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161. The Peacemakers: Arms And Adventure In The American West
by R. L. Wilson, Peter Beard, Susan Einstein, Douglas Sandberg
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Asin: 0785818928
Catlog: Book (2004-06-30)
Publisher: Chartwell Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A unique pictorial celebration of the West, lavishly illustrated and unsurpassed in its authenticity: a collector's item for anyone interested in America's Colorful past. From the Lewis and Clark Expedition to today's Western films and videos, here are the arms and adventures who made the Colt, the Winchester, and many oilier marques into American legends. Over 300 color plates, and over 200 black-and-white photos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best book on Old West guns
This book is one of the most beatiful I have seen. If you like cowboy guns, buy this book. The extraordinary amount of information provided on the text is surpassed only by the quality and variety of the pictures. The book is divided in chapters coverring all aspects of the life during the period, and gives special details on guns of famous men. It is a great source for all cowboy shooters and gun collectors.

5-0 out of 5 stars heroes and villians galore...
...not to mention scouts, indians, showmen, shootists, etc. I can't say enough good things about this book, or any other book by R.L. Wilson. Wilson is the official company historian for Colt, and has written many excellent titles including, but not limited to: "Colt: an American Legend"; "Steel Canvas: the Art of American Arms"; "Winchester: an American Legend", etc. Wilson covers any topic in a thorough, intelligent and entertaining fashion. Like all Wilson's books, "Peacemakers" includes a profusion of beautiful color plates. Highly, highly recommended. ... Read more

162. Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits
by Jason Salzman
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Catlog: Book (2003-07)
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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Written for activists, nonprofit organizations, or any concerned citizen, Making the News explains how to combine creativity with nuts-and-bolts media skills to score news coverage for important issues or nonprofit causes.

At a time when more and more people are becoming activists, this thoroughly revised and updated edition of Making the News explains how to generate news coverage of any important issue or nonprofit cause - and to do so within a reasonable budget. Based on interviews with professional journalists and media-savvy activists, this easy-to-use handbook describes how to stage media events, write distinctive news releases, contact reporters, deliver soundbites, and much more. Now including the latest information about online media coverage - including news Web sites, viral e-mail, and more - this new edition will also insure a media edge in the Internet age. The handbook's expanded sections on aggressive tactics, including extensive tips on how to create newsworthy visual imagery, provides everything needed to transform standard media events into spectacles that reporters won't ignore. ... Read more

163. Elvgren: His Life & Art
by Max Allan Collins, Drake Elvgren
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Asin: 1888054050
Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: Collectors Pr
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Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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This 1998 Editor's Choice Award winner of the Independent Publishing Association quickly sold-out the first printing of 10,000.It is a lively biography on American pin-up artist Gillette Elvgren, a commercial advertising artist of the WWII era.Told by the son of the artist, included are art techniques, pin-up paintings and a behind the scenes personal view of this legendary artist who inspired servicemen worldwide. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Most comprehensive collection of Elvgren'w work
This fabulous volume is surely the most comprehensive collection of Gil Elvgren's work ever assembled in book form. It should go far to establish Elvgren, along with Petty and Vargas, as a master of the American pin-up.

The biographical information is complete and well written including Elvgren's personal, commercial and artistic endeavors. The information on his associations with other pin-up artists of the time is especially interesting.

The importance of Elvgren's models is emphasized, although he painted from photos rather than the live model. In many cases the model's photo and finished painting are side by side showing Elvgren's ability to capture form and expression.

The book includes about 200 of Elvgren's paintings in vibrant full color and covers his advertising work for Coca-Cola and others as well as his famous calendar pin-ups. It is a great source for the pin-up fan, or art historian.

3-0 out of 5 stars Elvgren is Great, This Book is Not
As an artist and long-time admirer of Gillette Elvgren's illustrations and pinups, I was thrilled to discover this book because until recently, there has been so little published about him. It's interesting to see the photographs he worked from alongside the paintings he executed from them. It's very annoying, however, that so many of the reference photos are "flopped" (turned in the opposite direction from the painting). Why they did this makes no sense, because you can't compare them. Also, the captions are centered rather than justified. The book gives the impression that amateurs put it together. It doesn't do justice to the great illustrations that Elvgren produced.

3-0 out of 5 stars Elvgren Was Great, This Book Isn't
Gillette Elvgren was the best pinup artist, so any opportunity to see his work is welcomed. However, this book is disappointing: it looks like it was designed by amateurs trying too hard to make an artsy coffee table book. From the cover to the flopped photographs to the inane captions, it is irritating to browse through. His work deserves better.

3-0 out of 5 stars Focuses more on models than paintings
I bought this book expecting to see lots of those great Elvgren paintings at a reasonable size. This book however seems to focus more on the models that Elvgren uses for reference rather than the actual paintings. The book is nice but not exactly what i was looking for.

