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  • Verve: The Sound of America

    Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:23

    blog imageStep inside jazz's most important label!

    The entire story of jazz from its earliest days in New Orleans to the 1970s and beyond told through archival material from Verve, the genre's most important label. Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the 1950s and 1960s and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded. Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, and Ella Fitzgerald all released records through Verve. This superb new volume presents some of the rarest records and unseen ephemera from the label that helped define the world of jazz. Hundreds of the best examples of iconic seven-inch, ten-inch, and twelve-inch records appear, along with publicity reports, news clippings, posters, telegrams, and programmes.

    Looking beyond the music scene, the book discusses segregation in America, the missions to take jazz to Europe and the world, the clubs, the places, and the people who made Verve great and jazz cool.

    Oh, and it also features 1,200 illustrations to feast your eyes on! Have a look inside below and enjoy a video with jazz expert and author Richard Havers, charting the history of Verve to a selection of its artists' iconic tracks.

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  • The Granny Alphabet

    Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:21

    blog imageArtist-photographer Tim Walker has won a cult following for his surrealist fashion photography. Now he brings his British fantasia to a subject close to his and all our hearts: grandmothers. Pour yourself a cup of tea and step into the enchanted realm of The Granny Alphabet, where twinkling Miss Marple-types elope to Egypt in head-to-toe tartan. Book 1 of this two-volume collection offers Tim Walker's portraits characterful of grannies and the things dearest to them and is accompanied by gently humorous verses written by Kit Hesketh-Harvey. In Book 2, fashion illustrator Lawrence Mynott contributes his own A-Z of drawings of lively old ladies.

    All hail the amazing grannies! Here's a look inside:

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  • The Tattoo Colouring Book

    Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:57

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    We do love a good colouring book for adults...

    Packed with stunning illustrations, The Tattoo Colouring Book celebrates the art of the tattoo. The tattoo designs - all specially drawn for the book - range from traditional motifs - hearts, sailors, girls, skulls, roses - to more elaborate compositions with a contemporary edge, each a unique piece waiting to be inked by you. A double gatefold in the centre of the book features two tear-out, full-colour artworks.

    Here's a peek inside the book, plus the making of video so you can see it in all its glory!

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    Dummies guides have created a lovely student minibook for the Book Depository's customers, packed with useful information on all aspects of studying, fantastic books that could revolutionise your student life and some great recipes so you can cook delicious dinners. Happy studying and downloading!

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  • Classics Vs Videogames Smackdown

    Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:53

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    So, we had two competitions recently that have just ended. Win a whole load of Oxford World's Classics and win a Nintendo 3DS. We had similar amount of entries for both - many thousands, but nice to see... more entries to win the Classics! Literature V Video games smackdown! Literature wins!!

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