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Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne introduced the evil. They built the foundation of hard rock and every heavy band since has borrowed from their sound. This limited edition collection compiles the influential recordings of Sabbath’s Ozzy years. On top of 12 discs (including three radio documentaries) packaged in a cross-shaped box, you get a 100-page illustrated booklet, guitar pick set & poster.
In a career spanning over 40 years, photographer Mick Rock has shot the most iconic rock-n-roll weirdos. From Bowie’s alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, to the freakishly frenetic Iggy Pop to 70s proto-punks The Sex Pistols to current groups like The Killers, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and even Lady Gaga. This book brings together 200 of Rock’s photographs of the legendary artists who made a difference.
Are you down for alien abduction stories? This is a good one and as “true” as they come. Back in 1975, a crew of loggers in Arizona stumble upon a UFO. Travis Walton is struck by a beam of light from the sky, disappears for a week and returns battered & bruised to tell the unearthly tales of what he saw and endured.
In the real world, you’re stuck in a wimpy hybrid, in traffic. But in the high-speed world of Gran Turismo 5, you’re driving like a freakin’ maniac on the best race courses, roads, and fantasy tracks all over the world. With its new physics engine, drive simulation feels way more real; even the damage from crashes. You can choose from over 1000 ridiculous race cars: Ferraris, rally cars, or your favorite Nascar. You name it, you drive it. And believe it or not, you can even choose a hybrid, but why would you do that?
At last year’s company Christmas party, you kinda thought you were the King Of Vodka. But sorry, no. This is the real story. The biography of Russian vodka entrepreneur, Pyotr Smirnov, as told by journalist & researcher, Linda Himelstein. Rising up against adversity and oppression in the 1800s, Smirnov went from pauper to prince creating one of the greatest alcohol empires of all time.
Arguably the most original & influential underground pop group of the 90s, Stereolab created a unique style mixing looped motoriks, 60s-style French pop and infectious grooves. They’ve put out dozens of releases, all of which are eaten up by their cult-like following of fans. The forthcoming release Not Music is an hour-long collection of tripped-out extras from recording sessions done in 2008. It’s weird and magical … like always.
You have to be a full-on Tim Burton movie fanatic to even understand how awesome this collector’s box set is. Danny Elfman has created the soundtracks for all Burton’s greats – like Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. This limited edition set brings together the music of 16 films, including hours of unreleased extras, a 250-page book with an intro from Johnny Depp, artwork, etc. … it’s a treasure chest of Burtonalia, dig in.
This book matches the larger-than-life legacy of boxing’s super-champion, Muhammad Ali. It’s a serious heavyweight, coming in at over 650 pages and paying tribute to the GOAT: that’s the Greatest Of All Time. Ali re-wrote the book on boxing & sports celebrity and now Taschen has compiled a worthy one in his honor. Thousands of classic pics, essays, interviews. It’s a knockout.
Forest Whitaker is Ghost Dog; an unlikely Samurai assassin to be sure. Ghost Dog lives in a strange mystic realm killing by the code as he’s pursued by Mafioso. Everything about this eerie thriller is strange and nothing is quite what you’d expect. If you’ve seen other Jim Jarmusch-directed films, like Dead Man or Stranger Than Paradise, you know that offbeat plots, characters & story lines add artistic elements of oddity making all his movies true cult classics.