Issue # 445
Book Review
Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996
Andrew EarlesVoyageur Press

In Gimme Indie Rock, music journalist Andrew Earles describes 500 essential indie-rock albums released by 308 bands and artists from coast to coast in markets large and small. From giants of the movement (Black Flag, the Minutemen, Mission of Burma, Fugazi, Superchunk, Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, Dinosaur Jr., Big Black, the Pixies), to more obscure bands which nonetheless made their own impacts (Jesus Lizard, Cows, Low, Mercury Rev, Polvo, Squirrel Bait, Karp, Bongwater, Naked Raygun, Sun City Girls, and many others) and scores of artists who still await their proper due (Fly Ashtray, Dumptruck, Truly, Man-Sized Action, Steel Pole Bathtub, godheadSilo, Sorry, Team Dresch, Further, Grifters, World of Pooh, Trumans Water, Malignus Youth, Eggs, and many more), Earles provides an exhaustive album guide to the era. Earles also features those bands that cut their teeth on the indie circuit but graduated to a greater degree of mainstream recognition in the late 1980s and early 1990s (acts like R.E.M., Soul Asylum, Urge Overkill, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, and Nirvana), making Gimme Indie Rock is the definitive manual for the best of American indie music made between 1981 and 1996.

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Live at Montreux 2013
ZZ TopZZ TopEagle Vision Usa

With an unchanged line-up stretching back to 1969 and global album sales in excess of 50 million, ZZ Top continue to delight fans around the world with brilliant live concerts and great music. The band has made a number of visits to Montreux over the years and this concert from the 2013 Festival is undoubtedly one of their finest live performances. The set list blends tracks from early seventies albums such as 'Tres Hombres' and 'Fandango' through their eighties blockbuster period with Eliminator and Afterburner and up to their most recent release and return to their blues roots with 'La Futura'. The middle section of the concert features a jazz-blues tribute to the late Montreux Festival founder Claude Nobs with guest appearances by Mike Flanigin on Hammond Organ and Van Wilks on guitar. ZZ Top, the 'lil' ol' band from Texas , are rocking the blues as strongly as ever!

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Woman in Flames
Robert Van AckerenRobert van Ackeren/ Dieter GeisslerContinental Video

In this Stunning and Shocking Erotic tale ... a middle class German housewife leaves her husband to enters the seedy underworld of call-girl prostitution on her own accord. Not for money but for her own bizarre attempt at freedom. Deals with sexuality, bondage, and taboo relationships.

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Issue # 444
Book Review
San Francisco TAXI
Alex SacKAlex SacK

Dad taught me that a man's worth in life is measured by what he's done for society; well, people need a ride... In a world, where a failed-rock star non-practicing Buddhist turns cabbie author, the streets of San Francisco go Zen with drugs, porn stars and cab schoool. Get lost in the fog as our antihero navigates through a 1st week in the life of a big city cabbie. Detour routes fraught with ethical quandaries, strategic learning curves, and majestic predawn views. Steep hills and bridges abound in... 

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Turn Up the Radio!
Harvey KubernikSanta Monica Press

Featuring hundreds of rare and previously unpublished photographs and images of memorabilia, this collection highlights dozens of iconic bands and musicians, including the Doors, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, CSN, the Monkees, the Rolling Stones, Ike and Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Ritchie Valens, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Thee Midniters, Sonny and Cher, and many others.

The book also digs deep to uncover the studio musicians, background vocalists, songwriters, producers, and engineers who helped propel the Los Angeles rock and pop music scene to such a legendary status, such as Bones Howe, Barney Kessel, B. J. Baker, Merry Clayton, Jack Nitzsche, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Bobby Womack, and Kim Fowley.

Finally, Turn Up the Radio! pays tribute to the DJs who brought the music of Los Angeles to fans throughout Southern California—and, ultimately, the world—including Art Laboe, Dave Hull, the Real Don Steele, and Dave Diamond.

