Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Event: NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1989 by Tony Rettman


Saturday December 13 7-9 PM.
Bazillion Points has just published THEE most comprehensive tome on New York Hardcore ever. 450 pages jam-packed. Come out and buy one. Author Tony Rettman will be around to chat and sign em along with legendary artist Sean Taggart (Agnostic Front, Crumbsuckers, plenty of others).

Known for its glamorous 1970s punk rock scene, New York City matched the grim urban reality of the 1980s with a rawer musical uprising: New York hardcore. As bands of misfits from across the region gravitated to the forgotten frontier of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a a backdrop of despair, bands like Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law, and Youth of Today confronted their reality with relentlessly energetic gigs at CBGB, A7, and the numerous squats in the area.

Tony Rettman’s ambitious oral history captures ten years of struggle, including the scene’s regional rivalries with D.C. and Boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straightedge movement, and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness.

With a foreword by Freddy Cricien of Madball, who made his stage debut with Agnostic Front at age 7, NYHC slams the sidewalk with savage tales of larger-than-life characters and unlikely feats of willpower. The gripping and sometimes hilarious narrative is woven together like the fabric of New York itself from over 100 original interviews with members of Absolution, Adrenalin O.D., Agnostic Front, Antidote, Bad Brains, Bloodclot, Bold, Born Against, Breakdown, Cause for Alarm, Citizens Arrest, Cro-Mags, Crumbsuckers, Death Before Dishonor, Even Worse, False Prophets, Gorilla Biscuits, H20, Heart Attack, Inhuman, Into Another, Irate, Judge, Kraut, Leeway, Life’s Blood, Major Conflict, Murphy’s Law, Nausea, Nihilistics, Nuclear Assault, Numskulls, Outburst, Pro-Pain, Quicksand, Raw Deal, Reagan Youth, Rorschach, S.O.D., Sacrilege, Savage Circle, Sheer Terror, Shelter, Shok, Sick of it All, Side by Side, Skinhead Youth, Straight Ahead, the Abused, the Cryptcrashers, the Mad, the Misfits, the Misguided, the Mob, the Psychos, the Ritz, the Stimulators, the Undead, Token Entry, Underdog, Urban Waste, Virus, Warzone, Youth of Today, and many, many more.




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Featured: Joan Didion





Joan Didion, The White Album
Paperback

"First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era—including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall—through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central text of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography."





Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Paperback

"The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, forty years after its first publication, the essential portrait of America— particularly California—in the sixties. It focuses on such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in California, ruminating on the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture."




Joan Didion, Play It As It Lays
Paperback

"A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader. Set in a place beyond good and evil-literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul-it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose."



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Monday, December 8, 2014

Featured: Science Fiction





John Crowley, The Beasts
Hardcover






Ben Bova, Editor, The Many Worlds Of Science Fiction
Hardcover




A.E. Van Vogt, Slan
Hardcover





Judy-Lynn Del Rey, Stellar Science Fiction Stories
Hardcover



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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Featured: Bjorneboe's Silence



Jens Bjorneboe, The Silence
Paperback

"Originally published in Norway in 1973, The Silence (Stillheten) is the third and final book of what has become known as The History of Bestiality trilogy. Dufour Editions is very pleased to have published in the United States the first two novels in this trilogy -- Moment of Freedom and Powderhouse -- and now, with The Silence, to make all three novels available in English for the very first time. It will give readers a chance to experience first hand Bjorneboe's remarkable, fierce, and even savage fictional inquiry into what he saw as the nature of evil in the twentieth century.As with the first two novels in the trilogy, The Silence also rejects the traditional modes of fiction to posit instead an essay-like novel of ideas, philosophy, and argumentation. It is, in fact, even further removed from the loose fictional form of the two previous protocols, and owes more to the works of Foucault, Girard, and Sartre. Described by Bjorneboe as an anti-novel and absolutely final Protocol, The Silence was ahead of its time in its critique and discussion of the post-colonialist world. Here the inquiring narrator explores not just European history, as he did in the first two novels, but the crimes committed by Europeans against the rest of humanity in the name of expansion and conquest. Set in an unnamed country in northern Africa, the narrator is looking at Europe from the outside. With his friend Ali, an African revolutionary intellectual, he discusses in epic fashion the history of colonialism. Cortez' destruction of the Aztec empire and Pisarro's of the Incas were crimes of genocide comparable with Hitler's against the Jews, and Columbus's glorious discovery of America becomes simplyan act of colonialism. He engages in imaginary conversations with Columbus, Robespierre, God, and Satan. He becomes totally immersed in what he perceives as the world's wickedness. As he tells us: I don't believe that humanity is evil, nor that humanity is good -- I believe that a human being is partly evil and partly good. Which side shall be permitted to grow and develop depends on ourselves. On a planet where people have freely chosen to let themselves be burned alive for the sake of truth, the good must have great possibilities. The court sat, the charges were read, the witnesses heard, the evidence presented, humanity was found guilty. I kept the trial records -- these are the protocols, these three novels. This is the History of Bestiality. Now, is the silence. As Bjorneboe puts it in the third and final novel, there is a transformation in humanity brewing and whether it will result in total destruction or a redeemed humanity is unknown, but we do have the possibility -- the potential, the humanity -- of cooperating in our own redemption.Despite its presentation of horrors and man's inhumanity to man, and its grim portrayal of the narrator's long plunge into the tunnel of depression, The Silence does not depress. It praises man's immeasurable capacity for good; man is the destroyer of all things, but also the renewer of all things. Given what man has done to his fellow man in just these last few years, in Africa, in Latin America, in South America, in Eastern Europe, the twenty-five years that have passed since this novel was first published have not diminished its relevance or its urgency." -Dufour Editions



