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  • Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

    This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession


    ELI5: Music preference. Why do we prefer certain sounds over others and how do they get that way?
    Whether you load your iPod with Bach or Bono, music has a significant role in your life—even if you never realized it. Why does music evoke such powerful moods? The answers are at last be- coming clear, thanks to revolutionary neuroscience and the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Both a cutting-edge study and a tribute to the beauty of music itself, This Is Your Brain on Music unravels a host of mysteries that affect everything from pop culture to our understanding of human nature, …

  •'t Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

    Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation


    TIL hip hop exploded after the 1977 blackout in NYC because countless aspiring DJs were able to loot expensive DJ equipment from electronics stores
    Hip-hop is now a global multi-billion pound industry. It has spawned superstars all across the world. There have been tie-in clothing lines, TV stations, film companies, cosmetics lines. It even has its own sports, its own art style, its own dialect. It is an all-encompassing lifestyle. But where did hip-hop culture begin? Who created it? How did hip-hop become such a phenomenon? Jeff Chang, an American journalist, has written the most comprehensive book on hip-hop to date. He introduces the …

  • Long Hard Road Out of Hell

    The Long Hard Road Out of Hell


    Marilyn Manson’s Dad surprised him at his recent photo shoot with Terry Richardson. Proof that its a Father’s duty to embarrass your children as much as humanly possible.
    The best-selling autobiography of America’s most controversial celebrity icon, Marilyn Manson (with a bonus chapter not in the hardcover).In his twenty-nine years, rock idol Manson has experienced more than most people have (or would want to) in a lifetime. Now, in his shocking and candid memoir, he takes readers from backstage to gaol cells, from recording studios to emergency rooms, from the pit of despair to the top of the charts, and recounts his metamorphosis from a frightened Christian …

  • Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by the Det...

    Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by the Det…


    Twenty years ago today, Tupac Shakur was shot and fatally wounded. At the time, it was implicated that the Notorious B.I.G. was involved in his death. What evidence do we have now? Was Biggie to blame?
    Two of the most notorious unsolved cases in the annals of American crime, the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls have been the subject of exhaustive investigations, relentless speculation and a tangled web of rampant rumors, crackpot conspiracies and dark secrets. Now, for the first time, the truth behind these sensational cases is laid bare in Murder Rap, a raw and riveting account of how a dedicated and driven police detective spearheaded the task force that finally exposed the shock…

  • Century

    Ambient Century


    Challenge: Name a style of music you dislike and it’s up to fans of said style to find artists that could change your opinion.
    This publication reveals the drift in 20th-century music from composers to non-musicians, from strict rules to no rules, from the single note to the sample. This drift through technology, Minimalism, the rock era and techno music is earthed by the development of ambient sound, to the author the most important breakthough of the past 100 years. With the help of electronics, new ideas and consumer music, Ambient music has established itself beyond question as “the classical music of the future.”

  • Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

    Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk


    What’s the most DISGUSTING thing you’ve seen a human do to another human? (NSFW)
    “Ranks up there with the great rock & roll books of all time.”—Time Out New York“Lurid, insolent, disorderly, funny, sometimes gross, sometimes mean and occasionally touching . . . Resounds with authenticity.”—The New York Times“No volume serves juicier dish on punk’s New York birth . . . Tales of sex, drugs and music that will make you wish you’d been there.”—Rolling StoneA contemporary classic, Please Kill Me is the definitive oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy P…

  • Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (33 1/3)

    The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique (33 1/3)


    Beastie Boys chasing Madonna on stage with squirt guns (Xpost r/OldSchoolCoolMusic)
    Derided as one-hit wonders, estranged from their original producer and record label, and in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, the Beastie Boys were written off by most observers before even beginning to record their second album – an embarrassing commercial flop that should have ruined the group’s career. But not only did “Paul’s Boutique” eventually transformed the Beasties from a fratboy novelty to hiphop giants, its sample-happy, retro aesthetic changed popular culture forever.

  • Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped

    Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped


    Ticketmaster charging $55.80 service charge on a $75 ticket. Sure, that seems totally reasonable.
    Ticket Masters chronicles the as-yet-untold story of the modern concert industry, revealing the origins, development and ongoing strategies of companies such as Ticketmaster, Live Nation and StubHub and the efforts of numerous independent competitors. With over 100 exclusive interviews along with many previously unreleased documents, this character-driven book explores the actions and impact of the iconoclasts guiding these companies while folding in related tales of scalping syndicates, old-…

  • & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain

    Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain


    What is a conspiracy theory you actually believe in?
    Draws on new forensic evidence, police reports, and the case tapes of a private investigator to explore questions surrounding the apparent suicide of Kurt Cobain.

  • Jams

    Slow Jams


    what happens after playing in the devil’s playground my whole life? I need to be cleansed.I finally made something my mom and god would be proud of! here’s what happened……..nsfw
    Rare self published comic by David Choe

  • Real Frank Zappa Book

    The Real Frank Zappa Book


    Frank Zappa and his incredible compositions
    The brash and outrageously funny autobiography of music legend Frank Zappa–now in trade paperback. Here is the real story of how he became the state of the art in weirdness, as only he can tell it: wild rock ‘n’ roll road stories, confrontations with bureaucratic idiocy, and more. Black-and-white photographs and line drawings throughout.

  • Pretty Face Is Going to Hell The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie

    Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed


    Iggy Pop holding a knife to David Bowie’s throat, 1976.
    (Book). First-ever look at the intertwining, outrageous lives of three rock legends. When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still recovering from the collapse of the Velvet Underground, and Iggy had already been branded a loser… Yet within two years they completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe. With Bowie producing, Reed’s Transfor…

  • & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking


    You want to know what the BEST tip I EVER got was? “Produce horrible material on purpose.”
    “This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—there aren’t any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art c…