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Last update: DECEMBER 15, 2002


An expanded edition of "Cosmik Debris: The Collected History & Improvisations Of FRANK ZAPPA" (in stock mid-January 2003)

JIMMY PAGE - session CD (Fuel 2000)

THE YARDBIRDS - "Little Games" (new UK EMI edition – early January 2003)

THE YARDBIRDS – “Five Live Yardbirds” (expanded edition on Fuel 2000 – early 2003)

"Words Of Love: The Music of THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS"
(Who knows when this will come out, if at all?  I gave this in to another publisher in May 2002!  That’s why we do our own stuff!)


"Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up" (with updated tour info and discographies)
THE YARDBIRDS - "The Yardbird Years" (Fuel 2000)
RENAISSANCE - "Live And Direct" (Kissing Spell)

We're honored to be the exclusive distributor of the excellent book
by Gilles Chateau and Sam Rapallo

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"Led Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts" (by Gilles Chateau and Sam Rapallo) - $19.95

LED ZEPPELIN fell in love with the presence of the secluded mountain getaway during their first concert there in 1970 and would unknowingly help launch a musical industry in the most unlikely of places.  " Led Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts" captures the magic created by John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in an extraordinary setting.

The group’s appearances there helped establish Montreux as a unique and exotic musical destination.  Like Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco, the misty mountains of Montreux soon formed a hippie commune of its own, drawing people from all over Europe.  " Led Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts" explores the band’s impact, and the people who were drawn by the town’s timeless beauty and musical vibes.

Co-author and photographer of " Led Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts," Gilles Chateau revisits his unforgettable experiences there in the late 1960s / early 1970s.  An incredible never-before-seen collection of photographs provide a rare view of the group and community of fans that came to Montreux, with insightful interviews, research and text by Sam Rapallo.

From their inception, Led Zeppelin’s live concerts created an incredible buzz among fans around the world, playing in sold-out arenas and stadiums.  As their popularity soared, it would be unthinkable for them to return to performing in a small theatre.  However, Montreux was a unique and special place where the group could retreat from the chaos and get back to basics.  Details of the 1976 Bonzo’s Montreux recording session are also uncovered for the first time. 

Home of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival, founded by promoter Claude Nobs, it has played host to numerous super-star rock musicians and legendary rhythm & blues artists. This year marks the festival’s 35th anniversary.

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant took the stage again in Montreux in July 2001 as part of the Sun Records Tribute concert - their first appearance together there in nearly 29 years.


"Cosmik Debris: The Collected History & Improvisations Of Frank Zappa" - $24.95 (352 pages/ 375+ illustrations) – NOW WITH RECORDING SESSION INFORMATION AND LOTS MORE RARE PHOTOS!


FRANK ZAPPA is the most prolific composer and recording artist of the 20th Century.  Besides his guitar mastery, Zappa’s ability of incorporating any style into his unique body of work is unprecedented!  Even before his death in 1993, Frank Zappa attained artistic success and respect in the rock and classical worlds.  In recent years, an increasing number of classical ensembles have included Zappa’s music on program including other great masters, such as Mozart and Rossini.


Here are some of the many interesting items shown unedited for the first time in “Cosmik Debris”:

The Look Magazine article that interested Zappa in the music of Edgard Varčse

The Varčse and Stravinsky LPs that became Zappa’s first album purchases

The Brian Lord and Junier Mintz singles that all other books claim weren’t released!

The infamous 1965 “Studio Z raid” front page article in the Ontario Daily Report newspaper

A detailed analysis of the classical composers that influenced Frank Zappa

“Conceptual Continuity Clues” for each album

The most complete gig list ever!

An absolutely amazing discography and session list!

"Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up" - $23.95 (288 pages/ 271 illustrations)

This is the definitive and authorized historical account of the extremely influential, blueswailing YARDBIRDS.  With the successive guitar attacks of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, The Yardbirds as a unit reached uncharted territories in rock.  In “Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up,” you’ll discover how The Yardbirds forged their own identity and left a lasting impression on music fans and musicians.  Using The Yardbirds as their blueprint, many bands like Aerosmith and The Allman Brothers have incorporated Yardbirds techniques in creating their own identities.

Written by Greg Russo, liner notes author and compiler of the 2CD sets “Little Games Sessions & More” (EMI) and “Cumular Limit” (New Millennium) and EMI’s “Little Games” single CD, “Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up” reveals Greg’s unique insider knowledge in a captivating written style.  All of the band’s members, past and present, have contributed to this edition.  The book also includes full Yardbirds group and solo discographies, a detailed concert history, and 270 Yardbirds-related photos and extremely rare record covers.

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"Flying Colours: The Jethro Tull Reference Manual" - $22.95 (256 pages/ 411 illustrations)

After one year of research, Greg Russo unveils his most masterful work yet – the most incredible band overview of JETHRO TULL ever created.  In their first three decades, Tull has produced some of the most challenging music ever to emanate from Britain.  More important, they have outlasted nearly everyone in the process!  Ian Anderson, the prime mover in Jethro Tull, has taken the band into directions that no other musician would dare travel.  Find out how the band went from their humble beginning as the Blackpool, England group The Blades to The John Evan Band to the Jethro Tull we know and love.  Besides the stories beyond the songs, this book takes you inside the personalities that have made Jethro Tull such a continually fascinating group of musicians.  As expected, Greg’s discographies are in full force here, as is the most extensive concert listing ever compiled.  As far as Greg Russo’s books are concerned, there are none better.  Find out for yourself!

"Time Of The Season: The Zombies Collector's Guide" - $13.95 (96 pages/ 71 illustrations)

Once again, Greg has produced another fully authorized book - all five ZOMBIES contributed enthusiastically to this recently released classic.  A Zombies fan will rave over Greg's history of the band, their songs and their solo careers.  This goes beyond the "Zombie Heaven" box set - this is the most complete and accurate history of The Zombies, and the band has confirmed it!  All of The Zombies are still involved in the music industry in one way or another, and this book fills you in on that as well.  The creative process involved with each of their recordings is laid out in great detail, enabling the reader to fully enjoy their songs.  A "thank you" note to Zombies fans, written by bass player Chris White and signed by all five members, is included along with Greg's noted discographical completeness.  It doesn't get any better than this!

"Mannerisms: The Five Phases Of Manfred Mann" - $19.95 (275 pages/ 324 illustrations)
+ FREE 35-page supplement with 12 additional illustrations

The only officially authorized account of MANFRED MANN’S career, from his '60s hits ("Do Wah Diddy Diddy" and "Mighty Quinn") to successes with his Earth Band ("Blinded By The Light" and "Runner").  Many exclusive interviews with Manfred and his band members are included along with their personal histories.  A complete discography is included along with many archive photos.  Greg Russo’s supplement to “Mannerisms” takes you up to the present and fills you in on new tape discoveries from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as lots of other information that you will not find elsewhere.  If you thought Manfred Mann only had one phase, it's time to get with it and buy this book!

Manfred Mann Members - Past and Present


All books are by GREG RUSSO unless otherwise noted.

Autographed book covers are also available for $5 each (plus $1 shipping).

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Mannerisms: The Five Phases Of Manfred Mann
Time Of The Season: The Zombies Collector's Guide
Flying Colours: The Jethro Tull Reference Manual
Cosmik Debris: The Collected History & Improvisations Of Frank Zappa
Yardbirds: The Ultimate Rave-Up
Led Zeppelin: The Montreux Concerts

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When you're done here, visit these related sites - they're excellent!



Electric Magic -
Home Page


an excellent Frank Zappa tribute band

ED PALERMO BIG BAND - another excellent Frank Zappa tribute band

ROD ARGENT's Official Site

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