Celebrating decades of hip-hop hits, Def Jam Records is releasing the 30th anniversary box-set: 3 exclusive mixed CDs, including one curated by Rick Rubin titled “Selections from the Roots of Def Jam.” The CDs also come with a t-shirt, a 16 page book and the entire bundle is delivered in a package designed as a turntable.
The other 8 or 9 books about Bob Dylan cover the music, his influence, interviews. This new one from Bob’s close friend and tour manager Victor Maymudes is the story of Dylan’s personal history, constructed using Maymudes’ taped, 24-hour recording of personal memories, after which he died from a brain aneurysm.
Cinemax’s new series The Knick promises turn-of-the-century medical drama that gets gory but this book about renowned Dr. Thomas Mütter who practiced only 50 years earlier chronicles straight-up butchery. But Mütter pioneered the use of ether as anesthetic & the sterilization of surgical instruments, making surgery safer for all.
Amped up on “Arctic Fever”, the USS Jeanette set sail for the uncharted waters of the North Pole in 1879. It never came back. Amazingly though, the few sailors who survived the ice-pack shipwreck walked 1000-miles across Siberia battling Polar Bears and starvation.
Anthrax gave metal what their peers like Slayer, Megadeth, & Metallica never dared: a bit of humor. And the fans loved them for it. This memoir from Anthrax ax-man Scott Ian, a self-proclaimed ‘weird Jewish kid from Queens’ tells the bands whole history as well as Ian’s personal story which is also quite humorous.
Due out in November, HBO will release The Sopranos: The Complete Series on Blu-ray. A 28-disc set that includes all 86 episodes in 1080p with lossless 5.1 audio and over 5 hours of supplements including 2 round-table dinner conversations with the cast & crew, 25 audio commentaries, and a featurette on the development & impact of the series.
Sure, your Vitamix is amazing but what can you do with a waffle iron? Steak? Pizza? Apple Pie? Yup. These and 50 other recipes are just waiting to be discovered in this quirky new cookbook from food freak Daniel Shumski.
This is the story of an American boy raised by his terrorist father, El-Sayyid Nosair—the man who planned the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. But contrary to popular wisdom, the boy (& now author) Zak Ebrahim did not evolve into a radicalized terrorist himself but rather developed an ideology of peace, empathy, & tolerance.
Kubrick made nothing but classics and this exclusive Masterpiece Collection contains Blu-ray versions of Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket & Eyes Wide Shut plus 2 new documentaries about the director as well as a 78-page hardcover photo book. Available November 4.
Author Walter Isaacson wrote the blockbusting, best-selling biography Steve Jobs but definitely not the straight-to-DVD movie starring what’s his face. Now Isaacson is back with another tale of American innovation, chronicling the weirdos & wizards who brought us computers and the Internet.