5-0 out of 5 stars outstanding
Excellent presentation of the greatest pinup artist of all time ... Read more

164. Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death
by Susan D. Moeller
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Asin: 0415920973
Catlog: Book (1998-09)
Publisher: Routledge
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In her impassioned new book, Compassion Fatigue, Moeller warns that the American media threatens our ability to understand the world around us. Why do the media cover the world in the way that they do? Are they simply following the marketplace demand for tabloid-style international news? Or are they creating an audience that has seen too much--or too little--to care? Through a series of case studies of the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"--disease, famine, death and war--Moeller investigates how newspapers, newsmagazines and television have covered international crises over the last two decades, identifying the ruts into which the media have fallen and revealing why. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Exposes the Media's Voyeuristic, Shock And Awe Tendencies
"At breakfast and at dinner, we can sharpen our own appetiteswith a plentiful dose of the pornography of war, genocide, destitution and disease."So says one of the first lines in introduction to Compassion Fatigue.With that statement as simultaneously an opener and a teaser of the things to come, Professor Moeller takes the reader on a guided tour of the presentation and commodification of human tragedy and suffering.

Compassion Fatigue tells you the how and the why behind what makes the nightly news, and also reveals why a great many other things do not make the news.While mostly a critique of US based media and journalism, it does reveal the gradual trend towards the 'One World' view of things and events that has come to typify reporting of any sort.

Without intending to do so, the book does much to demonstrate that the media, always locked in competition with other forms of 'programming' for our attention, has resorted to marketing information- current events, as a form of entertainment.In place of in-depth, investigative journalism, we now have soundbites featuring 'talking heads', and the cuter or more obscene the personality (and increasingly both), the better.

Each of the so-called 'Four Horsemen'- war, disease, famine and death, are presented and profiled in turn, with detailed discussion about the mechanics behind their delivery to readers and viewers.This book differs from most critiques of the media because it tells the narrative with the assistance of journalists themselves, in the words of the journalists.

Many people in the media know what they are doing is not only questionable, but in some cases, flat out wrong.However, marketability (how well something will go over with viewers) matters more than anything else.Marketability makes for high ratings, and high ratings in turn makes for fat profits for the parent company.Ergo, the trend towards to self-interested and self-centered journalism, and the tendency to feature celebrity involvement with current events.The latter trend is most pernicious, because it is not necessarily the event, but what they think of it that matters most, as being able to get people's attention is the most important thing, not what's really going on in the world.This in turn is both related to and feeds into the Body Count Syndrome, whereby each tragedy or documented depravity has to be bigger and obscence than the one before it, once again, to get our attention.

Although the book was a bit wearying at points (mostly because of the nine point font of the text), overall the content was top-notch.I especially liked the final chapter, where Professor Moeller compared and contrasted the funerals of Princess Diana and Mother Theresa, both of whom died at the same time.One was tabloid fodder, and the other dedicated her life to bringing a little joy to impoverished and suffering masses of humanity. Yet even in death, one managed to monopolize nearly all media attention for a month, while the other could barely get something less than a one page obituary (even here mostly devoted to how many dignitaries and personalities came to pay their final respects) in TIME magazine.That one observation says a lot about not only the morals and values of the media, but even more about those of us viewers.

The motto of the media should be changed to reflect the sorry state of our times, and should now be: all the news that's (un)fit to print.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good read, but cliche conclusions
Moeller divides her book into six sections; an introduction, a section on media coverage of disease, a chapter on media coverage of famine, a chapter on coverage of assassinations, a chapter on coverage of genocide, and a conclusion. Each section if filled with case studies and alternately amusing and horrifying anecdotes; she recounts, for example, that the editor of one Boston paper said that "the distance from Boston common divided by the number of bodies" decides which stories make the final cut. The book makes a great read (especially relative to the bulk of academic writing), and you'll certainly pick up little tidbits you can later cite in conversations about current events.

The conclusions Moeller draws, however, are cliché. What do you know, the media disproportionately focuses on the US, and most of what we see of Africa and the Middle East is tragedy, so we get a skewed picture. And the media sensationalize everything, and are fond of shallow, sound-bite explanations of complex tragedies. Who would have guessed any of this without reading the book? I also find her conclusions somewhat contradictory; she argues both that excessive coverage of disasters leads to a hardening of the public's sympathies AND that the media need to increase coverage of foreign tragedies. I think she's arguing that the type of coverage needs to be changes - fewer pictures of starving children, more hard-boiled analysis, but her conclusion is so brief she doesn't elaborate much. So while you will probably enjoy the book, and love the stories, I doubt that when you have finished you will feel that you have a better understanding of the American media.

5-0 out of 5 stars Profoundly important and a good read to boot.
Susan Moeller gets right to the heart of the weaknesses of how the American media covers foreign news and the way the American audience percieves it. But she doesn't just paint a picture of the problems -shespells out some constructive and doable means to fix them. As a journalistmyself, I recommended this book to all of my peers -both in the industryand out of it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Holiday Gift
Tired of giving gifts that don't mean anything? Then this book is the perfect gift to give to someone you care about. This book teaches us that we need to look closely at what is being fed to us daily in newspapers, TV,and radio. Ms. Moeller forces us to look at how Americans wants their newsserved to us so we can tolerate it instead of tasting it and trulyunderstanding the complexities. I applaud her bravery in criticizing themainstream press which will certainly not be interested in reviewing orhaving her on as a guest. If you care about the world buy this book andgive it to as many friends as you can.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a very important book.
Criticism of the American press -- broadcast and print -- for its foreigncoverage is hardly new but Professor Moeller does a masterful job ofexposing the causes and the result of this failure.Her work should openthe public's eyes, and, indeed, those of the press itself, to the danger toour democracy if remedy is not forthcoming. -Walter Cronkite ... Read more

