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Assassination Vacation by Sarah VowellAssassination Vacation
Vowell, Sarah
ISBN: 0743260031
"From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to the Dry Tortugas, Sarah Vowell visits locations immortalized and influenced by the spilling of politically important blood, reporting as she goes with her trademark blend of wisecracking humor, remarkable honesty, and thought-provoking criticism. We learn about the jinx that was Robert Todd Lincoln (present at the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley) and witness the politicking that went into the making of the Lincoln Memorial. The resulting narrative is much more than an entertaining and informative travelogue - it is the story of how American death has been manipulated by popular culture, including literature, architecture, sculpture, and - the author's favorite - historical tourism. Though the themes of loss and violence are explored and we make detours to see how the Republican Party became the Republican Party, there are all kinds of lighter diversions along the way into the lives of the three president's and their assassins, including mummies, show tunes, mean-spirited totem poles, and a nineteenth-century biblical sex cult."--BOOK JACKET. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book  by Dr. SeussDr. Seuss's Sleep Book
Seuss, Dr.
ISBN: 039490091X
Illus. in color. " Deliberately calculated to make its readers yawn. No one could resist those zillions of astonishing sleepyheads." --"The New York Times." Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Hitchcock's Notebooks: An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock by Dan AuilerHitchcock's Notebooks: An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock
Auiler, Dan
ISBN: 0380977834
EXCLUSIVE ACCOUNTS OF THE MASTER OF SUSPENSE AT WORK ---- The eleventh-hour improvisations that became classic moments in his films-- The other Psycho film with Robert Bloch (based on an original story by Hitchcock) -- and why the deal fell apart-- The nearly complete "secret" film that Hitchcock shot in New York in the mid-sixties -- and why Universal Studios has let it sit on their shelves for more than thirty years Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood by Mark HarrisPictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
Harris, Mark
ISBN: 9781594201523
"The year is 1963. The studios are churning out westerns, war movies, prudish sex comedies, and overblown historical epics, but audiences whose interests have been piqued by an influx of innovative films from abroad are hungering for something more, something new. At Esquire, two young writers hatch a plan to create a movie treatment that they hope will attract the director Francois Truffaut: the story of the gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Mike Nichols, an improvisatory comedian turned theater director, gets his hands on an obscure first novel called The Graduate and wonders if he's ready to make the jump to Hollywood. Warren Beatty, only twenty-six years old and struggling through a series of flops after the success of Splendor in the Grass, decides to take his career into his own hands, but can't seem to settle on his next move. Dustin Hoffman, sleeping on friends' floors and scrounging for temp work in New York, struggles just to get an off-Broadway audition. Sidney Poitier, after two dozen movies, still yearns for something that seems completely unattainable: a good role. And 20th Century-Fox, on the brink of financial catastrophe, puts all its hopes in a genre - the family musical - that will revitalize the company, and then nearly destroy it again." "Pictures at a Revolution tracks five movies - the milestones Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, the popular hits Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night, and the big-budget disaster Doctor Dolittle - on their five-year journey to Oscar night in the spring of 1968. It follows their fortunes through the last days of the studio system and the first sparks of a cultural upheaval that would launch maverick new stars and directors, topple more than one industry titan from his pedestal, and redefine what American movies could be. In 1967, moviegoers witnessed the arrival of taboo-shattering sex and violence on screen, the debuts of Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway, the return of Katharine Hepburn and the poignant farewell of Spencer Tracy, the audacious risks taken by Warren Beatty, Arthur Penn, Mike Nichols, and Norman Jewison, and Hollywood's agonized attempt to grapple with an incendiary moment in American race relations, with results that would change Sidney Poitier's career forever." "By tracing the gambles, the stumbles, the clashes, and the creative partnerships that produced these five films, Mark Harris captures both the twilight of old Hollywood and the dawn of a new golden age in studio filmmaking. Based on unprecedented access to the actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, and executives whose movies defined the era, as well as a wealth of previously unexplored archival material, Pictures at a Revolution is an utterly original, revealing, and entertaining history of a true cultural watershed."--BOOK JACKET. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester BangsPsychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung
Bangs, Lester
ISBN: 0679720456
Vintage presents the paperback edition of the wild and brilliant writings of Lester Bangs--the most outrageous and popular rock critic of the 1970s--edited and with an introduction by the reigning dean of rack critics, Greil Marcus. Advertising in Rolling Stone and other major publications.


Ace in the Hole  by  Ace in the Hole
Stock Number: ICRCC1705D
When a man is trapped alive in a mine collapse, a self-interested reporter and the townspeople cynically create what we now call a "media circus".
Finding Nemo        by  Finding Nemo
Stock Number: DIS30078D
The fretful Marlin and his young son Nemo become separated from each other in the Great Barrier Reef. Nemo, a clown fish, is unexpectedly taken from his home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist's office overlooking Sydney Harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly fish named Dory, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero.
Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series  by  Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series
Stock Number: UMV34820D
A television show about two cliques of teenagers dealing with life in high school during the 1980s. Covers everything that you remember from high school but would prefer to have forgotten.
