Issue # 441
Book Review
How to play the Harmonica: and other life lessons
Sam BarryGibbs Smith

Filled with ideas for how to liven up your life, How to Play the Harmonica is the perfect companion for keeping you happy. Lost your dog? Call him home with a shrill whistle on your harmonica. Bored at work? Impress your colleagues with your witty banter and new thoughts on life. Tired of cooking? Throw in the apron and head out for Chinese . . . in Beijing. With the harmonica as his guide, Sam Barry leads the way to higher sense of self and fun.

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The Secret Policeman's Ball--USA
Peter LuffLily Sobhani, Kit Hawkins, Al Maccuish, Beth Earl, Aaron GroskyEagle Rock

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Amnesty International*the Secret Policeman's Ball was staged in the USA for the first time at New York's famous Radio City Music Hall. With a history dating back to 1979*the Secret Policeman's Ball has always gathered the best comedy and musical talent to use wit and humor to raise both funds and awareness for the vital work that Amnesty International does to prick the conscience of governments around the world.

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Dream Theater: Live at Luna Park
Dream TheaterEagle RockEagle Rock

Dream Theater began their mammoth A Dramatic Tour Of Events world trek in July 2011 with the final leg in South America taking place in August 2012. It was here at the Luna Park arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina that they decided to film the two nights that go to make up this DVD release. It was Dream Theater's first tour with new drummer Mike Mangini and all the tracks from their first album together A Dramatic Turn Of Events are included in either the main show or the bonus performances. Dream Theater are rock s supreme virtuosos with many awards to their name and here in concert they bring all the power and drama of their music to life with breathtaking performances of classic tracks from across their career.

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Status Quo:Back2sq.1
Kenny Kerner And Richie WiseEagle Rock/ EarMusic

When the original line-up of Status Quo reunited for a 9-date UK tour in March of this year, the outpouring of approval and raw emotion from the fans was incredible.  Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghloan received a rapturous response, the band clicked straight back into their groove, the chemistry obvious, the music stunning and the volume almost overpowering.

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Saga:Spin it Again!--Live in Munich
SagaBob RockEar Music/Eagle Rock

One of the most underrated progressive rock bands of all time, Canadian act Saga show here on their latest live set Spin It Again! Live in Munich just how lethal a band they still are, now 35+ years into their career. This live concert, filmed in Munich, Germany at the end of their tour for the studio album 20/20 (also available as a 2CD set with the full show), highlights the return of vocalist Michael Sadler to the band, who left for 5 years before rejoining, finding the pull of Saga impossible to resist. Germany happens to be the bands home away from home, as the country has perhaps their most rabid fanbase, and you can see and feel the love throughout this 19 song set between Saga and the audience.

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Issue # 440
Book Review
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Selling your Crafts
Chris Franchetti MichaelsAlpha Books

This straightforward book walks you through the process of preparing your goods for sale, pricing and bookkeeping, finding venues, marketing and promoting your products, and working with customers both online and off -- all without quitting your day job. Clear, concise instructions explain everything you need to know to sell crafts effectively in your spare time, and help you decide whether to take selling to the next level. 

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This Fantastic Struggle: The life & Art of Esther Phillips
Lisa A. MilesCreative Arts Book Company

Rarely if ever does the creative artist receive either the recognition or the recompense he deserves and needs. Lisa A. Miles brings this truism to vibrant life in This Fantastic Struggle, the biography of Esther Phillips. Woven together with letters, interviews, scholarly source material, institution documents and art work, this unique cultural essay presents an absorbing glimpse at what it means to be an artist.

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Spinning Plates It's Not What You Cook... It's Why
Joseph LevyJoseph LevyInception media group, LLC

Spinning Plates is a documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. A cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh-best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion. A 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community. A fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are risking everything just to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another.

