Issue # 448
DVD Review
Ace Wonder
John MooreChad Gunderson, Jeff MorelandFilm Chest Media

Ace Wonder is a boy detective, struggling to find a storyline for his latest novel. When his path tangles with Derek Morton, a simple family mystery becomes a very real case of corporate espionage, scientific discovery, and one coldblooded killer.

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Worlds Together
Elmer HawkesMaster Communications, Inc.

Cuba provides a ground level look at Cuba, The Pearl of the Antilles. The documentary introduces the island by delving into its topography, history, health care, religious practices, cuisine and education. The Polynesia-like eastern city of Baracoa and the nation s capital, Havana are explored. The film concludes with an extensive look at the island s unique musical performers and stylistic trends.

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The First 50 Years
Tom McComasTM Books & Video

Anyone who loves the Ford Mustang will enjoy this history of the original pony car from its long-shot origins in the early 1960s to the 2015 model that is selling around the globe.

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Issue # 447
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A Memoir
Viv AlbertineThomas Dunne Books

Viv Albertine is a pioneer. As lead guitarist and songwriter for the seminal band The Slits, she influenced a future generation of artists including Kurt Cobain and Carrie Brownstein. She formed a band with Sid Vicious and was there the night he met Nancy Spungeon. She tempted Johnny Thunders…toured America with the Clash…dated Mick Jones…and inspired the classic Clash anthem “Train in Vain.” But Albertine was no mere muse. In Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys., Albertine delivers a unique and unfiltered look at a traditionally male-dominated scene.

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The Inside Story of Metallica (1991-2014)
Paul BranniganDa Capo Press

Into the Black begins on the eve of the release of Metallica's massive breakthrough with the eponymous LP that became known as "The Black Album." Suddenly, at the dawn of the '90s, Metallica was no longer the biggest thrash metal band in the world—they were the biggest rock band in the world, period.

But with such enormous success came new challenges, as Metallica ran the risk of alienating their original fan base. They were beset by controversy over musical stylistic shifts, supposed concessions to the mainstream, even their choice of haircuts.

During this transformative era, journalists Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood had unprecedented access to Metallica. They accompanied the band on tour and joined them in the studio, getting exhilarating eyewitness views into the belly of the beast. Together they amassed over 75 hours of interview material, much of it never in print before now.

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Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction
David J. HaskinsJawbone Press

Beginning with the creation of Bauhaus's seminal debut hit "Bela Lugosi's Dead," David J. Haskins offers a no-holds-barred account of his band's rapid rise to fame and glory in the late '70s, their sudden dissolution in the '80s, and their subsequent and often strained reunions. In between, he explores his work as a solo performer, and with acclaimed trio Love And Rockets, culminating in the devastating fire that ripped through the sessions for their 1996 album Sweet F.A. He also delves deep into his exploration of the occult, drawing together a diverse cast of supporting characters, including William S. Burroughs, Alan Moore, Genesis P. Orridge, and Rick Rubin. Bristling with power and passion, music and magic, Who Killed Mister Moonlight? is a rock'n'roll memoir like no other.

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Social Movements and States in Latin America
Benjamin DanglAK Press

Recent years have seen the resurgence of worker cooperatives, anti-privatization movements, land occupations, and other strategies used by Latin Americans to confront economic crises. Using original research, lively prose, and extensive interviews with farmers, activists, and politicians, Dangl suggests how these tactics could be applied internationally to combat the exploitation of workers and natural resources. He looks at movements across the Americas, drawing parallels between factory takeovers in Argentina and Chicago and battles over water rights in Bolivia and Detroit. At the same time, he analyzes recurring problems faced by social movements, contextualizes them geopolitically, and points to practical examples for building a better world now.

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The Story of the Home-made Guitar That Rocked Queen and the World
Brian May Hal Leonard Books

Brian May and his father Harold started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform any of the existing commercially made electric guitars; his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true. Brian played his guitar on every Queen album and in all of Queen's live shows around the world. In this book you will discover everything you ever wished to know about Brian's unique instrument. Brian talks about every aspect of the Red Special, from its birth to playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, from Live Aid to the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and beyond. All of this is accompanied with original diagrams, sketches and notes dating from the building of the guitar, as well as a great selection of photographs including Brian on stage with his guitar, close-ups and x-rays.

