Archive for the ‘Music’ Category


ABC’s Gift Ideas: Manga, Military History, Music, Mysteries/Thrillers

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Manga, Military History, Music and Mysteries & Thrillers as picked out by section buyers Ester, Sophie, RonG, Pleun and Jouke. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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ABC’s Gift Ideas: For Companies

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. :-)

In this year’s  first post we will be highlighting books that we think might make great gifts for companies.  We have these titles available in large quantities, and some of them are even signed by the author from when they visited our store this year.

Our large quantity discount will apply, of course:

  • 10 – 19 copies (of 1 title) = 15% discount
  • 30 – 59 copies = 20% discount
  • more than 59 copies = 25% discount

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here, and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Gift Ideas for Companies

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Win tickets to Konrad Koselleck Big Band ‘Play Beck’!

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The eccentric American singer/songwriter Beck recently released his album Song Reader in the form of sheet music, with the invitation to all the musicians in the world to interpret the music any way they want. This lead to a flood of YouTube clips, as well as the idea for this concert by the just as eccentric Konrad Koselleck Big Band. Band leader Koselleck arranged his favorite songs from the Beck album for his orchestra plus surprise guests: singer/songwriter Marike Jager, singer Deborah J. Carter, classical musicians Nora Fischer and Ties Mellema, and Henk Kraaijeveld, winner of the Vocal Jazz Concours 2013.

Konrad Koselleck Big Band will ‘Play Beck’ on May 6th at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam.

ABC has 2 tickets to ‘Play Beck’ to give away!

All you have to do is mail win@abc.nl by noon, May 2nd! Include ‘Play Beck’ in the subject header.  The winners will be mailed on May 2nd, in the afternoon.

Many thanks to Konrad Koselleck and the Bimhuis for this great promotion!

Gift Ideas: Film & Television, Music, Photography, Fashion, Crafts

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Let us be your personal shoppers!

ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Film & Television, Music, Photography, Fashion and Crafts as supplied by Ester, Nyjolene, Marten and Sophie.

Even more gift ideas can be found here and here!

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Event Report: Patti Smith Book Signing

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

On Friday, July 6th, 2012, music icon and National Book Award winner Patti Smith graced ABC Amsterdam for one hour to sign books.


What you may not be aware of is that we only got the green light for this signing one week earlier.  We sent out press releases, mailed all kinds of websites and affiliated groups, facebooked it, tweeted it, put up a window display – in other words, we tried very hard, in such a short time, to get the word out that she would be there, so that all her fans would at the very least be aware of this opportunity, and hopefully manage to get themselves over to the store as well!

Happily, a lot of you made it.  People lined up at the front door before Ms. Smith arrived, and the queue stretched all the way around the corner of the store.  We had a few strict rules to abide by, but they did ensure everyone had a chance to get something signed.

Thank you to all of you who came for keeping calm and carrying on, and we hope the encounter with your personal hero was worth it (even if it was ever so brief!).

Even more pictures can be found on our Flickr page.