Posts Tagged ‘Books’

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Synesthesia Garage Sale – 26th Feb, Brunswick

February 16, 2011

Not your ordinary garage sale, this is being hosted by some of Melbourne’s music luminaries:

Mark Harwood of infamous experimental record store Synaesthesia,  the Laser King himself Robin Fox and many more.  Even if you’re not in the market for bits, this curious assortment can’t help but titillate the mind and the wallet.  See you there!

see FB entry for pic of the warehouse door

 

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf#!/event.php?eid=201467413203763

Location Warehouse in the middle of the street (see photo for entrance)

Sedgman St
Brunswick, Melbourne
More Info 1 day record fair / garage sale / gathering featuring stalls from Synaesthesia, Round & Round, Sunshine and Grease, The house of Robin Fox + various books and other oddities. Free entry, there will be a bar, dj’s etc…
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Renaissance Bookbinding – St Georges Rd, Fitzroy

January 4, 2010

On my forays from old haunt Preston to the city and back, I passed Renaissance Bookbinders on a daily basis.  The handbound books in the window and intriguing contraptions within held my curious eye on each occasion until, finally, I fashioned an occasion to step inside and enquire about what on earth this cabinet of paper curiousities really is.

As it turns out, the description is helpfully literal.  This shop binds books, using traditional and very beautiful binding methods around since the Renaissance.  They promote the art of book binding in addition to making their honest living through binding books for others.   Their paper presses and other by-hand binding contraptions are fascinating to behold.

Their official spiel is as follows:

Renaissance Bookbinding  was Established in 1981 to promote and enhance his ancient craft of bookbinding and the book arts.Specialising in fine bookbinding & conservation in historical and contemporary designs. Artists’ Books bound in Unique State and Limited Editions. Renaissance Bookbinding is located in a Edwardian shopfront located at 493 Brunswick Street Fitzroy Nth. Melbourne Victoria. The shop window has a display to public of some past and current  work commisioned by artists, designers and printmakers.We have in stock quality Leather Bound Journals, Book Boxes and Albums. Renaissance Bookbinding has unique collection of historical Bookbinding Presses from 1880, Alboin Printing Press from 1858, Vandercook proofing press 1961, Marshall and MaCkay Bristol Gold stamping presses from 1900. Large collection of Gold finishing tools, handset type, brass and foundry. Renaissance Booklbinding offers consultancy for both conservation and binding, all enquiries are welcome.

At the very least, a curious peer through the window of this intriguing establishment is essential on your next Brunswick St trawl.

Their details:

RENAISSANCE BOOKBINDING

493 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North, VIC 3068

p: (03) 9481 8402  f: (03) 9481 8402

They don’t have a website.

thanks to:

http://meliors.blogspot.com/

for the photo.

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Allsorts Bookshop: A win for electronic music g33ks

June 6, 2009

ALLSORTS BOOKS

275 HIGH ST, NORTHCOTE, VICTORIA.
Ph: 94827930
Open 7 Days a week (12 – 6pm)

Word has reached this blog that there’s a great new secondhand book shop that has been opened by long time Clan Analogue supporter & Frostwave effects innovator Paul Perry. If you are technically minded there are heaps of books on Electronics, etc. He also has lots of books on Synthesizers and other electronic music related items. The shop just opened, so get in quick.  Alot of these books you just never find in most book shops.  If you are a Sydney person feel free to call him if you are after a particular book. He has alot of those 80′s books aimed at electronic musicians covering Midi, drum machines, sequencers, etc..

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Polyester Books – 330 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

December 30, 2008

Polyester Books – “the world’s freakiest bookstore”.  

Aaah the memories of being a wee lass and seeing my first mind-boggling dose of counter culture for the first time:  realising that not only were subjects like street art, tattooing, fetishism, the occult and alternative music things that other people were interested in, but they were taken SERIOUSLY!  And people wrote BOOKS about them!  The jolly all round squee-ness of realising that there are communities open to dissenting views and that you can be educated about them… well, let’s just say it warms the cockles of this slightly more grown up and savvy heart.  

Polyester Books is indeed a paradise for the profane, a haven for the heretical, a counter cultural cornucopia.  As their website shows, the topics you can browse through at Polyester include:  Globalisation, Freaks and Tattoos, Mind Expansion, Satanic/Witchcraft/Magick, Pop culture, True Crime and ‘Weird Shit’.  Of course, this also means you can purchase from their website too, but a visit is definitely worth your while, what  with their charismatic staff, often great music selection and the ability to leaf through some of these titles to read and see with your own eyes what in fact they’re about before shelling out your hard earned or pressuring your open minded friends for a book on the UFOs that Ate Elvis. 

