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Akashic Books

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Subject: Music/Popular Culture/Art

100 Posters/134 Squirrels

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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.

Beautiful Music

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A funny, poignant, thoughtfully rendered novel about love, fear, death, race, music, and the intense passions of youth.

While supplies last, books ordered through the website will have bookplates SIGNED by Michael Zadoorian!

Black Music

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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.

Copycat: And a Litter of Other Cats

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An irresistible and hilarious book of cat cartoon portraits for all cat lovers, old, young, and in between.

*While supplies last, copies ordered through our website will include a bookplate SIGNED by David Yow!

The Darkest Hearts

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Trap music, human trafficking, malt liquor, and the tyranny of President Trump collide in the fifth installment of Nelson George’s D Hunter mystery series.

*While supplies last, paperback books ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by author Nelson George!

*Please note, if you’re using Nelson’s friends and family discount code, the discount applies to paperback books only.

DogTown: The Legend of the Z-Boys

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The bigger, newly designed edition of an iconic skateboarding book, including additional never-before-seen Glen E. Friedman photos and a new C.R. Stecyk III postscript.

For a SIGNED copy of the book, please select “SIGNED BY GLEN E. FRIEDMAN” in the drop-down menu below and click “ADD TO CART.” Or, for a 25% discount off the list price, please select “Unsigned.”

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.

Face: One Square Foot of Skin

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Writer/director/producer Justine Bateman examines the aggressive ways that society reacts to the aging of women’s faces.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the Akashic Books website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Justine Bateman!

The Failure

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

Fame: The Hijacking of Reality

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A passionate and critical analysis of the life cycle of Fame, from film producer/director and former worldwide TV star Justine Bateman.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the Akashic Books website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Justine Bateman!

From a Basement in Seattle

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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

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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

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

*While supplies last, books ordered through the Akashic Books website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Ziggy Marley!

The Idealist: In My Eyes 25 Years

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A beautifully curated collection from celebrated photographer Glen E. Friedman’s early years.

For a SIGNED copy of the book, please select “SIGNED BY GLEN E. FRIEDMAN” in the drop-down menu below and click “ADD TO CART.” Or, for a 25% discount off the list price, please select “Unsigned.”

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Infinity Blues

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

Jerusalem Calling

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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.

The Jesus Lizard Book

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Legendary indie rockers the Jesus Lizard’s idiosyncratic, impassioned document of their rock and roll conquests.

*While supplies last, copies ordered through our website will include a bookplate SIGNED by the band!

Jonah Sees Ghosts

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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.

Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman

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A second edition of the definitive photo book of one of the most influential rock bands of the past forty years, including brand-new, exclusive material.

For a SIGNED copy of the book, please select “SIGNED BY GLEN E. FRIEDMAN” in the drop-down menu below and click “ADD TO CART.“ Or, for a 25% discount off the list price, please select “Unsigned.”

Lessons in Taxidermy

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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.

The Lost Treasures of R&B: A D Hunter Mystery

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D Hunter, bodyguard-turned-PI, is back, investigating a murder that lures him into the heart of rhythm-and-blues history.

*While supplies last, paperback books ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by author Nelson George!

Of Mule and Man

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

The Plot Against Hip Hop

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A bad-ass noir novel set in hip hop culture, by best-selling and critically-acclaimed author Nelson George.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by author Nelson George!

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Recognize

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Renowned photographer Glen E. Friedman’s breathtaking and ambitious exploration of clouds.

For a SIGNED copy of the book, please select “SIGNED BY GLEN E. FRIEDMAN” in the drop-down menu below and click “ADD TO CART.” Or, for a 25% discount off the list price, please select “Unsigned.”

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A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola

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From the illustrator of Go the F*** to Sleep comes a history of coffee, Coca-Cola, caffeine, cocaine, secret formulas, special flavors, special favors, Harry J. Anslinger, and Prohibition.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the website will be SIGNED by Ricardo Cortés.

This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake

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International best-selling rock band Garbage presents its own autobiography, a gorgeous, full-color coffee-table book with text and images galore.   Note: This page is for the regular edition of This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake. For the limited edition preorder with an exclusive 12" vinyl, please follow this link.

To Funk and Die in LA

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Ex-bodyguard D Hunter is swept into the City of Angels on a dark mission to find his mysterious grandfather’s killer.

*While supplies last, paperback books ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by author Nelson George!

Unstrung—Limited Edition Preorder with Exclusive Lyric Chapbook

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Iconoclastic guitar player Marc Ribot offers up essays and stories in his darkly funny and subversive debut collection, Unstrung, combined in this LIMITED EDITION PREORDER with an exclusive, 100-page lyric chapbook, Selected Lyrics.

THIS PAGE IS FOR THE LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE OF UNSTRUNG AND THE EXCLUSIVE LYRIC CHAPBOOK, SELECTED LYRICS.

What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches

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An outrageous and provocative photograph book of cult music hero Peaches, with text from Peaches, Yoko Ono, Elliot Page, and Michael Stipe.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the Akashic Books website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Peaches!

Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook

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A cookbook inspired by the food of Ziggy’s upbringing in the household of Bob and Rita Marley.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the Akashic Books website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Ziggy Marley!

Forthcoming Titles

What I See: The Black Flag Photographs of Glen E. Friedman

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Forthcoming: 4/5/22

A stunning collection of the most iconic photographs ever made of Black Flag, along with never-before-seen photos and a foreword by Chuck Dukowski. 256 jam-packed pages, over 300 photographs, and over 70% of the photos have never been seen.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before April 5, 2022.

For a SIGNED copy of the book, please select “SIGNED BY GLEN E. FRIEDMAN” in the drop-down menu below and click “ADD TO CART.” Or, for a 25% discount off the list price, please select “Unsigned.”

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