The Smiths were pretty much the last of the great classic British rock groups. Their influence on the 80s and subsequent decades is unquestionable. This new book explores the band’s trajectory as well as painting portraits of the outsize personalities of Morrissey & Johnny Marr and their enduring musical legacy.
With a list of co-authors including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr & Peter Buck this hardcover guide to 101 essential rock records from the 60s & 70s is sure to shed light on some stuff you’ve never heard before as well as the most celebrated music of the era.
Considering the steady stream of mafia tell-all books, the mob was full of snitches & rats. Instead of living by the code, these cowards turned state’s evidence & now just earn book royalties. The story of this slimy weasel Little Nicky Scarfo, the mob’s youngest-ever underboss, is one that led to the conviction of big boys like John Gotti, Vincent Gigante, and his own uncle Nicky Scarfo, marking the beginning of the end for La Cosa Nostra.
This new collection of never-before-released Jimi Hendrix tracks is not like one of those bogus Beatles “forgotten tapes” records. The 12 included songs are legit studio recordings of Hendrix playing with musicians outside the Jimi Hendrix Experience in ’68 & ’69. Guys like Buddy Miles & Billy Cox, with whom he’d later record the Band Of Gypsies album. It’s the real deal.
Boxing has been almost completely overshadowed by the graphic bloodsport of UFC & MMA fighting, but what’s lacking in the cage is the artistry and purity of a toe-to-toe battle. Photographer Howard Schatz spent 6-years shooting boxing’s biggest stars, managers, trainers & more to capture incredible images for this oversized, hardcover book focused on the “art” of boxing.
Custer’s last stand. What was that again? It was the brutal, bloody defeat of the American cavalry led by General George Custer at Little Big Horn in 1876 against Cheyenne, Lakota, & Arapaho natives. In this new book, Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry, chronicles the life & times of America’s most iconic military genera as well as his infamous last stand.
The genius of Mad Magazine is that for its entire 60-year run it has disguised itself as “stupid kid’s stuff” while delivering some of America’s most honest and biting social satire. This retrospective collects the best, most memorable, and iconic work from Mad’s artists and writers aka “the usual gang of idiots” in a colorful, 256-page hardcover edition.
Games Of Thrones Season 1 on Blu-ray. Do we really even have to say anything else? No, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t explain that this 5-disc set is also a Collector’s Edition that comes with a dragon’s egg. Not a real one unfortunately—it’s a paperweight. It’s also got an in-episode guide, as well as loads of other Westeros p@rn to perv out on.
It’s often hard to make conversation with those adult men of your generation who are still proudly displaying their Star Wars action figures. If you want to strike up a convo with one of these guys, perusing this book might give you some common ground for dialogue. If you happen to have one of these odd fellows in your family, this definitive book on Star Wars memorabilia is the perfect gift.
Even if your love of playing the game was spoiled by some prick high school coach, you’re probably still a fan & you can still learn a thing or two about how professional coaches lead their teams. Through a series of interviews with 20 NFL head coaches, this book creates a composite portrait of a year in the life of the game’s best coaches.