brian cassidy bookseller: may 2019
new arrivals: music

A collection of 17 poems written pseudonymously by the Richard Hell and Tom Verlaine, then known as Richard Meyers and Tom Miller. As the half-title explains: "'Wanna Go Out' is a question often asked on the streets around the cheaper bars in New York and Hoboken." A rare and important document, linking punk to its under-appreciated literary roots.
First edition of this essential early history of the emergence of hip-hop and its musical roots. Includes "Lightning swords of death," Toop's list of essential 12-inch singles: "Some of them are in the list for historical importance, others because I like them."


Traces the popular emergence of the dance style in the '80s from 1970s teenage street culture in the Bronx, evolving alongside contemporary American dance troupes' adaptation to the influence of West African social dance. Published the same year as David Toop's THE RAP ATTACK and Steven Hager's HIP HOP and likewise  essential.



Quasi-anthropological, excruciatingly arch photobook study of punks: "Unless you are a city dweller it is highly probable that you have never met a live punk." Exceptional street photographs accompanied by frenzied '70s-journalist commentary and copious quotes. Scarce; a defining punk photobook.


Second edition of this nevertheless uncommon history of Joy Division, with detailed discography. Illustrated with black and white photographs, including a reproduction of Ian Curtis' death certificate. Wrung the following high praise out of Peter Hook: "It is pretty factual."

Essay overview of the John and Leni Sinclair Collection with notes, original Manifesto of the Artists' Workshop Society, and supplemental CD of Sinclair's music.


Compilation of John Sinclair's writings, some reprinted from earlier Detroit and Ann Arbor publications and others composed while in prison. With a lengthy counterculture reading and listening list. SIGNED by Sinclair.



Press kit issued on the release of Siren, the band's fifth album. Includes seven photographs (one of the band, one each of Paul Thompson, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay, and Eddie Jobson, and two of Bryan Ferry) and a press release with notes on their planned 1976 tour.


Promotional portfolio for Roxy Music's sixth studio album, with a band photo, two large fold-out sheets of song lyrics, and a trifold press release.
Press kit issued shortly after the release of "Stranded," reproducing the album photograph of Marilyn Cole. With band history and individual musician biographies, along with photos of each band member. 


Program and small collection of related ephemera from 1982's 9th Street Festival in Washington D.C., organized in tribute to John Cage. Also featuring Steve Reich, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, George Coates, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Lucinda Childs, Dara Birnbaum, Philip Glass, Nam June Paik, and numerous others.



Two flyers from the 1983 Y New Music Festival, presented as "a tribute by Washington [DC] musicians to the upcoming Fifth Annual New Music America Festival." Performers included Jim Sivard, Bob Read, Rogelio Maxwell, Tim Chambers, Robin Rose, Zach Swagger, Robert Mann, Steve Bloom, Kevin Campell, Robert Goldstein, and Steve Rigby.


1978 tour program, illustrated throughout with large-scale photographs by Ken Regan, Barry Reinstein, Howard Alk, Lisa Bachelis, Larry Keenan Jr., and Annie Liebowitz.


Special Woodstock edition of Life Magazine, with color and black and white photographs throughout by John Dominis, Bill Eppridge, Richard Busch, and others.


Handbill with illustrations by John Holmstrom, advertising the April 10, 1981 premiere of the infamous Sex Pistols film.


Third issue of this magazine on ragtime music and dance, edited  and published by the celebrated American cartoonist Chris Ware. Reproductions from a variety of late nineteenth and early twentieth century publications, along with new articles on subjects including Scott Joplin, James Scott, Ben Harney, W.P. Dabney, and Joe Jordan.


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