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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Featured: Three Books




J.G. Ballard, The Crystal World
Hardcover




Charles Portis, True Grit
Hardcover




Muriel Spark, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
Hardcover



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Friday, December 5, 2014

Featured: Three by Don Carpenter




Don Carpenter, Hard Rain Falling
Paperback

"Don Carpenter’s Hard Rain Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a young black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist gone wrong gets Jack sent to reform school, from which he emerges embittered by abuse and solitary confinement. In the meantime Billy has joined the middle class—married, fathered a son, acquired a business and a mistress. But neither Jack nor Billy can escape their troubled pasts, and they will meet again in San Quentin before their strange double drama comes to a violent and revelatory end." -New York Review Of Books







Don Carpenter (with Jonathan Lethem,) Friday At Enrico's

Hardcover

Fridays At Enrico’s may be the truest depiction of literary life I’ve ever encountered. Truer than Lost Illusions, truer thanNew Grub Street; Carpenter depicts the lives of his bohemians up and down the west coast with a kind of calm radiance, and with an equipoise between hope and despair. The result is a kind of stoic classic, like John Williams’ Stoner. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Matthew Specktor, author of American Dream Machine, and The Sting." -Counterpoint

“Like Chuck Kinder’s Honeymooners, Fridays at Enrico’s lovingly follows the literary fortunes of a ragtag band of West Coast hopefuls from their clumsy first drafts and drunken love affairs through bestsellerdom, writer’s block and the Hollywood script mills. Don Carpenter knows how heartbreakingly funny the artist’s peculiar unhappiness can be.” —Stewart O’Nan


“The writer’s life is a favorite subject for many authors, but Fridays at Enrico’s is Don Carpenter from front to back—spare but unsparing, plain-spoken but filigreed with moments of bright poetry, and focused on ordinary people climbing out of the holes they’re in only to dig deeper ones for themselves. Edited by Jonathan Lethem with a light and sympathetic touch, Carpenter’s final novel is an unexpected treat.” —Christopher Sorrentino




Don Carpenter, The Hollywood Trilogy
Paperback

"Don Carpenter wrote about Hollywood like no one else. Hollywood Trilogy collects, for the first time, Carpenter’s most significant Hollywood novels— A Couple of Comedians, The Turnaround and The True Life Story of Jody McKeegan — into a single volume. Here readers will find the jungle of “B” movie Hollywood with no attempt to dress up the rawness and vulgarity of this “glamorous” town. Carpenter’s characters occupy every facet of Hollywood —there are naïve and shy young men trying to break into the business, one-picture wonders, comedy duos, beautiful starlets and middle-aged moguls wondering how exactly they got where they are. All are drawn with the wit, pace and above all, the authenticity that were Don Carpenter’s trademarks." -Counterpoint

“I never knew what they meant when they said so-and-so writes like an angel, but now I do. Don Carpenter gives us a superb prose, light, fast as the speed of reading, quick in its turns, luminous, tender, humorous, sad, full of wise woe and cosmic optimism.” –Norman Mailer







"Don Carpenter (1931-1995) was born in Berkeley, California, and grew up on the West Coast. He served in the air force during the Korean War, attended the University of Portland, and received a B.S. from Portland State College and an M.A. from San Francisco State College. Carpenter, his wife, Martha, and their two daughters settled in Mill Valley, near San Francisco, and he became good friends with the local writers Evan Connell and, especially, Richard Brautigan. His first book, Hard Rain Falling, was published in 1966 and was followed by nine other novels as well as several collections of short stories. Carpenter also wrote for the movies and television and spent a good deal of time in Hollywood, the subject of several of his novels. Plagued by poor health in his later years, he committed suicide at the age of sixty-four. " NYRB




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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Featured: Funeral For A Home



Funeral For A Home
Hardcover

In stock!  Here's what Philebrity has to say...


"Earlier this year, Tyler School of Art’s Temple Contemporary staged an art project/event called Funeral For A Home which was a loving (if melancholy) meditation on the nature of blight. Aided by artists Steven and Billy Dufala, the project worked with community members in Mantua to tell the story, from “birth” to demise, of a property at 3711 Melon Street, capped off by a proper “funeral”-type event. At the heart of the project was a mournful telling of numbers and realities that, in their own way, are nearly as difficult to process as a human death: At the turn of the 20th Century, Philly was building ten new rowhomes per day — today, the City tears down 600 per year. And though in recent years, both historical preservation and gentrification in various neighborhoods has saved an untold number of homes from blight, efforts like that have yet to come to neighborhoods like Mantua, which are as rich (if not richer) in history than anywhere else.
As a lasting document of the project, Funeral For A Home, the book, tells this story and more. Collecting archival materials, original artwork, lots of history, and essays by those close to the project, it is a deeply mournful art book that is both completely unique on the art level while also being necessary reading for any Philly history geek. And we can’t stop looking at it."

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Featured: New Directions & Alvin Lustig





E.M. Forster, A Room With A View
Hardcover
Dust Jacket by Alvin Lustig





Henry James, The Aspern Papers & The Europeans
Hardcover
Dust Jacket by Alvin Lustig




Ezra Pound, Selected Poems
Hardcover
Dust Jacket by Alvin Lustig





Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
Hardcover
Dust Jacket by Alvin Lustig





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Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Arrival: Boppet!




Ida Binney
Boppet, Please Stop It
William R. Scott, Inc., Publisher
Hardcover, Illustrated Boards, No Dust Jacket
(Rare)




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