The golden glow of nostalgia for the supposedly simpler days of the 50s & 60s has led to a revival of the era all across pop culture. Taschen books is now releasing a collection of print advertisements from this period. You might be surprised how easy it was for those scotch-sipping, cig smoking chauvinist ad men to market to your parents.
Few of us are lucky (or motivated) enough to spend time deep in the mountains, but when we can, we feel their power. Editor Sandy Hill’s black-and-white photo book Mountain brings the majesty & power of the world’s most scenic peaks home to you. Collecting 350 images from over 160 photographers, sales of this expansive book will be donated to the American Alpine Club Library. Source
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is always in the studio making something fresh. His latest work is the soundtrack of the blockbuster The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Working with co-producer Atticus Ross, Reznor teamed up with artists like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for this mega-movie score. 3-Disc box set.
Only the best films are released through Criterion Editions. The 1954 cult classic Godzilla—the original monster-movie—will soon be out in a Hi-Def, digitally-restored version with loads of extra features including critical commentary from film critic-historian David Kalat.
Watching the movie Grandma’s Boy six nights in a row to memorize all the lines is fun but it doesn’t make you an expert on films. Neither will this book but it’s a good place to start. It provides an overview of cinema: from styles and techniques to the industry’s greatest and most influential directors and their key works. An informative, easy-to-browse resource for all.
The Box Of Vision archive collects the work of rock-n-roll’s most prolific icons: Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and John Lennon and lets you display your music catalog in a tabletop album that also features 2 art books and a unique storage system for the music. All together it makes a great, tangible tribute to your favorite music.
You know the old saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say, keep your mouth shut.” Sure but silence doesn’t mean you can’t get your point across. Go beyond the bird with this guide to rude hand gestures of the world. Study up and you too, can be globally offensive.
We’ll recommend this book in as few words as possible: Brain-injured outcast teen begins writing to jailed serial killers and develops trusting friendships, then the killers confess more crimes to him. Sounds good? NBC bought the script rights to this one. Happy Holidays.
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.