165. The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Daytime TV but Didn't Know Where to Look! from American Bandstand, As the World Turns, and Bugs Bunny, to
by Wesley Hyatt, Billboard Books
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Billboard Books
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very well done
For a book that covers so many disparate types of daytime programs (game shows, soap operas, sports, cartoons and kids' shows, and so on), the volume is remarkably accurate, well-written and heavily researched. You'd think the author was an expert on every genre. Maybe he is, but more likely, he just cared enough to get everything right. How refreshing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
This is the must have reference for all you TV buffs. Very interesting reading, not just a boring refernce guide. I read it cover to cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for TV buffs....higly recommended
found the book to be very thorough, reads well. Loved reading about the creation of these great daytime tv shows there casts and from the time they aired to the time they were cancelled ... Read more

166. Lyrics: 1962-2001
by Bob Dylan
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-19)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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This collection contains Bob Dylan's lyrics, from his first album, Bob Dylan, to 2001's "Love and Theft." ... Read more

167. All-American Ads of the 50s
by Jim Heimann
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Asin: 3822811580
Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
Publisher: Taschen
Sales Rank: 18655
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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Second in a series of books featuring advertising by era, All-American Ads of the 50s offers page after page of products that made up the happy-days decade. The start of the cold war spurred a buying frenzy and a craze for new technology that required ad campaigns to match. The nuclear age left its mark all over the advertisements, with a spotlight on planes, rockets, and even mushroom clouds. Shiny, big, beautiful cars abound, styled to keep up with the space age. Editor Jim Heimann, in his essay "From Poodles to Presley, Americans Enter the Atomic Age," explains: "Car designers came up with exaggerated tail fins for automobiles to express this new accelerated speed." Modernist home interiors look slick and shiny with their molded plastic furniture and linoleum floors. While clothing and furniture styles look strangely contemporary--a testament to our current obsession with vintage--some things have definitely changed. A baby sells Marlboro cigarettes! Also included are chapters on movies, food, and travel. --J.P. Cohen ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You are what you eat - or wear - or buy .....
There are many reasons to look backwards. For one, it may help to figure out where one is by looking at where one has been. For another, one might rethink where one is going by looking at the ideals and goals of the past. One might assess societies as a whole in some grand way, such as its military budget or the outcome of elections, but for us common folk, there is no way to tell what is on our minds better than a look at what we are buying. This book is an absolutely fascinating compendium of the culture of the 50's - of our desires, our habits, our values, as told in its advertisements. On one level it is an amusing recollection of what we once thought was cool. On another it is a profound study of the sociology of America in a time of idealism and innocence. I saw many, if not most of these ads myself when they were originally published.

That being said, I must add that the recollection of the feelings I had at that time is not entirely comfortable. On this other level, that of gut feelings, the book can be is a compendium of an appeal to the senses, to a culture of need, of having. One must look pretty deep to find any spiritual values here, and I think that the conspicuous absense of any moral sense is what is most interesting about it. Perhaps the most important lesson to be learned by those of us who look back is that the promises of those who offer us happiness by just one more purchase are really empty. Read this and be nostalgic, amused, reflective, and, just maybe, a little sad.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I would have given this book 5 stars, had it not been for the full page ad in the back for a new Taschen porno book, blech (ditto for the '40s book!). Could definitely do without that. The archived ads are wonderful. A great way to study or teach American culture, and a trip down a graphics memory lane. I hope that a '60s ad book is on the way.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Series
This is an absolutely fabulous series -- I eagerly anticipate the remaining volumes. Certainly they are excellent and enjoyable volumes for people interested in American design and popular culture, but I'm also finding them a great way to start teaching my young daughter about American history. Looking at 1950s liquor ads led to a discussion of Prohibition, which led to a discussion of gangster movies, and why everything in the 50s was trying to look like a rocket while consumer items of the 30s and 40s were rounded and "streamlined..." and so on.

It's a great way for children to realize that clues about history (and the hidden agendas of marketers, for that matter) are everywhere around us, and that while wars and the deeds of the great are part of history, there's more to it than that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, amusing, a bargain at this price
Over a 1000 full color adverts from cake mix to cars to computers. If you're a designer looking for inspiration, a historian looking for insight, a collector looking for the original advert for that piece of 50's kitsch you just bought, or you just like the 50's look, get this book. It's so huge I keep finding new stuff every time I leaf through it. I loved the ads for 1950's office computers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, with just one proviso
On reading quite a bit about this book online before ordering, I was convinced that All American Ads of the 50s so thoroughly matched my interests that it was going to be the last book I would have to buy for a while, and certainly the last book on this subject. --Wouldn't it be nice if life really WAS that simple? This book is the ultimate vault of old ad gold, and one is hesitant to criticize at all. But...

The one thing about All American Ads that really bugs me is the big grainy blowups that fill too many spreads here. The full page ads are joys forever. But jumping back and forth between creamy, crisp, photographically reduced perfection of reproduction on one hand, and overextended, grainy enlargements of detail on the other makes for a somewhat disjoint experience.

