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Subject: Music/Popular Culture/Art

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100 Posters/134 Squirrels


A 2010 reissue of Jay Ryan’s underground hit book, with new material added, and essays by Steve Albini, Art Chantry, Greg Kot, and Debra Parr.

Black Music


The long-awaited reissue of the sequel to Amiri Baraka’s seminal work, BLUES PEOPLE, and latest selection in the AkashiClassics Renegade Reprint Series. This collection of essays by Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones includes a new introduction by the author and Q&A by Calvin Reid.

Drawing Autism

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Autism spectrum disorder is found in one of every eighty-eight children—this gorgeous book offers powerful insight into the disorder.

The Failure


California Book Award–winner Greer presents a hilarious and immaculately written story set in LA, exploring the inevitability of failure.

From a Basement in Seattle


Pearl Jam’s longtime in-house designer, Brad Klausen, presents his first book of visually stunning poster art. With introductions by Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam.

Go Fish


The debut collection of Mr. Fish’s searing and hilarious political cartoons, featured in Harper’s, Truthdig, and elsewhere.

Hard Art, DC 1979

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Pulitzer prize–winning photographer Lucian Perkins captures four electrifying punk shows in Washington, DC, in 1979, with narrative by Alec MacKaye and an essay by Henry Rollins.

I Love You Too


Bob Marley’s first and most famous son, Ziggy, extends his devotion to youth with his debut children’s book.

Infinity Blues


World-famous singer-songwriter Ryan Adams reveals his prodigious talents as a poetry and fiction writer.

Jerusalem Calling


Schalit critically interrogates everything from Middle Eastern politics to the New Economy, from debates in the independent music scene about “selling out” to the current cultural interventions of Jerry Falwell and his followers.

Jonah Sees Ghosts


Jonah Sees Ghosts is a shocking, touching, and humorous first novel that blends magical realism with a figurative study of how alcohol abuse shapes the personalities within a family.

Lessons in Taxidermy


A riveting tale of sickness and survival from the first female author on the Punk Planet Books imprint that brought you the indie hit Hairstyles of the Damned.

Of Mule and Man


Mike Farrell’s gripping and often hilarious book tour memoir provides a framework for grassroots civic engagement.

Forthcoming Titles