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  • Jurassic Park

    published December 30, 2010

    Director Steven Spielberg's 1993 film Jurassic Park was based on the book by Michael Crichton about an amusement park filled with... More >>

  • Home Alone

    published December 30, 2010

    Of all the cases of child neglect, no incident is more egregious than the 1990 case of eight-year-old Kevin McCallister in the film Home... More >>

  • Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show

    published December 30, 2010

    In Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show, the beloved cartoon characters team up with human illusionists to recreate magic sequences from... More >>

  • Earth's Wild Ride

    published December 30, 2010

    We’ve so often gazed up at the moon and wondered what’s going on up there, but the tables get turned in the animated planetarium film... More >>

  • Lucio

    published December 23, 2010

    Spanish bricklayer-by-trade Lucio Urtubia spent a lifetime fighting for anti-Franco and anarchist causes — the highlight of which was a 1977... More >>

  • Mobsters, Crime And Jazz: Danny Seraphine's Chicago Story

    published Dec 16, 2010

    Street Player: My Chicago Story By Danny Seraphine Wiley, 304 pp., $24.95. From their 1967 founding to his unceremonious ouster from the group in 1990, Danny Seraphine provided the pounding backbeat ... More >>

  • Apathy For The Devil: Adrift In The Snowblind '70s

    published Dec 15, 2010

    Apathy for the Devil: A 70s Memoir By Nick Kent Da Capo Press, 416 pp., $17.95. While Cameron Crowe's wonderful but fictional Almost Famous told a sanitized story of music-journalist-meets-bands in t... More >>

  • Dio's Last Stand: Heaven & Hell Live In Europe

    published Dec 14, 2010

    Heaven & Hell Neon Nights: 30 Years of Heaven & Hell Live in Europe Eagle Vision, 150 minutes, $14.98. When Black Sabbath 3.0 got together a few years back to record some new material for The Dio Yea... More >>

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    published December 9, 2010

    You knew National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation entered the wider pop culture vernacular when people started referring to suburban... More >>

  • Po Lightnin': <em>Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues</em>
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    Po Lightnin': Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues

    published Dec 01, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues By Alan Govenar Chicago Review Press, 368 pp., $28.95. With the dedication of a state historical marker in the Third Ward where he lived and played, Lightnin' Ho... More >>

  • The Best of the Fest! Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2010

    published December 2, 2010

    The current crop of wide-release children’s movies features a guy with a big blue head voiced by Will Ferrell and a guy with a pointy nose... More >>

  • AC/DC's High Voltage Rock 'N' Roll, In Pictures

    published Nov 26, 2010

    AC/DC: High Voltage Rock 'n' Roll - The Ultimate Illustrated History By Phil Sutcliffe Voyageur Press, 224 pp., $35 A genuine coffee table book on the greatest exports to ever come from Down Under is... More >>

  • Jimi Hendrix, Before He Was Experienced

    published Nov 22, 2010

    Becoming Jimi Hendrix By Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber Da Capo Press, 274 pp., $17.95. While the bulk of most Jimi Hendrix bios detail the post-Are You Experienced? album and Monterey Pop performanc... More >>

  • Becoming Elektra: Stooges, The Doors And Much More

    published Oct 29, 2010

    Becoming Elektra: The True Story of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label By Mick Houghton Jawbone Press, 304 pp., $29.95 While most of today's major record companies are run by men in suits answering... More >>

  • Kings Of Leon: Holy Rock 'N Rollers, Ex-Holy Terrors?

    published Oct 25, 2010

    Holy Rock 'n Rollers: The Story of Kings of Leon By Joel McIver Omnibus Press, 320 pp., $24.95. Just in time the release of their fifth record, Come Around Sundown, comes the second biography (after ... More >>

  • Last Night: Accept And King's X At House Of Blues

    published Oct 14, 2010

    Accept, Kings X House of Blues October 13, 2010 While modern heavy metal is split into so many categories and subsets that you practically need a field guild to tell your headbangers apart, things we... More >>

  • Accept: New Singer, But "Balls To The Wall" As Ever

    published Oct 13, 2010

    Screaming out of Germany like a Teutonic Terror - which also happens to be the name of their current single - Accept spent a lot of years on the road and in the studio before having heavy-metal succes... More >>

  • Before Ray & Dave, Noel & Liam, There Was Don & Phil...

    published Oct 12, 2010

    The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert: Live at the Royal Albert Hall Eagle Vision, 120 minutes, $11.98. Long before the professional pairings of the Robinsons, Gallaghers, Davies or even the Righteous,... More >>

  • "Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship"

    published October 7, 2010

    Ever since Johnny Depp put on some guyliner, pirates have been hot again. But as with the Vikings, the gulf between the Hollywood and historical... More >>

  • Bob Dylan, Still On The Road And Not Looking Back

    published Oct 01, 2010

    Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan 1974-2006 by Clinton Heylin Chicago Review Press, 448 pp., $29.95. Perhaps the world's premier Dylanologist and author of the best bio on the man (Behind th... More >>

  • Friday Night: The Black Crowes At Verizon Wireless Theater

    published Sep 27, 2010

    The Black Crowes Verizon Wireless Theater September 24, 2010 On their sort-of farewell tour before taking a hiatus, the Black Crowes didn't skimp on the musical goods, spending nearly 3 and a half ho... More >>

  • The Black Crowes: Say Goodnight To The Bad Guys

    published Sep 24, 2010

    The Black Crowes need a break. Since their 2005 reformation, the group has toured incessantly (tonight's Verizon show is their fifth Houston stop), released three studio records, one live record, two ... More >>

  • Can't Buy Me Love: Post-Breakup Beatles In A Tangled Web
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    Can't Buy Me Love: Post-Breakup Beatles In A Tangled Web

    published Sep 08, 2010

    You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup By Peter Doggett It says something about the market for books about the Fabs that this is one of many dedicated to the group's breakup, fin... More >>

  • Gerry & The Pacemakers DVD Revisits Classic Mersey Beat
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    Gerry & The Pacemakers DVD Revisits Classic "Mersey Beat"

    published Sep 07, 2010

    Gerry & the Pacemakers It's Gonna Be All Right, 1963-1965 For a while, Gerry & the Pacemakers were the Beatles' main Liverpool rival in terms of popularity with fans and in sweaty clubs like the Cave... More >>

  • Bob Dylan Rolls With The Thunder In <em>Shelter From The Storm</em>
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    Bob Dylan Rolls With The Thunder In Shelter From The Storm

    published Aug 31, 2010

    Shelter from the Storm: Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Years By Sid Griffin Of the many different periods in the career of Bob Dylan, the years 1975-76 were particularly productive on a variety of front... More >>

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