tonks during the Depression, emerging as a star of the Grand Ole Opry. Uneducated, virtually fatherless, an alcoholic in his teens, unlucky at love, Hank mined his experiences to write songs that will live forever.

$23.95