This one gripe aside, it is a book you absolutely MUST have if you care about old ads and old popular and sociopolitical culture. ... Read more

168. Complete Guide for Models: Inside Advice from Industry Pros
by Eric Bean, Jenni Bidner
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-05)
Publisher: A Lark Photography Book
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This book delivers candid, specific inside information about how to get
started in
the competitive field of modeling, whether you're male or female or the
parent of a potential child model. The advice comes from those in the know, including successful models and modeling agents, casting directors, magazine editors,
makeup artists, photographers, and health professionals. These experts debunk
myths about the profession and shed light on common scams that plague the
industry. Get the scoop on everything from being discovered to maintaining a
long-lasting career. Go behind the scenes on a New York City fashion shoot to find
out what it's really like. Whether you dream of becoming the next supermodel, or just hope to supplement your income with exciting modeling work, this is the book for you.
Beauty is just one trait of a successful model, find out the other 12 traits, along with important information on the business of modeling, from getting an agent, developing your portfolio, make-up advice, and more. A range of model specialties are covered in detail, including:babies and children, teens, men's division, women's division, runway, commercial, mature and classic, plus sizes, swimsuit, body and fitness, and more. Co-author Eric Bean is a successful fashion photographer in New York City, and has worked with top models and agents for over two decades. Jen Bidner is the author of over a dozen books in related fields.
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169. From Ritual to Theatre: The Human Seriousness of Play (Performance Studies)
by Victor Turner
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170. Flowers in the Dustbin : The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977
by James Miller
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Catlog: Book (1999-08-05)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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It appears that Flowers in the Dustbin author James Miller has just about had his fill of rock & roll. After chronicling a succession of triumphs in the development of the genre and its allied ancestors and offspring, here the veteran music scribe and editor of the superb first edition of The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll surveys an environment tainted by "the Muzak of the Millennium" and "artifacts of stunning ugliness" (exemplified by Marilyn Manson and Wu-Tang Clan). Miller ponders, "What if rock and roll, as it had evolved from Presley to U2, had destroyed the very musical sources of its own vitality?" The erudite yet eminently readable author doesn't answer his query in these pages, but he does prompt a longing for a time when pop culture moved too fast and impulsively to be processed and packaged.

Miller makes it his mission to tell the story of the "explosive growth" of rock & roll by recounting creative and commercial breakthroughs, dating from Wynonie Harris's 1947 recording of the jump-blues hit "Good Rockin' Tonight" through the last-gasp mutiny of the Sex Pistols and the death of Elvis Presley in 1977. In between, the development of top-40 radio begets the payola scandal of the '50s, Norman Mailer's "white Negro" becomes the model in a line of ever-more-self-conscious mavericks, and the 1960s trinity of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan pile remarkable musical and lyrical innovations atop one another like gifted children eager for attention. Once rock had reached its zenith, from the author's perspective, it didn't so much crumble as settle into regurgitated mush. That Miller is able to chronicle these dour developments in such an involving manner is testimony to his talent as a writer and historian, and to the thrill of rock & roll when it's right. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Great history, but stops short of excellence
Miller is a great writer, and he conveys an authority about the history of early rock'n'roll that is impressive, but his authority falls off a cliff when he goes past 1975. He has no time for anything recorded after the death of Presley, which means that he essentially snubs everything in the last generation (or more) of popular music.

Don't be fooled by the subtitle. Even if the book is supposedly about the "rise" of rock music, it is even more about the author's opinion that the music died off as soon as it "peaked." While I can understand the point of view, especially as I get on in years and cringe at most of what I hear on the radio, to imply that rock music died in 1977 is the height of absurdity, not to mention a willful ignorance of history.

4-0 out of 5 stars one wise old guy's view

This whole book is obviously one man's perspective and I didn't agree with all of it, but I respect Miller's choice of emphases and do understand his feeling that rock "died" a long time ago. His is a thesis that is at least internally consistent and does seem to hold together, although admittedly he is free to cherry pick the rock "historical moments" that make it thesis work.

Any reader is going to find points of disagreement here. I always heard that "Rocket 88" was the first real rock song and I had never even heard of Wynonie Harris. I would have thought that the British blues-rock scene would have merited a little more attention. I would have teased the Deadhead readers about the bloated excess of their idols after about 1973.

Most of all I would have given a lot more attention to the downtown New York scene of the mid to late 70s that included the New York Dolls, Neon Boys/Television, the Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Talking Heads and so many other bands and personalities. These people invented punk music and also revitalized rock music. There was an enormous underground music scene throughout the late 70s, through the 80s and into the early 90s wherein music was issued by independent labels, played on college radio stations and listened to in small clubs all around the United States. Different college towns successively took centerstage and one or two of their local bands went richocheting onto the national scene, only to be gobbled up by the corporate music industry (R.E.M. is exhibit A) or to implode as their music-first principles collided with corporate unit-moving "principles" (too many examples to mention).

Where Miller sees one long arcing rise and then an inexorable decline, I see shorter-term cycles. The music industry that we live with right now seems very much like the one that existed between Elvis's induction into the Army and the arrival of the Beatles in the US. Record-making companies hold the reins and one-hit wonders of minimal musical talent make insubstantial music that challenges nothing except perhaps good taste. Miller rightly laments the fragmentation of the once-united youth audience, but it possible that the internet may in the near future allow young people to make an end-run around the corporate shibboleth and "get together one more time".

