Mick Rock's David Bowie Photo Book 'The Rise of David Bowie' on Sale From Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, October 21, 2015 06:55pm | Post a Comment

david bowie photo book taschen mick rockMick Rock’s massive tome of a photo book on David Bowie is now for sale at Amoeba Music.

The tall,16-pound book features a hologram cover and more than 300 pages of photographs. It sells for $700, but it’s limited to only 1,972 copies, signed by Rock and Bowie. Look for the book in the display case next to the counters at Amoeba Hollywood!

Rock famously shot many musicians during the 1970s, from Lou Reed to Queen and Blondie’s Debbie Harry. Between 1972 and 1973, Rock was Bowie’s official photographer, while Bowie was taking the world by storm with his celebrated album Hunky Dory and his emerging Ziggy Stardust persona.

The book includes pictures for press and album jackets along with intimate backstage photos, around 50 percent of which are said to be unseen by the public.

The book sale coincides with the exhibition “Mick Rock: Shooting for Stardust. The Rise of David Bowie & Co.” at TASCHEN Gallery, which is located at 8070 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. The exhibit runs through Oct. 30.

Read an interview with Rock about his time photographing Bowie via Rolling Stone. See a couple of photos from the book below. Shop more collectible books from Amoeba here.

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode With Lightning Bolt

Posted by Amoebite, July 15, 2015 12:48pm | Post a Comment

Noise-rock powerhouse Lightning Bolt was founded by Rhode Island School of Design students Brian Lightning BoltChippendale and Brian Gibson in 1995. When the band first started, their shows were largely improvisational, until Load Records approached them with the idea of doing an album. In 1999, their self-titled debut appeared. In 2001, Load released Ride the Skies, the duo's second album. Two years later, the band's most accessible release, Wonderful Rainbow, came out. While touring intermittently, the band released Hypermagic Mountain (2005), Earthly Delights (2009), and Oblivion Hunter (2012). Their most recent release is 2015's Fantasy Empire, their first full-length for Thrill Jockey.

The dynamic duo dig deep and find some gems on our recent episode of What's In My Bag? The guys get started with Mystic Soundz From India, Lost Field Recordings (Lost In Space Records). Compiled from obscure and rare recordings from 1968-1979, this makes a great source for sampling or attempting to hypnotize yourself. Good stuff! Next, they pick up an awesome book of works by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Produced by the innnovative German publisher, TASCHEN, this is a beautifully curated book that deserves to be on every art fan's coffee table. The guys also grab a copy of the highly acclaimed album, You're Dead!, by LA's beloved beat maker Flying Lotus. From instructional records to experimental classical to world music, Lighning Bolt search far and wide and find influence everywhere. Watch the full episode below to see all their picks. 

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This is Your Library with Cheech Marin, Lol Tolhurst, and more! Downtown LA Central Library, 6/2

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2012 06:10pm | Post a Comment
Join Amoeba and the Library Foundation for the sixth installment of This is Your Library, a series of late-night talk show-style events occurring after-hours at the historic Central Library downtown. June 2nd's event will feature actor, comedian, and art collector Cheech Marin; founding member of The Cure Lol Tolhurst; Taschen's Sexy Book editor Dian Hanson; and poet and UCLA Professor of English Harryette Mullen

There will be DJs, live bands, a bar, food, and librarians too! Special musical guests: Wildcat! Wildcat! and Boys School (aka Brett Farkas and the Library All Star Band).

More info HERE!

This is your library

(In which Job introduces the character Ryan.)

Posted by Job O Brother, February 21, 2010 06:56pm | Post a Comment

Ryan "Mouth-hole" Cassano

This weekend I played host to a friend of mine, Ryan “Mouth-hole” Cassano, who was visiting from my beloved home town of Nevada City, California. He had come to investigate 1980’s video arcade games and literature concerning it for some future enterprise that I’m not at liberty to divulge but involves alcohol, supermodels, and rooms of plastic balls.

He met me after my hard but spiritually fulfilling shift at Amoeba Music Hollywood, waiting out the last few minutes of my shift by browsing the clearance section of soundtracks, where he found two items that made him squeal like a flame-covered, 500 pound, chocolate gorilla who sounded like a happy little girl: the soundtrack to the film Kill the Moonlight (which features some very early work by Beck), and to the documentary King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters.

The latter was serendipitous, as it was related to his arcade quest. In fact, he was traveling with a copy of that very film and insisted I watch it with him. I told him he wasn’t the boss of me and I can do whatever I want and I hate I hate him I hate him, then we drove back to my place for a home-cooked dinner of gimlets.
Just like Ma used to make!

I introduced him to the refined art of Tom of Finland, who’s work is so lovingly collected in my Taschen art book. He found it deeply educational and oftentimes frightening. Imagine my embarrassment when, half way through flipping through the book, I realized it was a souvenir photo album of my trip to the Anne Frank House! A common mistake, sure, but no less silly.

Puzzler: Can you tell which one is which?

After half an hour of explaining to him the difference between gay sex and the methodical genocide of six million people, we decided to go to bed.