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The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss
Manuel Villacorta MS RDHCI; 1 edition

"Superfood" is not just a buzz-word or a passing vogue; it's the integral component to leading a healthy lifestyle, a word many of us are recognizing by the minute. As these once obscure products find broader distribution and consumers have greater access, superfoods are finding their way into mainstream supermarkets, gradually becoming a staple to the American diet. The benefits of consuming Peruvian superfoods are astonishing: from fighting cancer and reducing inflammation to boosting energy and enhancing memory— these foods have it all. In his Peruvian superfoods diet, Villacorta provides simple yet thorough explanations of weight-loss, anti-aging, and disease-fighting concepts by using an appealing page layout displaying beautiful color photography, easy-to-read bullet points, and sidebars summarizing each health benefit.

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A Lighthearted Look at the Demands and Idiosyncrasies of Rock Icons on Tour
Sue RichmondBackbeat Books

Excess All Areas takes readers on a roller-coaster, backstage ride into the surreal and unpredictable world of the band contract rider. A rider is a shopping list of items, usually food and drink, requested by the band, which forms part of the contract for the concert venue. If you think Van Halens 80s demands to remove all of the brown M&Ms from the sweet bowl in their dressing room was a tad precious, think again. Excess All Areas delves into the dressing rooms of our favorite musical acts, from Black Sabbath to Usher, and has a good old rummage around, discovering a penchant for expensive champagne, enough towels to dry an army, the odd boa constrictor, inflatable sumo outfits, ice without square edges, water from the top of Mount Olympus, white tube socks (12 pairs, to be exact), and soda waterjust for spilling on the floor. This colorful volume includes illustrations that are equally as entertaining as the outlandish 100 featured riders and will leave you amazed, stomping your feet, and shouting for more.

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DON'T LET HER IN!
Jorge Dorado

John is our classic disgraced professional. Once at the top of his game, his own traumatic experiences began to intrude on his work. Now desperate for money, John agrees to take on the case of Anna; a 16 year old girl who is either a sociopath or a victim of trauma herself.  John is a man haunted by his past and determined to get to the truth behind Anna’s behavior. As he develops a relationship with Anna, played with doe-eyed malevolence by Taissa Farmiga the questions regarding her innocence begin to pile up.

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In Search of Ancient Astronauts with Rod Serling
Fred WarshofskyFilm Chest

Rod Serling narrates this documentary exploring the possibility that ancient cultures were in contact with extraterrestrials.

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Live At The Rainbow '74
QueenEagle Rock Entertainment

1974 was a year of high achievement for Queen. They had their first two hit singles, 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' and 'Killer Queen,' released two albums, 'Queen II' and 'Sheer Heart Attack,' and completed major tours across the UK, America and Europe. In the UK, they performed three sold-out shows at the legendary Rainbow Theatre in London's Finsbury Park, one in March on the 'Queen II' tour and two in November following the release of 'Sheer Heart Attack'. To mark the 40th Anniversary of these shows, fans can finally enjoy Queen 'Live At The Rainbow '74', lovingly restored, re-edited, mixed and digitally mastered and including much previously unseen footage. The main show is from November with, as a bonus, the only surviving footage from the March show. This is Queen dazzling their audience with an unforgettable show delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth.

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THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
YesEagle Rock Entertainment

This Special Edition of 'Songs From Tsongas' contains 2 concerts from Yes 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour by the band to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman Alan White. Disc 1 contains the whole of the concert from the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts, previously spread across 2 discs. This epic show features a brand new stage set by legendary designer and Yes collaborator Roger Dean, and the setlist features tracks from across the band s career including an extensive acoustic section (tracks 11 18) and some tracks that have rarely been performed live. Disc 2 contains 70 minutes of highlights from a very different concert on the same tour filmed at Estival in Lugano, Switzerland. This outdoor concert sees a stripped down stage and full-on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas, while the crowd wield a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, which doesn t stop them having a great time!

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Issue # 446
Book Review
Private Stories: Monologues for Young Actors Ages 8 to 16
Elizabeth Bauman Limelight Editions

This collection of monologues is accompanied by seven key questions that help young actors to create unique, well-rounded characters directly from their imagination. The monologues can also be used to stimulate creativity in children and help them deal with daily issues of tolerance, self-acceptance, belonging, and self-expression. Topics include loss of love and friendship, jealousy, life changes, and secrets.