3-0 out of 5 stars All very interesting but not very rock and roll
All very interesting -- a very interesting look at rock and roll as a musical genre co-opted by "the industry" and ultimately rendered soul-less.Can you really call Elvis, Dylan, the Stones and the Beatles or even the Sex Pistols revolutionary when they are being used to generate billions by the establishment against which they were supposedly rebelling?

Not very rock and roll -- where the hell is Brian Wilson, arguably the greatest writer and producer of rock/pop music of his generation.Pets Sounds gets the one-off treatment in a list with Blonde on Blonde and the Byrds Fifth Dimension.Never mind that a 24 year old kid in California wrote, arranged, recorded and produced this MASTERPIECE by himself (instead of having the wiz, George Martin and his orchestra behind the works like another well known band).

2-0 out of 5 stars Rock died when Elvis did...I didn't know!
This book begins with alternating chapters dealing with the creative and business side of Rock in alternating chapters. While interesting, this dry relating of information is preferable to the idea that very little music ofnote was created after the Sex Pistols, an idea that seems to grow as thebook progresses. Elvis and The Beatles get their due but others whoseimpact was limited to style are favored over true originals. While LittleRichard and Jim Morrisson definitely made an impact, were they true musicalpioneers or was this a case of style over substance? The author is making acase for this concept and the idea of "selling out" is bandiedabout. Were classical composers selling out when they wrote for a fee orcircumstance? I wasn't convinced.

3-0 out of 5 stars More 60's nostalgia...
Although "Flowers in the Dustbin: the Rise of Rock and Roll 1947-1977" uses a quote from the Sex Pistols for it's title, that seems to be the only credit given to the bands of the 70's. This book is yet another aging-boomer nostalgia trip for "when music reallymattered" & seems to think anything released post-Woodstock isworthless.

The author, James Miller, was also responsible for the originaledition of "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock andRoll" as well as the recently televised "History of Rock".His viewpoints haven't noticibly changed or expanded since his previouscritical forays.

Yes, we know how vital the early rock pioneers likeLittle Richard were. Yes, I'm sure the 60's seemed very earth-shaking &cosmic in their implications for those who claim to remember them. But forthose of us who discovered rock when Ziggy & T.Rex exploded out of thedenim-clad, stoned ranks of ...musicians, short shriftis given (as usual) to the cultural significance of glitter &punk.

Let's be honest here: in the overall scheme of modern media Iggy,Bowie, the Pistols, even the Monkees have all had a heck of a lot moreresonance than any of Miller's psychedelic favorites. Really, how can youtake a "cultural history" seriously when it gives many more pagesto Elvis' death than it does to Led Zeppelin? It's not even illustratedwith photos, which is a great loss considering the visual aspect ofrock.

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171. Poker Nation: A High-Stakes, Low-Life Adventure into the Heart of a Gambling Country
by Andy Bellin
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Readers who enjoy poker will love Poker Nation, an energetic and obsessive account of America's favorite card game, told with intelligence and panache. Andy Bellin writes in the first person and from the gut, recounting stories about poker fanatics (himself among them) and dispensing advice on how to play the game: "You have to maximize profits through guile and savvy, eke out every last dollar that your competition is willing to lose to you--and, when you don't have the winning cards, flee as fast as possible." Aphorisms leap off the pages: "The worst hand in poker is the second-best one at the table" and "People say the mark of a con is in the details." Whether readers prefer the anecdotes about double-bluffing and illegal poker clubs or the tips on when to hold and when to fold (there's even a table showing the "Chances of Drawing Helpful Cards from a Deck of Forty-Seven Unknown Cards"), anybody interested in its subject matter will find Poker Nation engrossing. --John Miller ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Life in the eyes of semi-professional poker player
I've read quite a few books about poker and this one is one of the best. You will not find many very valuable insights into the theory of poker (although there are a few that could be useful depending on the reader experience and familiarity with the game). But it really shows in unadorned way a life in semi-professional poker or of somebody in second echelon of professional players. The style of writing with self deprecating irony makes for an easy fun reading on quite serious subject. Every chapter touches a very different aspect of playing serious poker: tells, cheating, poker and realtionships, poker as a game of statictical probabilities, etc. It's difficult to tie such different subjects together but somehow it all provides for logically complete picture. Even the book is not written to be a complete introduction to the game of poker, it gives a very useful overview, including a poker lexicon, so that somebody will not be completely lost while playing for the first time in casino.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book, not just a great poker book
I loved the hell out of this book. There's hundreds of books about poker out there (and I've read a lot of them) but this is not a how to book. This is more of a travelogue through a parellel world filled with unique characters and a memoir of an interesting person with interesting tales to tell. Yes, you'll learn something about the game of poker, some things not to do, others to watch for. But what makes this a great book is that you would enjoy it even if you had never played a game of poker before in your life. Andy Bellin is a great writer, and a great writer can write well on any subject. This is a book that stands on its own terms for its humor and economy of style. I think most readers will have a hard time putting it down.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Book¿Now Get To Playin!!!
This was a very Enjoyable Book. It provided important and useful concepts about the game of Poker. I learned new concepts, which identified some leaks in my game. Leaks in your game can come from anywhere!!! Leaks can originate from lack of aggression, overcalling raises, misreading opponents and any other number of ways. So this book helps. Many people look at poker the wrong way. They think to win they need to do all of this super fancy plays and mindblowing stunts. Well folks...there are not that many options in fold, call or raise. So its really hard to do thinks that will just fool your opponents all the time. To win at poker it is mostly limiting your mistakes and getting all that you can from winning hands and minimizing losses on losing hands...that's it

