Late Arcade - Nathaniel Mackey

Staff Pick

Nathaniel Mackey might be best known as a poet—he’s won the National Book Award and received a Library of Congress lifetime achievement honor—but his most idiosyncratic work is an ongoing fiction series tracing the development of a California space-jazz group. This latest volume—a perfect introduction—is a beautiful thing, from its intricate epistolary structure to Mackey’s overwhelming language, which takes you deep inside the sounds of the instruments and the minds that make them sing. Tracking the group in microscopic, romantic, even surreal detail—from gig to gig, from idea to idea—gives you a novel unafraid to ask big questions of how artists relate to their art once it enters the audience’s lives.

Late Arcade By Nathaniel Mackey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811226608
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: New Directions - February 28th, 2017

Small Town Talk - Barney Hoskyns

Staff Pick

Woodstock, New York and the surrounding towns were the Laurel Canyon of the east coast: an incubator of talent, away from but just close enough to New York City. At first a cultural of fiefdom of Albert Grossman, Dylan's manager, soon the likes of the Band, Paul Butterfield, Van Morrison, Jesse Winchester, and a boy genius named Todd Rundgren came for the seclusion, natural beauty, and cultural buzz. Woodstock took everyone in: some got rich, some got loaded, some got smart, and some wasted away as idealism turned to hedonism. Hell of a story, hell of a town.

Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock By Barney Hoskyns Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306825347
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Da Capo Press - March 7th, 2017

There Is No Substitute: A Tribute to Keith Moon - Ian Snowball

Staff Pick

Keith Moon never practiced and his drumming was as much an expression of his personality as were his legendary antics. In There Is No Substitute: A Tribute to Keith Moon various rock musicians, friends, family and celebrities give their own impressions of the man behind the madcap laughs, highlighting his innovations and genuine genius as a drummer. This gorgeously illustrated book is a labor of love without being sentimental. I’d say Mooney would have been proud!