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Lionhead A Very Fishy Comedy
Thomas RennierThomas RennierGreen Apple entertainment

Frank, an angst-ridden young man, desperately wants to marry his girlfriend, Darlene, against her fathers wishes. When Frank inherits a large sum of money, he decides to buy a ring and propose. Unfortunately, he purchases the ring from Ted, a con artist with a slick pitch and a beautiful wife. Darlenes disapproving parents easily identify the diamond as a worthless fake and encourage Darlene to break off the engagement.

To save his relationship, Frank sets out to confront Ted and opens direct, ill-advised negotiations. In the meantime, Franks lawyer, criminal investigators, the mob, and even the pizza boy get involved in the action. The harder Ted pushes Frank, the more determined Frank is to recoup his money and prove his love to Darlene.

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Angelina Ballerina : Spring Fling
Davis DoiKelly LaffertyLionsgate

Angelina and her friend put some jspring in their step and beat the winter blues by trying different traditions from around the world.  Angelina leaps into action to help Gracia get the credit she deserves and is paired up with AZ to create special posters with lots of school spirit.  Elswhere teamwork blossoms when the girls work with AZ to create a new style of dance so that she can rock 'Mouseling Day'. Spring ahead with Angelina as she enjoys friendship, laughter and dance in these five, fun-filled adventures!

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Sorority Girls 3D These Girls are Coming at Ya in Red Hot 3D
Fred Olen RayFred Olen Ray Infinity/ Retromedia

Peek in on six sexy coeds as they compete for a spot in the hottest sorority on campus in Sorority Girls 3D, pledging DVD – in red hot 3D – June 8 from Infinity Entertainment Group.

In a sizzling game of “Truth or Dare,” pledges are put through their paces by the head of the sorority house (played by vixen Beverly Lynne).  Only the best will pass the test and become one of the elite few allowed to join.  But just what will these ladies do in order to win?

Issue # 439
Book Review
Making a Killing: The Political economy of Animal Rights
Bob Torres/AK Press

"In Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights, Bob Torres takes an important and timely look at the animal rights movement, calling for a synthetic approach to all oppression, human and animal. His analytical framework draws together Marxism, social anarchist theory, and an abolitionist approach to animal rights to provide a timely social analysis that will no doubt have profound effects on the animal rights movement literature."

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Other Lands Have Dreams: From Baghdad to Pekin Prison
Kathy Kelly/AK Press

In the spring of 2004, human rights activist Kathy Kelly, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was sent to Pekin Federal Prison for leading a protest at the School of the Americas. While in prison, Kelly’s organization, Voices in the Wilderness, was targeted by a US State Department lawsuit charging that Kelly violated US-imposed sanctions when she took humanitarian aid to Iraq during numerous visits over the last five years.

In this fiercely eloquent book, Kelly recounts such trips to Iraq, tells the largely unknown story of the School of the Americas and describes daily life inside a federal prison, where America’s poor are warehoused. Like Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, Kelly’s powerful narrative gives voice to the unheard millions suffering at home and abroad.

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Chomsky on Anarchism
Noam Chomsky/AK Press

We all know what Noam Chomsky is against. His scathing analysis of everything that’s wrong with our society reaches more and more people every day. His brilliant critiques of—among other things—capitalism, imperialism, domestic repression and government propaganda have become mini-publishing industries unto themselves. But, in this flood of publishing and republishing, very little ever gets said about what exactly Chomsky stands for, his own personal politics, his vision of the future.

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Horizontalism Voices of Popular Power in Argentina
Marina Sitrin/AK Press

The popular rebellion that began in December 2001 in Argentina with the IMF melt-down and subsequent capital flight sparked a process of creativity that continues to this day. Different from so many social movements of the past, this rebellion rejects political programs, opting instead to create directly democratic spaces on street corners, in factories, and throughout neighborhoods. Many have come to call this new social relationship, “horizontalidad.”

Horizontalism is an oral history of the exciting transformations taking place since the popular rebellion. It is a story of cooperation, vision, creation and discovery. It is a history told by people in the various autonomous social movements, from the occupied factories, neighborhood assemblies, arts and independent media collectives, to the indigenous communities and unemployed workers movements.

