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Never a Dull Moment: 1971 the Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781627793995
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 7th, 2016

Was 1971 really the best year for rock music ever? Hepworth's witty and insightful take may start more arguments than it settles, but it is a must read for fans of Led Zeppelin, Carole King, Marvin Gaye and everyone in between. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley

Alfred Hitchcock

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ISBN: 9780385537414
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 25th, 2016

As the jacket states, this "brief life" Alfred Hitchcock provides the perfect introduction to the complex personal and professional history of the iconic filmmaker. Incidents experienced on the long road from his self-imposed isolation as a child to his status as the most recognized and celebrated movie director in the world provide clues to a mystery that is as fascinating as the stories he explored on the screen. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Everything you could possibly want to know about the "once in a generation" Broadway phenomenon. This handsome book includes the complete libretto from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that interweaves hip-hop music into the story of one of America's Founding Fathers. Lavishly illustrated with production photos. The next best thing to a front row seat. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Dear Mr. You

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ISBN: 9781501107849
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Published: Scribner - June 14th, 2016

Mary-Louise Parker has written an extremely accessible and candid memoir. Taking the form of letters sent to the men who have played pivotal roles in her life, "Dear Mr You" is a far cry from your typical Hollywood tell-all. Parker has the talent of a novelist, and a gift for telling her stories with heart and clarity. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

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ISBN: 9780465049899
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Published: Basic Books - October 6th, 2015

I've read a lot of Star Wars books in my life, both fiction and non-fiction. How Star Wars Conquered the Universe is by far one of the better ones.

I initially balked at the "unofficialness" of the title, as well as the god-awful cover art the book was saddled with upon initial release. I'm glad I ended up taking the plunge into the softcover though, as I ended up loving it.

The author uses the non-sanctioned nature of this work to dig deep into the dramas surrounding the creation and expansion of George Lucas' sci-fi empire. The film was almost doomed from the start, with several studios passing on the project, and constant struggles to keep the young director on budget.

Personal dramas also threatened to derail the series, as principal actors felt the series was "rubbish" and, behind the scenes, Lucas and his wife were headed into a messy divorce.

The book tends to bog down a bit with a bit too much hatred directed at the prequels in its concluding chapters, presenting arguments and platitudes that have been better explored in other scholarly looks at the Star Wars saga.

As a whole though, this is a major contribution to the ever-expanding universe of Star Wars books, and one that most fans will enjoy their time with. While there may not be much in the way of new or relevatory findings, this is a welcome, all-in-one volume. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll

One-Man Band

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ISBN: 9780670024919
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Published: Viking - April 5th, 2016

By 1947, Welles’ marriage to Rita Hayworth was as dead as the box-office receipts for The Lady from Shanghai, their only film together. In the years between that milestone and the release of Chimes at Midnight in 1968, Welles reinvented himself many times over: Television tour guide, magician, stage director, Shakespearean actor. He also wrote, directed, and starred in the brilliant, but much tampered with Touch of Evil. This is a masterful look at one of the most fruitful and fascinating periods in the great man’s tumultuous life. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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