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How to Pick Up a Stripper
Todd StevensThomas Nelson

The most effective way to reach people for Jesus is through servant evangelism—showing God’s love in practical ways. This type of outreach is what Jesus modeled, is culturally relevant, and values people. The goal should be to invite people to take the next step from where they are.

Friendship Community Church, led by Pastor Todd Stevens, has experienced tremendous growth through acts of kindness. The church’s most radical servant evangelism project is Nashville Strip Church, founded by Erin Stevens. Erin’s life changed when God told her to “go feed the strippers.” With home-cooked meals and gift bags, Erin shows dancers that God loves them. How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness includes the story of a dancer who has come to know Christ, left the strip club industry through Erin’s ministry, and is now serving with Erin to reach other strippers.

From feeding the homeless, to Easter egg hunts for special needs children, to ministering in a strip club,How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness provides exciting ideas for showing God’s love in practical ways.

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101st: A-Company
Eli DorseyInception Media Group

Allied special forces stage a daring raid on a Nazi fortress where they are attempting to raise a demon army in 101st: A-Company.
Called on by President Roosevelt, a daring team of special forces soldiers is assembled for a top-secret mission in 1944 Poland where a group of occultist Nazis are building an army of demon-possessed, super soldiers.
Trapped behind enemy lines, with no escape route, the enraged troops are forced to cooperate as they devise a plan to infiltrate the heavily fortified Third Reich lair. There, they must use their unique talents to take down the mad scientist, rescue kidnapped virgins and stop hell from boiling over. 

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The Candelight Concerts Live At Montreux 2013
Kerry EllisBrian MayEagle Rock

The Candlelight Concerts: Live at Montreux 2013 features legendary Queen guitarist Brian May teaming up with musical theater star Kerry Ellis. Performing a collection of songs including the Lieber & Stoller classic "I Who Have Nothing," Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were," and Queen staples like "Somebody to Love," the pair deliver an intimate performance that breathes new life into songs of the past. Though they might seem like an unlikely pair, the combination of May's emotive guitar work and Ellis' stage presence quickly makes it clear that these two belong on-stage together, making for a performance that will appeal to Queen fans and musical lovers alike.

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Snake and Mongoo$e
Wayne HollowayRobin Broidyanchor bay films

The untold story of how Southern California drag racers, Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen combined with corporate giants to change the face of sports and ultimately became the most famous rivalry in racing history.

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Issue # 443
Book Review
The Value of Radical Theory
Wayne Price/AK Press

The Value of Radical Theory achieves two main goals. It explains Marxs economic theory, providing readers with a solid foundation in his critique of capitalism. Prices political insights also offer a framework through which anarchists can understand and use Marx, while remaining anarchists. The result is an insightful primer that sidesteps the typical anarchist vs. Marxist debates. Price presents Marxs theory as an as-yet-unsurpassed explanation of contemporary capitalism, one that will aid in the task of overcoming the market and ushering in an era of collective, participatory control of the economy, inspired by anarchist political and ethical traditions.

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Pacifism as Pathology
Ward Churchill/AK Press

"This extraordinarily important book cuts to the heart of one of the central reasons movements to bring about social and environmental justice always fail. The fundamental question here is: is violence ever an acceptable tool to help bring about social change? This is probably the most important question of our time, yet so often discussions around it fall into clichés and magical thinking: that somehow if we are merely good and nice enough people, the state will stop using its violence to exploit us all. Would that this were true."

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Ancient Gonzo Wisdom
Anita Thompson/Da Capo Press

Bristling with inspired observations and wild anecdotes, this first collection offers a unique insight into the voice and mind of the inimitable Hunter S. Thompson, as recorded in the pages of Playboy, The Paris Review, Esquire, and elsewhere.
Fearless and unsparing, the interviews detail some of the most storied episodes of Thompson’s life: a savage beating at the hands of the Hells Angels, talking football with Nixon on the 1972 Campaign Trail (“the only time in 20 years of listening to the treacherous bastard that I knew he wasn’t lying”), and his unlikely run for sheriff of Aspen. Elsewhere, passionate tirades about journalism, culture, guns, drugs, and the law showcase Thompson’s voice at its fiercest.

