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Nas's Illmatic

by Matthew Gasteier

Contradiction, the yin and the yang, the simultaneous existence of two competing realities, and the larger than life persona that depicts populist realism are at the core of Nas's debut album, Illmatic. Yet...


The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy: Larry David, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Dave Chappelle

by Rick DesRochers

The Comic Offense from Vaudeville to Contemporary Comedy examines how contemporary writer/performers are influenced by the comedic vaudevillians of the early 20th century. By tracing the history and legacy of...


Elliott Smith's XO

by Matthew LeMay

Many albums could be cited to support the claim that great suffering yields great art. Elliott Smith's XO should not be one of them. Smith's 1998 major label debut defies the "tortured singer-songwriter" stereotype,...


Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future

by Dan Kois

The remarkable inside story of the best-selling Hawaiian album of all time


Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life

by Brandon LaBelle

A remarkable exploration of how sound permeates all aspects of life - from the streets to our homes, and from shopping malls to the underground.


Portishead's Dummy

by RJ Wheaton

A thoroughly researched exploration of one of the most original, unexpected, and durable British albums of the 1990s.


Big Star's Radio City

by Bruce Eaton

Released when ELP and Elton John were plodding from one packed stadium to the next, Radio City was a radical album influenced by records that were already deemed oldies and yet sounding like a lean electrical...


My Bloody Valentine's Loveless

by Mike McGonigal

'A brilliant series of pocket-sized books focussing on a classic album. Each one a work of real love.' NME


Guided By Voices' Bee Thousand

by Marc Woodworth

An in-depth analysis of the most infamous lo-fi album of the 90s.


Deleuze, Japanese Cinema, and the Atom Bomb: The Spectre of Impossibility

by David Deamer

David Deamer establishes the first ever sustained encounter between Gilles Deleuze's Cinema books and post-war Japanese cinema, exploring how Japanese films responded to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and...


The Pixies' Doolittle

by Ben Sisario

The Pixies have had a career unlike any other in alternative rock, disappearing as not-quite-the-next-big-things only to become gods in absentia. Doolittle is their knotty masterpiece, the embodiment of the...


The Afghan Whigs' Gentlemen

by Bob Gendron

"In the absence of love, there is loneliness, sorrow and desperation. And that's where I come in." --Greg Dulli, introducing "When We Two Parted" onstage in San Francisco

Like no record before or since, Gentlemen...


Radiohead's Kid A

by Marvin Lin

A brilliant exploration of Radiohead's game-changing album, looking at its place in the career of "The World's Best Band" with ten years of hindsight.


Afterlives: Allegories of Film and Mortality in Early Weimar Germany

by Steve Choe

Weimar cultural critics and intellectuals have repeatedly linked the dynamic movement of the cinema to discourses of life and animation. Correspondingly, recent film historians and theorists have taken up these...


Andr¿ Bazin and Italian Neorealism

by Andr¿ Bazin & Bert Cardullo

Andr� Bazin and Italian Neorealism presents a new selection of Andr� Bazin's writings on Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, and Federico Fellini; lesser known but important neorealist works such as The...


Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle

by Richard Henderson

An intelligent take on a classic left-field album from the late 1960s, including original interviews with all the key players including Van Dyke Parks.


Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

by Christopher R. Weingarten

A thrilling account of how the Bomb Squad produced such a singular-sounding record-the engineering, sampling, scratching, constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing.


Early '70s Radio: The American Format Revolution

by Kim Simpson

Providing a fresh reevaluation of a specific era in popular music, the book contextualizes the era in terms of both radio history and cultural analysis.


Reverberations: The Philosophy, Aesthetics and Politics of Noise

by Michael Goddard, Benjamin Halligan & Paul Hegarty

A groundbreaking collection that studies noise not merely as a sonic phenomenon but as an essential component of all communication and information systems.


33 1/3 Greatest Hits, Volume 2

by David Barker

The second compendium of extracts from Continuum's acclaimed and successful 33 1/3 series.