Many books have been written about the greatest guitar player of all time, Mr. Jimi Hendrix. But none of his biographers were as close to the fire as the author of this new book. Jimi Hendrix: A Brother’s Story was written by Jimi’s younger brother Leon. It goes all the way back. Before the guitar, before the stardom, before the drugs.
Microsoft doesn’t have a lot of good news to report these days but here’s one bright spot on their horizon: they announced the upcoming release of Halo 4, the newest installment of their popular killing game series. Master Chief is back and he’s on a mission to save the universe with advanced weaponry. The new game is due out November 6, 2012.
If you thought your whole-season-in-one-sitting Dexter marathons were a bit obsessive, you should check out this true crime story about the case of Mark Twitchell. He was a self-professed psychopath who also happened to be a writer and aspiring filmmaker. When he went on trial for a grisly murder, his diary called Serial Killer Confessions was the main piece of evidence against him and his obsession with Dexter was all over the headlines. Stranger than fiction? Absolutely.
There are three definitive Vietnam war movies. Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, and Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 masterpiece Full Metal Jacket, which many critics and connoisseurs have argued is the hands down best ‘Nam flick of all. Pre-order this 25th anniversary Blu-ray edition with enhanced hi-def picture and sound and watch it again, it’ll blow your mind.
News out of North Korea seems to be brightening lately. Well, aside from the unregulated nuclear testing and human rights horrors. Read Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, it’ll give yourself a little historical perspective on one of the world’s most violent dictatorships. It’s the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, a man raised in a prison camp who witnessed the execution of his own family. Seriously, how the hell did he escape?
When Paul Newman and Robert Redford teamed up for the period crime-comedy The Sting in 1973, they were Hollywood superstars in their prime. The movie won seven Oscars and Redford was even nominated for Best Actor in his performance as a 1930s Chicago hustler. Surprisingly he was beat out by some other dude in a movie about a guy who hitchhikes across the country to find a cat named Tonto. This re-mastered Blu-ray disc is bound to make the two co-stars look even more handsome than you remember.
Animal House is an undisputed American comedy classic. It was at first rejected by producers for being too stupid, then made over $600 million. It launched the careers of Kevin Bacon & John Belushi, and was filmed in only 4 weeks. The story behind this film is as legendary as the movie itself. Read all about it in this new book you filthy animal.
Snoop Dogg gained fame and made his name with a song about Gin n’ Juice but on album after album the Doggfather has always professed his love for the herbal essence. You can read all about it in his new book. Rolling Words is a songbook you can smoke, literally. It’s a collection of Snoop’s lyrics printed on rolling papers. Availability still unknown.
Enemies: A History of the FBI by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner is a history of America’s most powerful secret intelligence service. Drawn entirely from firsthand materials in the FBI’s own files, Weiner, who wrote an award-winning history of the C.I.A., Legacy of Ashes explores it all from founder J. Edgar Hoover’s 48-year rule by fear, force and fraud to today, in which it’s run pretty much the same way.
Electronic and dance music marshalls the Chemical Brothers bring their tripped-out live show to Blu-ray with the release of Don’t Think, a live concert video from Japan’s Fujirock Festival which they recorded on 20 cameras in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans. If your special occasion requires psychedelic visuals, this is the ticket. The sound is also incredible, recorded in Dolby 7:1 surround and mixed down by Brothers themselves.