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Cautionary Verses - Hilaire Belloc

Cautionary Verses - Hilaire Belloc
(ISBN-13 : 978-0099295310)

This omnibus of Belloc's stories is a feast of delightful tales told in rhyme - all with a dramatic moral twist in the tail. Are you prone to pulling faces, telling tales or bouts of extravagance? Yes? Then ignore these stories at your peril. If not, you might suffer a fate similar to those described in these cautionary tales.

Syd Barrett wrote the lyrics to Matilda Mother around Hillaire Beloc's Cautionary Tales. Originally directly quoted he had to change the lyrics when the estate denied permission of their use.

   
   
Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine - John Geiger

Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine - John Geiger
(ISBN 13: 9781932360011)

John Geiger traces the history of how a visual phenomenon first described two hundred years ago by physiologist Jan Purkinje has become the basis of further scientific studies into how the visual brain works, and how its repercussions have spread widely into contemporary artistic and musical culture.

The study of stroboscopic light began as a purely scientific study. Geiger’s history begins at this point and goes on to study the transition to the art world that was pioneered by Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, Genesis P-Orridge and Allen Ginsberg. While the book is an examination of the intersection between art and science, it is also a study of major currents in Western culture by way of an investigation of an obscure phenomenon.

Not only was flicker central to the artistic explorations of the afore-mentioned by Geiger also finds intersections with the lives (and deaths) of people as various as Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, Keith Haring, Ned Rorem, Paul McCartney, Derek Jarman, Paul Bowles, David Bowie.

   
   
Classic Album Covers of the 60s

Classic Album Covers of the 60s - Storm Thorgerson (ISBN-13 : 978-1843405498)

The hectic cultural and political upheavals occurring in the 1960s marked a divide between the relatively stable cultural environment of the previous decade and what is now regarded as the golden age of pop music and youth culture. Flourishing alternative cultures in the latter part of the decade laid many of the foundations of later trends and subcultures and this influence is nowhere more apparent than in record packaging, with classic graphic design and layouts reappearing again and again. This newly reformatted edition of "Classic Album Covers of the 60s" is a collection of over 200 of the very best (and in some cases worst) that designers had to offer throughout the decade.

Representative designs from each period are illustrated in full color, taking the reader on a journey from the wholesome joviality of the Very Merry Macs and "Muscle Beach Party", through stylish and understated jazz cover designs, to the best psychedelic designs of the late 60s such as the Beatles' "Sgt Pepper" and the Incredible String Band's "The 5000 Spirits". The changing style of album cover design illustrated in "Classic Album Covers of the 60s" provides a fascinating reflection of changing cultural trends during a decade whose ideas and artistic expressions sought to break the prevailing rules and, so doing, laid the foundations for cover design today.

   
   
Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess

Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
(ISBN 13: 9780140032192)

A Clockwork Orange is Anthony Burgess’s most famous novel and its impact on literary, musical and visual culture has been extensive.

The novel is concerned with the conflict between the individual and the state, the punishment of young criminals, and the possibility or otherwise of redemption. The linguistic originality of the book, and the moral questions it raises, are as relevant now as they ever were.

   
   
Cosmic Dreams at Play: Guide to German Progressive and Electronic Rock

Cosmic Dreams at Play: Guide to German Progressive and Electronic Rock - Dag Erik Asbjornsen
(ISBN-13 : 978-1899855018)

A Guide to German Progressive and Electronic Rock This definitive guide to German rock music covers the period from the 1960s to the present day and includes: An A - Z of groups, index of musicians, listing of key record labels, and a bibliography

   
   
The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: Encyclopedia of Krautrock, Kosmische Musik and Other Progressive, Experimental and Electronic Musics from Germany

The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: Encyclopedia of Krautrock, Kosmische Musik and Other Progressive, Experimental and Electronic Musics from Germany - Steven Freeman, Alan Freeman
(ISBN-13 : 978-0952950608)

The definitive encyclopedia of Krautrock, Kosmische Musik and all things weird and wonderful from Germany. A huge comprehensive 1kg book (thick cover, quality stitch-bound paperback), with an awesome... 1177 entries (Krautrock bands, soloists, etc.), 2500 albums (including musician details), plus non-LP singles, compilation contributions, as well as two 16 page picture sections, including many rare photos, 150+ LP covers. Praised by the media & Krautrock musicians.

   
   
Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-war Pop - Charles Shaar Murray

Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-war Pop -
Charles Shaar Murray
(ISBN-10 : 0857867741)

 

In the thirty years since Jimi Hendrix died his influence has not diminished - for many musicians Hendrix represents the distillation of the counter-culture, while his distinctive style is constantly revived and mimicked by performers today.

This book traces the sources of Hendrix's talent, showing how his knowledge of black musical traditions enabled him to cross racial barriers and achieve legendary status as both musician and performer.