Unless you were in all the right places to be in NYC from New Year’s Day 1973 to New Year’s Eve 1977, you missed it. These were transformative, experimental years in the city’s music scene and even though you missed out, you can read about it now in this new book. Punk rock, hip hop, disco, salsa, jazz and cross-pollination of all types went down. Read up and act like you know.
You may not know there’s an international community of wingnuts (or cultural historians) called Urban Explorers who explore abandoned buildings, sewers and storm drains, transit tunnels, and even ancient catacombs for pleasure. Well, it’s true. And if the Urbex movement sounds interesting, read this new guidebook and get out there.
You’ve probably never heard of Ahmet Ertegun, but you know his music. Ertegun was the founder and head of Atlantic Records, the son of a Turkish diplomat who built an empire producing acts like The Rolling Stones, Led Zep, Eric Clapton, and so on. This is the bio of his charmed and crazy life.
Music critic Greil Marcus’ new book on The Doors leaves the worn out Jim Morrison-deathcult-poet-myth alone and focuses solely on the band’s enduring music. That’s fresh.
Learning forgotten handcrafts is right up there with dressing like it’s 1899. Real hot right now. This how-to book of knots won’t just look awesome poking out of your bespoke bookshelf, it will teach you the skills you need to tie the right knot for any situation where a more modern solution like a bungee cord or ratchet tie-down would throw the whole old school look off.
Your closet could be filled with jackets, jeans, and leather goods all stamped with the legendary name Steve McQueen, but do you know who this guy was? Unless you’re a classic movie buff, motorhead or 60-years old, you probably have no clue. This biography tells the whole back-story on the rise of Hollywood’s undisputed ‘King Of Cool.’
This is Chris Kyle’s story, the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. He’s a master sniper who has blown out many, many brains that our military deems dangerous. 255 brains to be exact. What must that be like? Read this 400 pager and maybe you’ll find out.
Since this season isn’t giving us much to talk about, why not return to the classics? 100 Yards of Glory: The Greatest Moments in NFL History is one of those perfect no-brainer gifts. You know, dudes plus football equals holiday home run. Or is it goal? Whatever, you know what we mean. Includes an original ten-part documentary on DVD.
Most Americans know next to nothing about Africa, let alone African politics. If you draw a blank at the name Robert Mugabe, this book will be a real eye-opener. Zimbabwean author Peter Godwin chronicles the courage and perseverance of his people against 30-years of Mugabe’s corrupt & brutally violent dictatorship.
Attention Lego nerds, put down your toys and pick up this 300-page full-color Lego coffee table book. It might just provide you with some ammo when people ask the inevitable question, “Aren’t you a little old for Legos?”