A Little Devil in America, by Hanif Abdurraqib

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In this breathtaking collection of essays, the poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib offers up stunning commentary on myriad forms of Black performance. From detailing schoolyard fights and games of spades among friends to Merry Clayton's midnight recording session with the Rolling Stones, Abdurraqib expertly weaves together memoir, history, and critique. The result is a gorgeous and heartbreaking reflection on American culture, both past and present. 

A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984801203
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 8th, 2022

Sellout, by Dan Ozzi

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Blame it on Dookie. When Green Day’s 1994 album turned the Bay Area trio into world-straddling superstars, A&R men started looking in nightclubs and college basements for the next pop-punk sensation. What happens to a guitar-slinging anarchist when a very large check is waved under their nose? Ozzi looks at Green Day and ten other bands ranging from Blink-182 to My Chemical Romance to Against Me! for the answer. It’s a warped tour of booze, drugs, hook-ups, fistfights, MySpace, and sleeping on fans’ floors. Ultimately, though, Sellout is a tribute to the bands, the labels, and fans who heard something behind the dollar signs--the music that could be their lives.

 

Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) By Dan Ozzi Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358244301
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021

Frame of Mind by Antonia Tricarico

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An internationally known photographer specializing in music, Antonia Tricarico has more than two decades of experience, including collaborating with Dischord Records, Kill Rock Stars, and Youth Action Research Group. Focusing largely on the women of D.C’s vibrant music underground from the 1990s to today, Frame of Mind (Akashic, $32.95) features more than 150 photos of classic homegrown performers such as Fugazi, Branch Manager, and the Make-Up along with bands they became or inspired—Dead Meadow, Motorcycle Wars, the Evens, and Weird War—and visiting musicians like Dutch group the Ex and Italy’s Uzeda. The stunning images are complemented by essays by some of the top female artists of the era, including Joan Jett, Amy Farina, Tara Jane O'Neil, and more.
 

Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997-2017 By Antonia Tricarico (Photographer), Joan Jett (Contribution by), Amy Farina (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Antonia Tricarico (Photographer), Joan Jett (Contribution by), Amy Farina (Contribution by)
$32.95
ISBN: 9781617757198
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Published: Akashic Books - June 4th, 2019

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