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Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

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.

Boom Chicago Presents the 30 Most Important Years in Dutch History

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An exciting history of the improv group you’ve never heard of that changed comedy in America—this is the story of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam as told by its founders and most famous alumni! Featuring a foreword by Seth Meyers and a backword by Jordan Peele.

*While supplies last, paperbacks ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Andrew Moskos, Pep Rosenfeld, Matt Diehl, and Saskia Maas!

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Censorship Now!!

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An uproarious new essay collection from Washington, DC’s, infamous cult music hero and satirist.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Ian F. Svenonius!

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, books ordered through the Akashic Books 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.

*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 above and click “ADD TO CART.” Or, for a 25% discount off the list price, please select “Unsigned.” If you have any questions about your order, please contact info@akashicbooks.com.

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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

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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.

The Gospel of The Hold Steady: How a Resurrection Really Feels

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An oral history (with photographs) of the greatest American bar band of the twenty-first century

Note: This page is for the regular edition of The Gospel of the Hold Steady. To order the limited edition package, featuring the photo chapbook TJK on THS, click here.

For a $75 SIGNED copy of the book, please select “SIGNED BY THE BAND” in the drop-down menu below and click “ADD TO CART.” Or for an unsigned book at its regular price, please select “Unsigned.”

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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.

The Hold Steady Limited Edition Book Package

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This LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE for The Gospel of the Hold Steady includes a copy of the book signed by the band, and the signed chapbook TJK on THS—a behind-the-scenes photo journal by Tad J. Kubler that is currently only available as part of this package.

This page is for the LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE of The Gospel of the Hold Steady with the chapbook TJK on THS. To order The Gospel of the Hold Steady without the chapbook, Click here

How the Left Lost Teen Spirit

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Includes Goldberg’s groundbreaking book Dispatches from the Culture Wars, plus a new author introduction and additional chapters.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Danny Goldberg!

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!

In Search of the Lost Chord

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This paperback edition of Goldberg’s highly acclaimed homage to 1967 includes a new afterword and twenty beautiful and evocative photographs.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Danny Goldberg!

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, books ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by the Jesus Lizard!

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.

Just a Minor Threat: The Minor Threat Photographs of Glen E. Friedman

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This collection includes Glen E. Friedman’s most iconic images of Minor Threat, as well as many never-before-seen photographs.

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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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 above and click “ADD TO CART.” Or, for a 25% discount off the list price, please select “Unsigned.” If you have any questions about your order, please contact info@akashicbooks.com.

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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.

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 Perfume Burned His Eyes—Signed with Limited Edition Hardcover ZOPA WORDS

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This LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE for the paperback edition of Michael Imperioli’s novel The Perfume Burned His Eyes includes a signed book and the limited edition signed hardcover ZOPA WORDS, by Imperioli and his bandmates Elijah Amitin and Olmo Tighe of ZOPA.

THIS PAGE IS FOR THE LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE OF THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES. Click [HERE] for details on the regular edition of the book.

The Psychic Soviet

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A reissue of Ian F. Svenonius’s cult-classic debut essay collection, including brand-new writing in this expanded edition.

*While supplies last, books ordered through the website will include a bookplate SIGNED by Ian F. Svenonius!

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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The Reservoir—Limited Edition Package with Exclusive Chapbook

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This LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE for the paperback reissue of David Duchovny’s novella The Reservoir includes a signed copy of The Reservoir and a copy of the exclusive chapbook Poems, Lyrics, Flip. Only Fourteen Orders Left!

THIS PAGE IS FOR THE LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE OF THE RESERVOIR AND THE EXCLUSIVE CHAPBOOK POEMS, LYRICS, FLIP. Click here to order The Reservoir without the exclusive chapbook.

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.

Stay Positive Limited Edition Preorder Package

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With their new picture book Stay Positive—based on their signature song of the same name—The Hold Steady welcomes a new generation to the “Unified Scene.”

This LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE for Stay Positive includes a copy of the book signed by the band, a custom Stay Positive water bottle, and a sticker sheet.

This page is for the LIMITED EDITION PACKAGE of Stay Positive with a custom water bottle and sticker sheet. To order Stay Positive without the bottle and sticker sheet, Click here

All preorders will ship on or before October 1, 2024.

STEWdio: The Naphic Grovel ARTrilogy of Chuck D

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Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage, etc.) brings his personal insights and social critiques to the page in fierce, passionate, and evocative visual art and prose

*While supplies last, books ordered through the website will be SIGNED by Chuck D!

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.

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!

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

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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.

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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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

1967: How I Got There and Why I Never Left

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Forthcoming: 7/2/24

The great eccentric of British psychedelia—beloved by everyone from Led Zeppelin and R.E.M. to the late Jonathan Demme—pens a singularly unique childhood memoir . . .

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before July 2, 2024.

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Stay Positive

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Forthcoming: 10/1/24

The Hold Steady’s beloved song of stick-to-itiveness and positivity is adapted into a beautiful children’s book about the social life of a humble armadillo.

Note: This page is for the regular edition of Stay Positive. To order the limited edition package, featuring the custom water bottle and sticker sheet, click here.

For a $30 SIGNED copy of the book, please select “SIGNED BY THE BAND” in the drop-down menu below and click “ADD TO CART.” Or for an unsigned book at its regular price, please select “Unsigned.”

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before October 1, 2024.

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