If you’re among the curious who want to know what type of crazy shit has been happening in our shadowy Afghanistan war, this book by Army captain Sean Parnell will blow your mind. Back in 2006, at age 21, Parnell led his unit into the mountains of the Hindu Kush for what they thought was a routine patrol. It exploded into 16-months of deadly hell that Parnell and his 10th Mtn. Division unit—nicknamed the Outlaws—barely survived. This is their tale and it’s true, man, it’s war.
The only way this book could be better is if it were a bit broader in scope. Like maybe 5000 or 10,000 whiskies. But it’s not that bad, after all it does include expert commentary and info on everything from the world’s best Scotches to Ryes to Bourbons, so that’s cool. And Editor Dominic Roskrow knows what he’s talking about. He was the editor of Whisky Magazine for several years and has a written a few other well-respected books on humanity’s finest beverage.
The original Battlestar Galactica was only on TV for a little over a year. Even still a global audience has been watching it in syndication for the past 30 years. It was conceived in the wake of Star Wars’ success but failed to create the same stellar appeal. Maybe you disagree. If so, order up this 6-disc set and host your own BG marathon anytime you feel the urge.
You probably have no idea what the Underbelly Project is. Because the artists behind this project wanted it that way. From 2009-2010 an impassioned crew of urban artists transformed an abandoned New York subway station into the largest underground gallery in the world. Eric Haze aka HAZE is behind the project and this book. Act like you know.
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.