The Bob Marley story has been told and retold again but this new book from photographer David Burnett takes a look at the life of the reggae legend from a new angle. Burnett began shooting Bob on assignment for Time Magazine in ’76 just as the star began to rise; and he kept shooting through the Exodus tour. This book includes over 100 photos from this tumultuous and important period in Marley’s short but incredible life.
Before Robert DeNiro skidded into his current role as an unfunny old Focker he was in some great movies. The Deer Hunter is one of the best. Christopher Walken, whose career has fared much better over the years, is in it too – and he is, as always, his batshit crazy self. It’s a story about coming home from war but never really being home again. Watch it in Blu-ray. You’ll be moved.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 25 years you know who Dave Grohl is. Nirvana, Foo Fighters, TCV. He’s one of the rarest breed of rock superstars; one who has never been a dumbass. Do you know about his band Scream? That he once lived with lady mud wrestlers? You don’t? Better read this book.
If you’re a big wristwatch, sun glasses, or vintage motorcycle fan and yet Wikipedia is the farthest you’ve gone to find out who the hell Steve McQueen is, the exhaustive, 492-page book Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films, will tell you all you need to know. The guy was a Hollywood superstar. Some say he was a second-rate Paul Newman, but the fact remains, the dude was in a lot of movies.
Maybe you’ve wondered why rappers refer to the police as Five-O. Well, it’s a reference to the classic TV cop series Hawaii Five-O. If you want to learn more about this influential series, or just see classic footage of Honolulu in the 70s, scoop up the complete series and post-up on the couch for the long haul. The show ran for 12 years, so there are a whopping 72 discs in the set.
You can all go suffer for 158 minutes watching The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but those of us with a clue will be posted up on the sofa watching this new Transformers Blu-ray DVD box set. All three Transformers films are included plus Transformers 3 comes in a Blu-ray 3D version. Available 1/31/12.
You probably saw Slacker twenty years ago in your “experimental” days at the university, most likely under the influence of something. And you should watch this offbeat art-flick again, this time in its upgraded Criterion Collection version. You might remember with some fondness the misfits and losers you used to associate with. Sober or otherwise, this era-defining film will take you back to the weirdo days of the dawning 90s.
If you consider yourself an asshole (of the highest and most righteous order, of course) you’ve probably read at least one of Tucker Max’s books by now. The third in his trilogy on “drunken debauchery and ridiculous antics,” Hilarity Ensues is his pièce de résistance. Learn how to live and work in Cancun, while still enrolled in Law School, hear about “dirty pageant girls” and how to drive an uptight roommate completely insane.
When you buy the forthcoming Bond 50 box-set with all the James Bond movies on crisp, killer Blu-ray, you’ll not only get 22 classic spy films, you also get to ogle all the Bond girls. Everyone from Pussy Galore to Honey Rider to Holly Goodhead. We’d call these the “bonus” features, but there’s also 130 hours of actual bonus content, too.
If it wasn’t for Howard Cosell, we’d have no Madden, no Bob Costas, no Al Michaels. The grand-daddy of the sportscaster personality is none other than Howard Cosell, but he was much more than an iconic voice. This book tells his incredible story and chronicles the far-reaching effects of his influence in sports broadcasting.