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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.

*Please note we are out of signed copies, but the holiday discount code still works!

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.

Limited number of books signed by Glen E. Friedman available! Select “SIGNED BY GLEN E. FRIEDMAN” in the drop-down menu below and add to cart! OR, for a 25% discount off 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Limited number of books signed by Glen E. Friedman available! Select “SIGNED BY GLEN E. FRIEDMAN” in the drop-down menu below and add to cart! OR, for a 25% discount off 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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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!

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

Music Is in Everything

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Forthcoming: 5/4/21

A picture book based on Ziggy Marley’s popular song celebrating music’s many forms, from the sounds of ocean waves to laugher in the family kitchen.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before May 4, 2021.

My Dog Romeo

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Forthcoming: 5/4/21

Ziggy Marley’s ode to his four-legged friend Romeo becomes a picture book that is sure to touch the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before May 4, 2021.