Ive been playing for about 5 years now and love the game. Ive read many poker books and found this one to be very good. So I would suggest you buy this book and maybe a couple others and get to playing. There's really no excuse anymore - since anyone can access the internet.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable
I read Andy Bellin's inside look at the work of poker in only a few sittings, and enjoyed it thoroughly. The structure is a little odd -- a chapter on poker strategy followed by an anecdotal history, followed by another strategy chapter -- but somehow it works. Bellin is at his best when he shares the lurid history of poker, especially Binion's story. Bellin shares several embarrassing moments from his life and is always humble. An excellent book. ... Read more

172. The Big Show : High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards
by Steve Pond
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When it comes to the Academy Awards®, movie buffs usually have two settings: Oscar fever, and Oscar fatigue. Journalist Steve Pond's book, The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards, is a triumph in that it manages to feed the former while keeping the latter at bay. Pond, a writer for Premiere magazine, was granted unfettered access to the creation and behind-the-curtain world of a decade's worth of Oscar ceremonies (years 1994 to 2004). Until some brilliant reality show producer manages to sneak a camera into the green room, this is as close to an all-access backstage pass as most of us are going to get.

So getting down to brass tacks: the gossip is sort of juicy, though not particularly surprising. Russell Crowe is kind of grumpy. Madonna, told of a last minute change to her musical number, shows that a good diva never takes bad news lying down. Hoop Dreams was robbed (seriously). And ironically, a ceremony that is considered Hollywood's premiere occasion for self-aggrandizement has also tripped up certain careers. (The Uma, Oprah fallout may still be haunting Letterman.) Most of all, The Big Show is a model of efficiency; it summarizes 10 ceremonies in the time it usually takes you to sit through one. --Leah Weathersby ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For every fan of Oscar.
Steve Pond's "The Big Show" belongs on the bookshelf of everyone with any interest in the Academy Awards.
I've read pretty much all the books on the Oscars, and this is one that really doesn't compare to any other. Most of what I was reading here I was hearing for the first time. This books complements every other account of the show, because this is the first book to actually tell the story about the show itself, not the movies or stars.

Trust me when I say you have no idea how incredibly difficult it is to put this television show together. Unless, of course, you've been there.

It's surprisingly well written; it's a easy fast read.

It's gossipy, but pleasantly so, and often funnier than all get out.

My favorite Oscar book is still "Inside Oscar" (the first the second is a bit more vitriolic and less, oh, affectionate...) but THAT book and THIS book are the only ones I will read more than once. "Inside Oscar" gives us an account of the year in film, and then goes through the telecast, followed by events that happened in the weeks to months after the show. Here, you get that crucial few days right before the show, and then all the fascinating details surrounding what you actually saw on TV. They're a perfect fit.

Each chapter is a year, covering the process of putting on the Oscar telecast: how are the seat-fillers handled; who makes those decisions for those horrible dance pieces; how much thought is put into set design (a lot, but not all the time...)...the stories behind the rehearsals I found to be the most interesting of all.

This period covers the switch from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion shows/Shrine shows to the Kodak Theater. Having a permanent "home" now seems like such an obvious idea, but it clearly wasn't.

I discovered things about certain stars that surprised me. I will leave you to discover them, but suffice to say, there's a story involving Celine Dion which made me respect her in ways I would have never imagined (although her music still makes me itch).

I loved the insight into each many things are known about them, yet this book assumes that. It assumes that the reader already has a healthy knowledge about Hollywood and film, and gives you the stuff you probably don't know.

THAT'S why I love this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Inside the Skinny of the Big Show
Okay, are you interested at all in the Academy Awards? If you are, even a glimmer of interest, then this is absolutely the book for you. Steve Pond has a true gift; the ability to witness the inner workings of a fabulous show, and the ability to write about it in an entertaining, fast-paced way.

Steve Pond was granted unprecedented access to the most recent Oscar shows, and reports many findings in The Big Show. He doesn't shy away from sharing his opinions about certain celebrities, and will name names when warranted. Nothing in his book is outright slanderous, most of it is fair reporting of the things that he observed. One thing that surprised me were the amount of Hollywood stars that were smokers.

Pond also painstakingly reports about all of the behind the scene work that goes into the sometimes four-plus hour long production. From the producers endless job of overseeing the masses of people and masses of egos, to the director, who somehow needs to make this marathon visually entertaining, the people behind the scenes get their deserved credit. I shall never watch this show without a now deeper understanding of all of the hours, days, weeks, and months of work it takes to put those hours on my television screen.

I highly recommend this book as an engaging, entertaining read. Here's hoping that Steve Pond finds himself at this year's Oscars, and we get another behind the scenes look at this amazing process.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Notebook
Show biz buffs will enjoy the tidbits and quotes here from Oscar show vets like Marc Shaiman, who provided musical accompaniment for Billy Crystal's medleys before becoming a nominee himself.

But this book is probably best enjoyed as a companion to the two Inside Oscar books (consulted, we learn here, by at least one Academy Awards producer in the last decade).Niether makes the others obsolete, but you get something from each that you don't get from the other.