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Lou Reed
Lou Reed/David Bowie/Eagle Rock Entertainment

The late Lou Reed's immense influence on Rock 'N' Roll cannot be quantified. Inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame, his time fronting The Velvet Underground and as a solo artist helped create the template of punk rock music and culture. 'Classic Albums: Transformer,' part of Eagle Rock's acclaimed documentary series, explores the creation and recording of Reed's legendary Transformer album through interviews with those involved, archive footage, and meticulous in-studio breakdowns of the songs. 'Live At Montreux' is mostly comprised of songs from his 2000 album Ecstasy, but also includes fan favorites like "Perfect Day" and "Dirty Blvd." On this performance, Reed is backed by his longtime band Mike Rathke (guitar), Tony "Thunder" Smith (drums), and Fernando Saunders (bass).

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The Who Sensation
The Who/Salaam Remi/Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Story of Tommy, a new documentary from Eagle Rock, re-examines the Tommy phenomenon, offering up some surprising new perspectives on the acknowledged classic. The film includes vintage interview and performance footage from the time period, as well as newly conducted interviews with surviving Who members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey (who have each also given the project their official blessing). Music critics like Rolling Stone’s Anthony DeCurtis and other key players like the Who’s late co-manager Chris Stamp and album artwork designer Mike McInnerney are also interviewed.

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Joni Mitchell
Stephanie Bennett/Susan Lacy/Eagle Rock

One of the great talents of her or anyone else's generation gets the royal treatment with this superb two-hour (with bonus material) documentary. It's all here (via interviews, including conversations past and present with Mitchell herself, photos, generous helpings of concert footage, and more): her Saskatchewan childhood, her lovers, her painting, her reunion with the daughter she had left behind at age 19... and, of course, her music, the songs, recordings, and performances, so intensely personal yet so universally accessible, that comprise one of the most extraordinarily original and significant (if not always wildly popular) bodies of work any artist has ever produced. Even true fanatics are likely to find revelations here; the rest of us can simply rejoice in the life and artistry of Joni Mitchell.

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Issue # 442
Book Review
Real Utopia
Chris SpannosAK Press

What if we had direct control over our daily lives? What if society’s defining institutions—those encompassing economics, politics, kinship, culture, community, and ecology—were based not on competition, individual ownership, and coercion, but on self-management, equity, solidarity, and diversity? Real Utopia identifies and obliterates the barriers to an egalitarian, bottom-up society, while convincingly outlining how to build it.

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Everywhere All the Time
Matt HernAK Press

Debates about education often revolve around standardized testing, taxes and funding, teacher certification—everything except how to best help kids develop learning skills. Everywhere All the Time presents an array of historical and contemporary alternatives to traditional schooling, demonstrating that children’s capacity to learn decreases as soon as they enter bureaucratic, institutional facilities

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Mudhoney:
Keith CameronVoyageur Press

Before everybody loved their town, Mudhoney was just an unlikely quartet of Seattle-music-scene knockabouts—two college dropouts, a carpenter, and the best drummer in town. But in 1988, the band’s debut single, “Touch Me I’m Sick,” and subsequent EP, Superfuzz Bigmuff, turned the indie-rock world on its ear and lit the way for the grunge movement that would put Seattle on the map. In Mudhoney: The Sound and the Fury from Seattle, veteran music journalist Keith Cameron recounts stories from founding members Mark Arm, Steve Turner, Dan Peters, and Matt Lukin, as well as current bassist Guy Maddison. Cameron also interviews a large cast of other witnesses to the Mudhoney story, offering insight from Sub Pop label founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, former manager Bob Whittaker, producers Jack Endino and Conrad Uno, and members of bands like Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and Pearl Jam, among others.