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Cliff Richard "Still Reelin' And A-Rockin' - Live in Sydney"
Cliff RichardBrian KleinEagle Rock Entertainment

Cliff Richard is one of the most successful British singers of all-time with hits throughout his career from the fifties to the present day and global album sales estimated at 250 million. This latest concert film was shot in Sydney, Australia on the ''Still Reelin' And A-Rockin' Tour'' in early 2013. It features classic hits from across Cliff's career with a focus towards earlier material and also mixes in some classic rock 'n' roll songs. Cliff Richard remains a consummate live performer with an energy that belies his age and a voice that remains in as fine a form as ever. This is yet another live show that will delight his legions of fans.

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Bruce Springsteen Springsteen & I
Bruce SpringsteenRidley ScottEagle Rock Entertainment, Black Dog Films and Mr. Wolf

'Springsteen & I' is a unique feature music documentary celebrating a rock 'n' roll icon: Bruce Springsteen. Working with the filmmakers, Springsteen's fans have helped create a film that reflects on their personal insights and experiences to explore what this timeless artist means to them. Their stories are at times touching, at times humorous, at times extraordinary and they all come from the heart. Combined with previously unseen archive footage of performances throughout Springsteen's career, this is a film by the fans and for the fans created with the full support of Bruce Springsteen.

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Move Me Brightly Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday
Justin KreutzmannJustin KreutzmannTri Studios and Eagle Rock Entertainment

Move Me Brightly is a film based around a musical gathering at Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, California to mark what would have been Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday on 3rd August, 2012. The revolving line-up of performers included fellow Grateful Dead members along with many guest artists who joined together to celebrate Jerry Garcia's life and work. The evening's program was originally conceived by film director Justin Kreutzmann, the son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill, and the complete five hour set was webcast live. This film combines live performances from the studio alongside interviews with Jerry Garcia's family members, Grateful Dead bandmates and other musicians who played with or were inspired by him. It is fitting tribute to one of rock music's most creative and imaginative composers and performers.

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George Thorogood & The Destroyers Live at Montreux 2013
George Thorogood & The DestroyersDelaware Destroyers, Terry ManningEagle Rock Entertainment

2013 live release from the Blues Rock guitarist. George Thorogood is an American icon. In a career that stretches back to the mid-70's, he and his band The Destroyers have released 16 studio albums with worldwide sales in excess of 15 million. 2013 saw George & The Destroyers make their long-overdue debut at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival. Performing at an event that had previously played host to many of their musical heroes inspired the band to produce one of their finest performances on a set list that stretched back to their 1977 debut album right up to recent releases.

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Issue # 438
Book Review
The Biography
Parke PuterbaughDa Capo Press, Perseus Books Groop

Drawing upon nearly fifteen years of exclusive interviews with the members of Phish, veteran music journalist Parke Puterbaugh examines the colorful chemistry that inspired the wildly popular rock group to push their four-man experiment to the limit. An intimate and fascinating portrait, Phish: The Biography is the definitive story of these Vermont jam-band legends.

 

Great read!  Recommended for all Phish fans

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A History of the 27 Club
Howard SounesDa Capo Press, Perseus Books Group

When singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her London home in 2011, the press inducted her into what Kurt Cobain’s mother named the 27 Club. “Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club,” she said in 1994, after being told that her son, the front man of Nirvana, had committed suicide. “I told him not to….” Kurt’s mom was referring to the extraordinary roll call of iconic stars who died at the same young age. The Big Six are Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison of the Doors, Kurt Cobain and, now, Amy Winehouse. All were talented. All were dissipated. All were 27.

Journalists write about “the curse of the 27 Club” as if there is a supernatural reason for this series of deaths. Others invoke astrology, numerology, and conspiracy theories to explain what has become a modern mystery. In this haunting book, author Howard Sounes conducts the definitive forensic investigation into the lives and deaths of the six most iconic members of the Club, plus another forty-four music industry figures who died at 27, to discover what, apart from coincidence, this phenomenon signifies.