The experience of reading the Inside Oscar books is like getting good dish from one or two well-informed but bitchy friends as you sit and watch the televised Oscar ceremonies together.Something of an outsiders view, in other words, however compelling (and broader in scope).Because Steve Pond was granted "behind the curtain" access, The Big Show is more like a report from a relative insider, with a notebook open wide and ears open wider.

Being relative, that insider's perspective only goes as far as it goes, however, and one suspects Pond was kept away from, or perhaps sworn to secrecy about, anything really juicy.But there's enough here for Academy Awards viewers to chew on during that boring musical number or endless commercial break.
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173. The goth Bible : A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined
by Nancy Kilpatrick
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What you don't know about goths could fill a book!

An artistic culture that revels in the Victorian romantic movement, The goth Bible brings to light the traditions and history of all that is goth.The goth culture has been one of the most controversial and maligned in media history. Presented as homicidal, suicidal and socio-pathic, in the national consciousness goths are coupled with everyone from Marilyn Mason to the murderers of Columbine.But this is not who the goths are.The goth Bible will help bridge the understanding between goths and non-goths.

From their historical origins as a Germanic tribe in the sixth century who fought along side the Romans against the Huns to their current incarnation as creatures of the night, The goth Bible presents the most complete and broad perspective of this society, culled from hundreds of interviews with bands, artist, designers, and goths from all walks of life.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
As a Goth myself, I expected to know most of the Gothic scene. But I didn't. This book is great, filled with valuable and interesting information, no Goth should be without.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's About Time...However...
I Only wish that it was bigger. More More More. I enjoyed it, being a 30-something goth who has seen and done it all at some point. But still, it is nice to know that there are other people out there that have the same sense of goth humor and choose to live that beautiful and misunderstood lifestyle. Some of it is laughable, some is beautiful, nonetheless several times throughout the book I was reminded of how and why I "became goth" pardon the cliche'...and I reminisced about the wonderful music and people I knew during certain periods of my punk/goth/mod/new-wave/new romantic/artrockbeatnikpagan phases. I wish Nancy Kilpatrick, Voltaire (who wrote the "Oh My Goth" comics and has several cds) and Brandon Neil Ragan (who wrote the gothic cult classic "Grey Garden") would all get together and write the official "GOTH-UMENTARY". They seem like they could pull off the ultimate gothic coffee table book. Anyway, thanks for the cool book

4-0 out of 5 stars Darkly Enchanting
As a goth who lives in a city with no other goth friends, I thankfully have my books, music and movies to keep me sane. This book is one of them.
I am glad for Ms. Kilpatrick in that she created a book in which goths and non-goths could appreciate it, especially in this day and age in which this country tolerates goth people but does not fully accept the lifestyle. In fact, I have noticed more and more books that have been published lately concerning the goth subculture, forcing people to look at us and realize that, although we do dress in black and may not follow the path of normal, we still are people who feel, think, love and hate and laugh sometimes.
The book was researched well and I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that some of the people she interviewed were over the age of 25, especially since I am 30 myself.
Overall, a very good book and a very good attempt at explaining our way of life.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book which by a Goth FOR Goths but hoping to reach others!
This is actually the very first charming Goth book. We have had a few Goth epics in recent years, from my Net-based tome, to Paul Hodkinson's academic study, Gavin Baddeley coming from a Metal perspective, and Dave Thompson rummaging through the eighties. What is unusual here is that Nancy Kilpatrick hasn't any ego-driven agenda, and has actively sought out Goth opinions to decorate each chapter with. 95 Goths answered 125 questions each to form an alternative spine to this work and it makes it a very different book to the rest. Nancy is best known as a Horror writer but she is a Goth, and clearly delighted to be writing the book, as she also wants this book to help others understand Goth.

You get serious contributions on sex/relationships/Fetish/marriage/Goth children/Corporate Goth/Goth homes, Art and Literature (Old and New), and it ends with a chapter on the Future, even if that felt a little skimpy.

Basically, she goes through things that effect Goth life, from clothes to accoutrements, to relationships, religion, cemeteries, architecture, music and all the expected areas, with quotes and photos from her Goths interviews draping pages like curtains, as their comments go down the outer columns to most spreads. Those interviewed within the chapter text tend to be business-related individuals pertinent to the topic in question. So, in the Fashion or Lifestyle sections you have many a Goth contribution, but also meet Morpheus of Siren, R. Hunter Gough of `Gother Than Thou', Fred H. Berger of Propaganda, Terri of Ipso Facto, Natasha of Meltdown, Steven Of Gothic Beauty, Trish & Snooky of Manic Panic, Sonia (Hair Police), AntiSally (Goth Rosary), the Alchemy boys, Batty (Azrael's Accomplice), Mirabai (Tenebrae) Doktor Joy (Pennangalan Dreams), piercer Pierre Black and those lovely X-tra-X people. You can find a proper analyses of Absinthe, then on a similar vein find the weird story of how Michael Marchet finally got Vampire wine onto the market. Out of one area another little bubble will pop, making it a very pleasant read with unexpected dalliances emerging.

The only disappointing part of me was a curious lack ofmusical coverage but Nancy has admitted the music side of thing isn't her strong point. She looked for willing musical contributors and some of what they say is unusual.