Koyaanisqatsi = Life Out of Balance  by  Koyaanisqatsi = Life Out of Balance
Stock Number: MGM1003766D
Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi Indian word meaning crazy life, life in turmoil, life disintegrating, life out of balance (the subtitle for this film), and a state of life that calls for another way of life. This film presents a concert of visual images set to the music of Philip Glass that progresses from purely natural environments to nature as affected by man, and finally to man's own manmade environment that is devoid of nature.
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts  by  When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Stock Number: HBO93973D
Four acts document distinct perspectives on the pivotal events that preceded and followed Katrina's passage through New Orleans, a catastrophe during which the divide between race and class lines has never been more pronounced.


New Magnetic Wonder by Apples in Stereo New Magnetic Wonder
Apples in Stereo
Can you feel it? -- Skyway -- Mellotron 1 -- Energy -- Same old drag -- Joanie don't u worry -- Sunndal song -- Droplet -- Play tough -- Sun is out -- Non-Pythagorean composition 1 -- Hello Lola -- 7 stars -- Mellotron 2 -- Sunday sounds -- Open eyes -- Crimson -- Pre-crimson -- Vocoder ba ba -- Radiation -- Beautiful machine parts 1-2 -- Beautiful machine parts 3-4 -- My pretend -- Non-Pythagorean composition 3.Performer:  Apples In Stereo (Robert Schneider, vocals, guitar, piano, organ, synthesizer, other instruments ; Hilarie Sidney, vocals, drums, percussion, handclaps, guitar ; Eric Allen, bass guitar, backing vocals, echoplex, guitar, handclaps ; John Hill, guitar, phase shift, backing vocals, handclaps) ; additional musicians.
Pet Sounds by Beach Boys Pet Sounds
Beach Boys
Stock Number: EMM994024C
CD: Wouldn't it be nice -- You still believe in me -- That's not me -- Don't talk (put your head on my shoulder) -- I'm waiting for the day -- Let's go away for awhile -- Sloop John B -- God only knows -- I know there's an anwser -- Here today -- I just wasn't made for these times -- Pet sounds -- Caroline, no -- Hand on to your ego (bonus track).DVD: The making of Pet sounds (new edit of 1997 promotional materials) -- Pet stories (new edit of interview material from Brian Wilson presents Pet sounds live in London, 2003) -- Rhythm of life: Sir George Martin & Brian Wilson in the studio -- Original 1966 promotional films: Good vibrations, Sloop John B., Pet sounds -- God only knows (photo gallery) -- Album program in Hi-Res 96 kHz/24-bit PCM stereo -- Album program in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound -- Hang on to your ego in Hi-Res 96 kHz/24-bit PCM mono.Performer:  The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine), vocals ; with accompanying musicians.
What's Going On  by Marvin GayeWhat's Going On
Marvin Gaye
Stock Number: UMM340420C
What's going on -- What's happening brother -- Flyin' high (in the friendly sky) -- Save the children -- God is love -- Mercy mercy me (the ecology) -- Right on -- Wholy holy -- Inner city blues (make me wanna holler).Performer:  Marvin Gaye, vocals ; with vocal and instrumental accompaniment. 
100 Days, 100 Nights  by Sharon Jones100 Days, 100 Nights
Sharon Jones
Includes disc for promotional use only: Binky Griptite's ghetto funk power hour, an hour long mixtape-style compilation that includes highlights from the entire Daptone catalog, with Dap-Kings MC/guitarist Binky Griptite providing commentary between songs.  Contents:  100 days, 100 nights -- Nobody's baby -- Tell me -- Be easy -- When the other foot drops, uncle -- Let them knock -- Something's changed -- Humble me -- Keep on looking -- Answer me.Performer:  Sharon Jones, vocals ; with instrumental accompaniment by the Dap-Kings.
Here Come the 123s  by They Might Be Giants  Here Come the 123s
They Might Be Giants
Stock Number: UMM107840C
CD: Here come the 123s -- Zeroes -- One everything -- Number two -- Triops has three eyes -- Apartment four -- High five! -- The secret life of six -- Seven -- Seven days of the week (I never go to work) -- Figure eight -- Pirate girls nine -- Nine bowls of soup -- Ten Mississippi -- One dozen monkeys -- Eight hundred and thirteen mile car trip -- Infinity -- I can add -- Nonagon -- Even numbers -- Ooh la! Ooh la! -- Heart of the band -- Hot dog! -- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme.DVD: Here comes the 123s -- Zeroes -- One everything -- Number two -- Triops has three eyes -- Apartment four -- High five -- The secret life of six -- Seven -- Seven days of the week (I never go to work) -- Figure eight -- Pirate girls nine -- Nine bowls of soup -- Ten Mississippi -- One dozen monkeys -- Eight hundred and thirteen mile car trip -- I can add -- Nonagon -- Even numbers -- Ooh la! Ooh la! -- Heart of the band -- Hot dog! -- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme.Performer:  They Might Be Giants ; with vocal and instrumental accompaniment.