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Nine-tenths of the Law: Property and Resistance in the United States
Hannah DobbzAK Press

"Millions of foreclosed homes and abandoned buildings on one hand; millions of Americans desperate for decent shelter on the other. Hannah Dobbz makes the necessary addition of resources and needs in a book that is both a brilliant history of squatting in the USA and a template for the next stage of the Occupy movement.--Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and Buda's Wagon

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Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, The List, and the Spirit of Southern Music
Michael StreissguthDa Capo Press; First Trade Paper Edition edition

In 1973, Rosanne Cash’s father gave her a list of 100 songs that he felt a young musician had to know. Always Been There tells the inside story of the album that, more than thirty-five years later, resulted from that list. Based on original interviews conducted in the studio, on tour, and at home, Always Been There paints an unforgettable portrait of Rosanne Cash confronting music-making in the aftermath of serious brain surgery, a lifelong search for her legacy, and her unique creative partnerships.

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Where Am I Going?: Moving From Religious Tourist to Spiritual Explorer
Michelle Cromer Balboa Press

If we are lucky, there are moments in life when all of a sudden, we can take a step away from whatever it is that consumes our days-whether it's shuttling the kids to soccer, punching in at work, or picking up the dry cleaning-and we see a bigger picture. In these "ah-ha" moments, some of us have taken a hard look at our lives and wondered, this can't really be it, can it? And once we wake up and ask this question, we begin to have an inkling that there is something more, something deeper, more spiritual-that our lives can have meaning. This inspiring story of Michelle's own quest for meaning in her life is a welcome departure from the typical preachy self-help book. Always spiritual, sometimes dangerous, often exotic, her search is a powerful lesson for anyone who also finally asks the Big Questions and begins their own spiritual journey.

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Cinema of Obsession: Erotic Fixation and Love Gone Wrong in the Movies
Dominique MainonLimelight Editions

Cinema of Obsession traces the history of obsessive love and erotic fixation. Seminal works of obsession, The Blue Angel, Peter Ibbetson, and Phantom of the Opera are seen as setting the groundwork for films that follow. The book defines and surveys examples of the explosive nature of amour fou, issues of male control (no matter how tenuous), and the fugitive couple - love on the run - in such films as Romeo and Juliet, Last Tango in Paris, Vertigo, Basic Instinct, and Wild at Heart. Male masochism is explored through film noirs, including Criss Cross, The Killers, Gilda, and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The book shifts gears in its finale and concentrates on the female gaze, films of female obsession: Jane Eyre, The Piano, The Lover, Fatal Attraction, and Vanilla Sky.

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Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Survivor's Founding Member
Jim Peterik, Lisa ToremBenBella Books

It was these words that would set Jim Peterik on the road to rock ’n’ roll immortality. After he and his Survivor bandmates recorded “Eye of the Tiger” for the Rocky III soundtrack, the song would go on to earn a Grammy, an Oscar nomination, reach triple platinum status—and become one of the most recognizable tunes in music history.

But there’s much more to the story of Survivor and its founding member, Jim Peterik, than meets the eye. As one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation, Peterik has cowritten songs with some of the most famous bands and artists of our time, including 38 Special (“Caught Up in You,” “Hold on Loosely”), Sammy Hagar (“Heavy Metal”), The Beach Boys, The Doobie Brothers, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, and many more. Now, for the first time, Peterik is sharing his stories.

Filled with tales from Peterik’s life in rock ’n’ roll, Through the Eye of the Tiger documents his early days of success with The Ides of March (“Vehicle”), through the often torturous power struggles within Survivor, and the giddy highs that accompany a trail of worldwide hits. From going to a party in Led Zeppelin’s hotel room (and turning right back out the door) to escorting a disoriented Janis Joplin back to her hotel room after opening her show in Calgary, Peterik’s accounts will surprise and delight.

Through the Eye of the Tiger is more than just a memoir of a songwriting legend; it’s a classic rock ’n’ roll story told through the eyes of someone who has lived through it all—and through the Eye of the Tiger.