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American Bully
Dave RodriguezGreen Apple entertainment

American Bully, starts out as just a typical day in the lives of seven high school students in a town that looks like Anywhere, U.S.A. But when one middle-American teenager - deeply affected by 9/11, terrorism and the war in Iraq - and his friends become involved in an isolated high school altercation, it escalates into a hate crime that shocks the entire nation and sends a small town reeling.

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Thomas & Friends
David BaasBritt Allcroft/David MittonLionsgate

The Island of Sodor is always bustling with activity, yet when the engines try to be "Really Useful" they often find themselves in some messy muddles. James tries to prove he's not afraid of the dark, or too vain to haul smelly fish, but when he pulls the nighttime Kipper Express he gets more than he bargained for. Stephen's need for speed and Salty's need to impress sends them both into some sticky, slippery situations. Hiro shows Diesel that nice engines do finish first and Sir Topham Hatt shows you can't cry over spilled milk - twice. It's full steam ahead for Spills & Thrills on Sodor. Featuring the episodes: Away from the Sea, The Smelly Kipper, No More Mr Nice Engine, Gone Fishing, Thomas' Shortcut and The Afternoon Tea Express.

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Bands on the Run
Charlie MasonEone entertainmentone

This animated release for kids follows the adventures of five musically inclined rubber bands - Roxie, Daisy, Edison, Ray and Amelia, who tumble off of a truck and find themselves on a long trip to the toy store, where they can join their friends as bracelets for children.

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Children Make Terrible Pets...
Peter BrownWeston WoodsScholastic storybook Treasures

Lucy Bear, practicing her twirls, spies a little boy in the woods. Mom warns "Children make terrible pets". "Squeaker", named for his "funny sounds", plays, eats, and naps with Lucy. Until he misbehaves. And vanishes. Who or what makes a good pet?

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Issue # 441
Book Review
Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life's Next Level
Melinda DoolittleZondervan/Harpercollins

Through poignant, often humorous stories, you will discover the secrets to Melinda's success, finding practical help to overcome your own obstacles to achieve the next level in any area of life. Because she was tone deaf as a child, Doolittle's choir director would plead with her to just move her mouth and not let any sound come out. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a contest in the 7th grade and, miraculously, she won. Melinda began to realize that success in life was something bigger than her---or, as she puts it, 'It's beyond me!' She began setting and systematically reaching her goals, such as singing background vocals for her many of her favorite music artists. Then by an amazing turn of events, she burst onto the music scene with her flawless vocal performances on American Idol -- becoming the clear favorite of the show's most difficult judge, Simon Cowell. Beyond Me also provides you a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of one of America's biggest pop culture phenomenon, American Idol, and how she turned that stress-filled environment into a springboard from which she could soar.

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How to Rehearse when there is no Rehearsal: Acting and the Media
Alice Spivak with Robert BlumenfeldAmadeus Press

This practical book on the subject of how to act, based on Ms. Spivak's forty years of acting, coaching, and teaching classes first at Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen's HB Studio, then on her own provides a step-by-step system for analyzing and building a character organically, which can be applied even in the short time an actor has to prepare for auditions and for many television performances.

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Stay Young:10 proven steps to ultimate health
Dr. Walter Gaman, Dr. J. Mark Anderson and Judith GamanGeorge House

Filled with sound advice and individual reflective questions at the end of each chapter, Stay Young 10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health becomes a personal workbook for achieving total health. By following these 10 easy steps the reader will be able to increase their health and turn back the clock. Research backed tips are provided by three highly qualified medical professionals, including two Family Practice Physicians. This easy to read and easy to follow book is a must have for anyone who wants to stay young and healthy. Stay Young is also a great tool for companies looking to reduce health care expenses.

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