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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 17 books in this booklist

This list represents some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many more that we can order for you!

  • Cover image of book Blues for Lady Day: The Story of Billie Holiday by Paolo Parisi
    Blues for Lady Day: The Story of Billie Holiday - by Paolo Parisi

    £12.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781642730210 | ISBN 10: 1642730211

    Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, had a troubled life: a childhood in poverty, brothels, jail, broken love, and a dependence on alcohol and heroin. Her first performances in the night clubs of prohibitionist America was wh ... more

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  • Cover image of book No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow
    No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson - by Jeff Sparrow

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781911617204 | ISBN 10: 1911617206

    Film star. Icon. Agitator. Martyr.   Paul Robeson was a brilliant student and champion athlete who abandoned a career in law to find worldwide fame as a performer and activist. He was undoubtedly the most famous African American of his time — be ... more

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  • Cover image of book As Serious As Your Life: Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution, 1957-1977 by Val Wilmer
    As Serious As Your Life: Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution, 1957-1977 - by Val Wilmer

    £12.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781788160711 | ISBN 10: 1788160711

    An essential masterpiece of jazz history by renowned photographer and music historian, with a new foreword by Richard Williams.   In this classic account of the new black music of the 1960s and 70s, celebrated photographer and jazz histori ... more

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  • Cover image of book What Happened, Miss Simone? by Alan Light
    What Happened, Miss Simone? - by Alan Light

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781782118749 | ISBN 10: 1782118748

    Inspired by the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, this is the story of the real Miss Simone.   What Happened, Miss Simone? tells the story of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone, one of the most influential, provocativ ... more

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  • Cover image of book Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul by Stuart Cosgrove
    Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul - by Stuart Cosgrove

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781846973666 | ISBN 10: 184697366x

    Detroit 67 is the story of Motor City in the year that changed everything. Twelve chapters take you on a turbulent year-long journey through the drama and chaos that ripped through the city in 1967 and tore it apart in personal, political and interra ... more

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  • Cover image of book Billie Holiday by John Szwed
    Billie Holiday - by John Szwed

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780099592624 | ISBN 10: 0099592622

    When eighteen-year-old Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia studios in November of 1933 to record Riffin the Scotch and Your Mothers Son-in-Law, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and important career in twentieth-c ... more

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  • Cover image of book Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary by Gerald Horne
    Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary - by Gerald Horne

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780745335322 | ISBN 10: 0745335322

    A world-famous singer and actor, a trained lawyer, an early star of American professional football and a polyglot who spoke over a dozen languages. These could be the crowning achievements of a life well-lived, yet for Paul Robeson the higher calling ... more

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  • Cover image of book It
    It's Been Beautiful: Soul! and Black Power Television - by Gayle Wald

    £16.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780822358374 | ISBN 10: 0822358379

    Soul! was where Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire got funky, where Toni Morrison read from her debut novel, where James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni discussed gender and power, and where Amiri Baraka and Stokely Carmichael enjoyed a sympathetic foru ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 by Ed Piskor
    Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 - by Ed Piskor

    £17.99   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781606996904 | ISBN 10: 1606996908

    The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed h ... more

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  • Cover image of book Paul Robeson: A Watched Man by Jordan Goodman
    Paul Robeson: A Watched Man - by Jordan Goodman

    £20.00   hardback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781781681312 | ISBN 10: 1781681317

    In his heyday, Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African-American singer was the voice of the people, both as a performer and as a polit ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Songs of Blind Folk: African American Musicians and the Cultures of Blindness by Terry Rowden
    The Songs of Blind Folk: African American Musicians and the Cultures of Blindness - by Terry Rowden

    £22.95   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780472050642 | ISBN 10: 0472050648

    The Songs of Blind Folk explores the ways that the lives and careers of blind and visually impaired African American musicians and singers have mirrored the changes in America's image of African Americans and the social positioning and possibilities ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hand Me My Travelin
    Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell - by Michael Gray

    £14.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780747565611 | ISBN 10: 0747565619

    "No one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell."(Bob Dylan) The great pre-war blues musician Blind Willie McTell was one of the most gifted artists of his generation, with an exquisite voice and a sublime talen for the 12-string guitar. Yet h ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bomb the Suburbs: Graffiti, Race, Freight-hopping and the Search for Hip Hop
    Bomb the Suburbs: Graffiti, Race, Freight-hopping and the Search for Hip Hop's Moral Center - by William Upski Wimsatt

    £8.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781933368559 | ISBN 10: 1933368551

    A seminal foray into the world of hip-hop, rap, art, transience and the culture and politics that surround it.  A mix of storytelling, journalism, and original research on a broad range of topics like suburban sprawl, hip-hop culture, wiggers, ... more

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  • Cover image of book With Billie by Julia Blackburn
    With Billie - by Julia Blackburn

    £10.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780099483656 | ISBN 10: 0099483653

    Julia Blackburn's brilliant and haunting new book is a life of Billie Holiday told in the voices of those who knew her. During the 1970s a young woman called Linda Kuehl, planning to write a biography of Billie, recorded interviews with more than 150 ... more

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  • Cover image of book New Orleans: Playing a Jazz Chorus by Samuel Charters
    New Orleans: Playing a Jazz Chorus - by Samuel Charters

    £9.95   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780714531311 | ISBN 10: 0714531316

    In December 1950, Samuel Charters first journeyed to New Orleans in search of its jazz sources and its musicians. In December 2005, more than half a century later, he returned to his beloved city to find what still was left of this musical heritage a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Walking a Blues Road: A Blues Reader 1956-2004 by Samuel Charters
    Walking a Blues Road: A Blues Reader 1956-2004 - by Samuel Charters

    £9.95   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9780714531076 | ISBN 10: 0714531073

    A Blues Reader documents Samuel Charters' recordings of famous and not so well known blues artistes. From Muddy Waters and Otis Spam in the 1960s to Zydeco and Good Rockin' Dopsie in the 1970s, Charters walks us from Houston Texas, alongside 'Lightni ... more

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  • Cover image of book Droppin
    Droppin' Science: Critical Essays on Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture - by William Eric Perkins (Editor)

    £26.99   paperback   (1995) - ISBN 13: 9781566393621 | ISBN 10: 1566393620

    Rap and hip hop, the music and culture rooted in African American urban life, bloomed in the late 1970s on the streets and in the playgrounds of New York City. This critical collection serves as a historical guide to rap and hip hop from its beginnin ... more

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