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God Save The Kinks: A Biography
Rob Jovanovic Aurum Press Ltd; PB Reissue edition

The Kinks released their third single in August 1964. After a little-noticed debut and a follow-up that had failed to chart at all, Pye Records were threatening to annul the group's contract. But with its unforgettable distorted guitar riff, "You Really Got Me" went on to reach No.1. Followed by a string of hits, it marked the breakthrough of one of Britain's most innovative and influential bands, and a turning point in the fortunes of two brothers whose troubled story is as tumultuous and characterful as the music they produced: Ray and Dave Davies. Ray and Dave were born into a deeply musical working-class family in London's Muswell Hill, a city recovering from the bombs and privations of the Second World War. More than any other musicians of the Sixties, they crafted the soundtrack that made it swing again. In songs such as "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", "Sunny Afternoon" - which toppled The Beatles to become the hit of Summer 1966 - "Waterloo Sunset", Days" and "Lola", they drew on music hall, folk and rhythm and blues to craft a peculiarly English pop idiom, inspiring generations of songwriters from David Bowie to Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn. Poked by sibling rivalry, furious on-stage violence, walkouts, overdoses, a career-throttling ban from the US, gross self-indulgence, and the band's curious rebirth as Eighties stadium rockers, the story laid bare in God Save The Kinks is one of the greatest in British pop history.

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Issue # 445
Book Review
I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax
Scott IanDa Capo Press

Ian tells his life story with a clear-eyed honesty that spares no one, least of all himself, starting with his upbringing as a nerdy Jewish boy in Queens and evolving through his first musical epiphany when he saw KISS live on television and realized what he wanted to do with his life. He chronicles his adolescence growing up in a dysfunctional home where the records blasting on his stereo failed to drown out the sound of his parents shouting at one another. He sets down the details of his fateful escape into the turbulent world of heavy metal. And of course he lays bare the complete history of Anthrax—from the band's formation to their present-day reinvigoration—as they wrote and recorded thrash classics like Spreading the Disease, Among the Living, and the top-twenty-charting State of Euphoria.

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Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir
Ron PerlmanDa Capo Press

In Easy Street (the Hard Way), Ron shares his life story, starting with his up-by-your-bootstraps background in New York's Washington Heights. His father, a Swing Era drummer, gave up his dream in order to feed his sons while his mother worked as a municipal clerk. Ron's hard-earned road to Easy Street included bouts of abject poverty, heartbreaking familial episodes, and a long, often uncomfortable struggle for self-acceptance.

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WE, THE ANARCHISTS! A Study of the Iberian Anarchist Federation
Stuart ChristieChristieBooks

Since the official birth of organized anarchism at the Saint Imier Congress of 1872, no anarchist organization has been held up to greater opprobrium or subjected to such gross misrepresentation than the Federación Anarquista Ibérica. Better known by its initials, the FAI, was a group of twentieth-century militants dedicated to keeping Spain’s largest labour union, the CNT, on a revolutionary, anarcho-syndicalist path.
There are two dimensions to Stuart Christie’s indispensable ‘We, The Anarchists!’ The first is descriptive and historical: it outlines the evolution of the organised anarchist movement in Spain and its relationship with the wider labour movement, and, at the same time, it provides some insight into the main ideas that made the Spanish labour movement one of the most revolutionary of modern times.
The second is analytical, as the book addresses —from an anarchist perspective—the problem of understanding and coping with change in the contemporary world; how can ideals survive the process of institutionalisation?
Stuart Christie’s analysis covers the history of Spanish anarchism and the Spanish Civil War, the affinity group organisation of the FAI, and the misreadings and outright lies told about the FAI in numerous popular and academic accounts of the period. ‘We, The Anarchists!’ Also provides lessons relevant to today's neutered labour movement.

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The Exit Man
Greg LevinWhite Rock Press

Suicide should come with a warning label: “Do not try this alone.” If you truly need out and want the job done right, you should consider using an outside expert. Like Eli. Eli Edelmann never intended on making a living through mercy killing. After reluctantly taking over his family’s party supply store following his father’s death, he is approached by a terminally ill family friend who’s had enough. The friend, a retired policeman, has an intricate plan involving something Eli has ready access to – helium. Eli is initially shocked and repulsed by the proposal, but soon begins to soften his stance and, after much deliberation, eventually agrees to lend a hand. It was supposed to be a one-time thing. How could Eli have known euthanasia was his true calling? And how long can he keep his daring underground “exit” operation going before the police or his volatile new girlfriend get wise?

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