The best thing about Polyester Books – they’re totally dedicated to supporting counterculture: so much so that they’ve worn 2 brushes with the law and seizures of property because the books they import are sometimes considered rather.naughty.indeed.  And that from Norwegian Black Metal to Zombie Skinheads:  they’ve really got books on absolutely everything kinda kooky at Polyester.  Including some great local and import Zines. 

The worst thing about Polyester Books:  they should be open later – I guess there’s always the interwebs, but if this were Greenwich Village they’d be open until 4am: sometimes you don’t really want to read about satanic bondage in the whitehouse until after 1am, y’know.  seriously. 

Details in their sig above. Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.  

Subscribe to their mailing list through the website.

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Esoteric Bookshop – 471 Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena VIC

March 19, 2008

 

 Murrumbeena hardly counts as Melbourne: closer to outer suburbs bordering country Victoria! Nevertheless, the longstanding Esoteric Bookshop definitely rates a big Underground Melbourne mention.  Formerly housed in a tucked-away arcade in Camberwell, a couple of years ago the Esoteric Bookshop picked up its’ bedknobs and broomsticks and relocated out in Murumbeena.  A veritable stalwart of the Melbourne pagan/alternative communities, David and the Esoteric Bookshop crew have been providing everything a seeker of underground ideas could want from tarot to talismans, books of shadows to black robes, altars to agates and everything in between for at least the last ten years, perhaps longer.  

 Pagan centric, but generally encouragers of anyone with an open and seeking mind, the good people at the Esoteric Bookshop are always generous with their advice, and also offer the services of a tarot reader for the confused destiny seeker.  They also hold classes and meets in their wild and fertile back garden, offering a meeting place and the chance to learn some skills for the wanna blessed-be to the gently curious and even the coven-converts. They have an online site where one can browse the extensive book and accessory catalogues, or find out about the latest meets.

The best thing about the Esoteric Bookshop: the eclectic range of books, collectables, charms, intriguing objects and of course the bright and eclectic staff and customers one can meet in there.  

The downside: could it be any FURTHER from the city>>>>>????

Details:
The Esoteric Bookshop
471 Neerim RoadMurrumbeena  Victoria, Australia  3163Telephone : +61 3 9530 4843Email info@esotericbookshop.com.au 

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Goods sale/ good sales!

January 26, 2008

Two of Underground Melbourne’s much loved emporia are on sale! 

 This coming Monday only, Circa Vintage Clothing will be having a warehouse sale!  It lasts a very short time (3 hours) so be prompt.  The early bird catches the 40′s chiffon shirt. Or somesuch. 

 Details:

Where: upstairs, 102 Gertrude Street Fitzroy.
How to get there: enter off Young street, there’s a car park behind Circa and there you will see the door going upstairs.
When: Australia Day holiday, Monday January 28th, from 12pm to 3pm only.

What: vintage clothing from the ’20s to the ’90s – items from only $1!
Payment accepted: preferably cash, EFTPOS available for amounts over $20, Credit cards for amounts over $50.

Metropolis Bookstore, upstairs in Curtin House in the city is also on sale! I’m not sure how long for so go upstairs and grab yourself a bargain while you can!  Apparently books are up to 75% off!

 Damn January and all its enticing bargains!!! 

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Barricade Books – watch this space

January 5, 2008

 

Word on the street – and on their online site – is that beauteous bastion of regional radicalism Barricade Bookshop (website)  is soon about to open up again.

  Having spent a action packed few years upsetting enemies-of-thought in Sydney Road, Brunswick and then a stint at the fabulous Irene Warehouse, Barricade went underground, and possibly under, for over a year in 2006.   Therefore, for lovers of political books  it is quite something to rejoice that Barricade will be back, as there is no Melbourne bookshop better stocked with political philosophy and the occasional odd radical extremist pamphlet or two.  Barricade specialisies in less-covered political theories (including numerous strands of anarchism) and political zines, badges and tshirts  and is a discounter for local radio station 3cr.   

It’s a fine cause, freedom of thought, and Barricade has braved all criticism and the ravages of commercial rentals to keep bringing us their haven of multi stranded manifestos.  There’s no information so far as to exactly when, but they will certainly advertise on their website when they are about to reopen.   In the meantime, something you might not know: they’ve got an online shop  for anyone who just MUST read about politics right. now.   You can also join a politics discussion group or two through the website.

 The best thing about Barricade: well, considering the new shop hasn’t opened, it’s difficult to judge.  But, frankly, one of the best things about Barricade as an entity is its’ tenacity and continued belief in providing radical philosophies and supporting freedom of thought. 

The downside: well, they’re not open again yet, so it’s difficult to know, really!    

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