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    IÂ’ve been looking for some new books to read on music and with the price of books id rather not take a gamble on the cover.
    Does any one have any books they would recommend? I did see Someone mentioned ‘Too Darn Soulful' by David Nowell on the rare 45 posts.

    My personal recommendation to anyone would be - Beneath the Underdog Charles Mingus by Nel King
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    I found Robert Pruters book on Chicago Soul to be a very good thorough account of the productivity of Soul music around the South Bend area from the from the '50's to the mid '70s to be rather good.

    It covers the labels of the day, the song writers and producers, the clubs and of course the artists and how prolific or short their respctive careers were.

    V. good, methinks.

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    • #3
      i don't know if you are from lodon but in selectadisc they have very cheap copies of "the in crowd" bought mine for 6.99
      wich is a crazy cheap for a very good book about nothren soul ... great interviews, playlists, pictures, all you ever want to know about it

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      • #4
        Just re-read "Bass Culture" recently - superb overview of Jamaican music - cheap in Fopp too I think.
        "..hole...road...middle thereof"

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        • #5
          dennis coffey book is nice too .. great inside stories.

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            I'll second 'Bass Culture'. I'd highly recommend 'England's Dreaming' too, if you've even a passing interest in punk and England in the seventies.

            And of course, *ahem*, 'Last Night A DJ Saved My Life' and 'How To DJ (Properly)'. Fantastic. *Cough*

            You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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            • #7
              I sure would love to be able to afford a copy of that Lexicon book - I could look at old 45 labels all day, no problem! Black&white defeats the object for me and by the time I can afford it, the book will be loooong gone... darn.
              http://wakeupanddie.com
              http://weirdgearnyc.com
              http://makethingsmatter.com

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              • #8
                Originally posted by [b
                Quote[/b] (dimondt @ Feb. 03 2004,14:14)]Does any one have any books they would recommend? I did see Someone mentioned ‘Too Darn Soulful' by David Nowell on the rare 45 posts.
                I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone with even a vague interest in Northern Soul, or the UK soul/mod scene in general. One of those books I just couldn't put down.
                Let him have the lot for £2.00 - we were only going to throw 'em out anyway...

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                • #9
                  was going to mention Fopp and Selectadisc...
                  Selectadisc had Peter Guralnick 'Sweet Soul Music' for 3 quid or something (should have picked up a spare copy for Sermad&#33

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                  • #10
                    I highly recommend Mo Fosters book '17 Watts'.

                    Great history of uk rock music - from skiffle to the shadows to the session scene.
                    www.thesoundlibrary.net <- Changed URL

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                    • #11
                      Ego Trip&#39;s &#39;Book Of Rap Lists&#39; is a goodie for anyone into hip hop.. informative, funny, and again hard to put down.
                      Let him have the lot for £2.00 - we were only going to throw 'em out anyway...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by [b
                        Quote[/b] (vibra @ Feb. 03 2004,15:06)]Ego Trip&#39;s &#39;Book Of Rap Lists&#39; is a goodie for anyone into hip hop.. informative, funny, and again hard to put down.
                        Isn&#39;t there another from Ego Trip out now?
                        http://wakeupanddie.com
                        http://weirdgearnyc.com
                        http://makethingsmatter.com

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by [b
                          Quote[/b] (Rich Hero @ Feb. 03 2004,14:50)]I&#39;ll second &#39;Bass Culture&#39;. I&#39;d highly recommend &#39;England&#39;s Dreaming&#39; too, if you&#39;ve even a passing interest in punk and England in the seventies.

                          And of course, *ahem*, &#39;Last Night A DJ Saved My Life&#39; and &#39;How To DJ (Properly)&#39;. Fantastic. *Cough*

                          Creep.
                          http://www.djhistory.com

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                          • #14
                            I actually bought that. Was good mate.
                            www.thesoundlibrary.net <- Changed URL

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                            • #15
                              I think a trip to fopp and selectadisc is in order

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