In a grimly fascinating journey through the dark side of the music business over six decades, Sounes uncovers a common story of excess, madness, and self-destruction. The fantasies, half-truths, and mythologies that have become associated with Jones, Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Cobain, and Winehouse are debunked. Instead a clear and compelling narrative emerges, one based on hard facts, that unites these lost souls in both life and death.

 

Great read! Goes into detail of past music artists that passed away at age 27.

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Birth School Metallica Death The Biography, Volume 1
Paul Brannigan and Ian WinwoodDa Capo Press, Perseus Books Group

Birth School Metallica Death is the definitive story of the most significant rock band since Led Zeppelin. Volume 1 covers the band’s formation up to their breakthrough eponymous fifth album, aka “The Black Album.” The intense and sometimes fraught relationship between aloof-yet-simmering singer, chief lyricist, and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield and the outspoken and ambitious drummer Lars Ulrich is the saga’s emotional core. Their earliest years saw the release of three unimpeachable classics—Kill ’Em AllRide the Lightning, and Master of Puppets—genre-defining masterpieces that took hard rock to a new level, both artistically and commercially. During these tumultuous times, the band persevered through line-up changes when guitarist Dave Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammet, and their bass player, the beloved Cliff Burton, was tragically killed in a bus crash while on tour in Europe.

But it was the breakthrough of …And Justice for All that rent the fabric of the mainstream, hitting the top of the charts without benefit of radio airplay or the then-crucial presence on MTV. And finally in 1991, with the release of their fifth studio album, nicknamed “The Black Album,” Metallica hit the next level—five hit singles including their best-known songs “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters”—and their first album atop the Billboard charts.

In Birth School Metallica Death, veteran music journalists and Metallica confidants Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood detail this meteoric rise to international fame in an epic saga of family, community, self-belief, the pursuit of dreams, and music that rocks. Told through first-hand interviews with the band and those closest to them, the story of Metallica’s rise to the mainstream has never been so vividly documented

 

For those that love Metallica read it.  You will learn how they came about and survived.

 

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The Story of Little Feat
Ben Fong-TorresDa Capo Press, Perseus Books Group

The saga of the legendary Los Angeles band Little Feat is one of rock ’n’ roll’s great stories. It was formed by ex-members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention in 1969. Little Feat created groove-heavy music that was an irresistible mix of rock, blues, R&B, country, jazz, soul, and funk.
Fronted by the charismatic but doomed vocalist and brilliant slide guitarist Lowell George, the band recorded such classic studio albums as Sailin’ Shoes and Dixie Chicken, as well as Waiting for Columbus, which many consider to be one of the best live albums of all time.

Acclaimed journalist Ben Fong-Torres—working with Little Feat’s surviving members, their friends, and associates—wrote Willin’ based on hours of brand new interviews with the key players. The result? The first definitive biography of this beloved rock ’n’ roll institution.

If you like a little history on music you might just like this.

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Their Antics Are Growing Old Fast!
Michelle SchumacherEric Radzan and Randle SchumacherGreen Apple Entertainment

Follow actor J Kimball as he researches what it's like to be old for a role in an upcoming movie. When he meets the residents at The Coconuts convalescent home, he quickly discovers that his perceptions of the elderly may be off from today's reality. After being on the wrong end of some pranks, J enlists the help of his Hollywood friends to turn the tides. Mayhem ensues.

 

Great Comedy! Very enjoyable!

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The Snow Queen
Rene PerezPeter Del VechoVertical Entertainment

Snow Queen tells the story of the Snow Queen who blanketed the world in ice, setting out to destroy everything, including the family of the glassmaker Vegard. Fortunately, Vegard and his wife were able to save their daughter Gerda and their son Kai before it was too late. But when Kai was discovered by the Snow Queen's servant, Gerda embarks on a journey across the icy wonderland, facing difficult obstacles and finding new friends on her quest to set Kai free, defeat the Snow Queen and warm the hearts of people everywhere

 

Great Movie for the Entire Family!

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