Oh Hell, you get Clubs, and zines, net.goth, net habits, comics, gardening, Goth sub-species, and so on. It's a big book, commendably detailed in its travels to the heart of Goth and it is, without doubt, the most naturally jubilant, Goth-friendly, book which has so far been printed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Couldve been better
Ok..I ran out out and bought this book as soon as I heard about it. I love Nancy's fiction books and thought this would be a great Gothic compdeum(sp) of the Gothic History and subculture has has gone on despite the norms stating its a fad.

Alas it was not to be. I wanted interviews from those in the scene..babygoths to eldergoths but what I got was a brief history and a lot of websites I couldve googled for.

I think Nancy had the right idea but I feel the book could have been fleshed out more.

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174. Being Digital
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As the founder of MIT's Media Lab and a popular columnist for Wired, Nicholas Negroponte has amassed a following of dedicated readers. Negroponte's fans will want to get a copy of Being Digital, which is an edited version of the 18 articles he wrote for Wired about "being digital."

Negroponte's text is mostly a history of media technology rather than a set of predictions for future technologies. In the beginning, he describes the evolution of CD-ROMs, multimedia, hypermedia, HDTV (high-definition television), and more. The section on interfaces is informative, offering an up-to-date history on visual interfaces, graphics, virtual reality (VR), holograms, teleconferencing hardware, the mouse and touch-sensitive interfaces, and speech recognition.

In the last chapter and the epilogue, Negroponte offers visionary insight on what "being digital" means for our future. Negroponte praises computers for their educational value but recognizes certain dangers of technological advances, such as increased software and data piracy and huge shifts in our job market that will require workers to transfer their skills to the digital medium. Overall, Being Digital provides an informative history of the rise of technology and some interesting predictions for its future. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Mind Machine Matrix
You're approaching the new millennium, what people are calling the digital age. You are terribly anxious, utterly ignorant. But, somewhere in the air full of technobabble, you also catch the unmistakable whiff of excitement. The excitement of a new state of being.

Nicholas Negroponte's book, Being Digital, fuels that excitement, dispels your ignorance and stills your nervousness, as it unravels, explains and rationalises the digital dimension to modern life. An essential item in the baggage of anyone about to travel the information super-highway, Being Digital is not intimidating, as the future it talks about may seem to some, but exciting, like that very future will be for all.

Beginning with the difference between an atom and a bit, and going on to the far reaches of futuristic multimedia, Negroponte takes you by the hand and makes you understand, appreciate and want to be a part of the inevitable era of the digital. He talks of the change from atoms to bits as being "irrevocable", and "unstoppable", and of a time when information will be "universally accessible." He gushes about your right and left cufflinks or earrings communicating with each other by "low orbiting satellites..." He sees schools changing to "become more like museums and playgrounds for children to assemble ideas and socialize..."

And yet, he stops to introspect on the irony of his book itself being rendered in atoms, and not bits. "So why an old-fashioned book, Negroponte...?" Revealing the basic asceticism that lies at the core of every techno-savant like himself, Negroponte confesses, "Interactive multi-media leaves very little to the imagination...When you read a novel, much of the colour, sound and motion come from you."

In another discussion about fiber versus copper and the future of bandwidth, a concern we all share about being digital, Negroponte asks, "Do we really want or need all those bits?" "New information and entertainment ser! vices are not waiting on fiber to the home; they are waiting on imagination." A welcome assurance that the digital age will still be driven by the power of the human being, that the application will drive the technology, that "being digital" won't mean "not being human".

Negroponte's depth of perception and easy-going style make Being Digital an immensely readable book, a book you are expected to "read yourself into". Prophetic enunciations mingle with child-like flights of fancy (are the two that much different anyway?), difficult theory is made light of with daily ditties, and techno-jargon is the brunt of some intelligent humour ("If prizes were awarded for the best oxymorons, virtual reality would certainly be a winner.").

Among the many predictions that punctuate the book (" I think of myself as an extremist when it comes to predicting and initiating change") Negroponte's statement "In a digital age, the medium is no longer the message" could well be considered the next milestone comment after McLuhan's. "He calls it commingling of bits, where you can experience your newspaper as sound, text and picture too, depending on the way you want it. And what's more, you could even choose your stories, because control will be transferred from the provider to the receiver. "Being digital will change the nature of mass media from a process of pushing bits at people to one of allowing pull at them.)" Though it is devoid of illustrations throughout its 255 pages, Being Digital paints a picture. An indelible, and prophetic picture.

Negroponte has interesting names for his chapters, which nudge you to read on, assured that you will not be bored with technology, but entertained by a scientist who is at once submerged by his subject and detached from it. In one such chapter, called " Place without space", he foresees the post -information age as an age when you could look out of the window in Boston and &quot! ;see the Alps, hear the cowbells and smell the digital manure...". You could also go to work without going to work, and remote controlled surgeries could be a reality (read virtual reality). While Being Digital definitely forebodes the fantastic, it retains a sense of realism, constantly distinguishing between the near term and the longer term. "In the nearer term, however, the brain surgeon will need to be in the same operating theater as the brain..."

It is also aware of the pitfalls of the age it celebrates. In the chapter "Being digital is not enough", Negroponte says, "In the next millennium...we will all be using e-mail, provided we learn some digital decorum" - a stinging summation of the as yet uncivilised online community? Negroponte also likens the Internet to an Austrian ballroom where almost every one of the 400 guests has just learned how to dance!

Being Digital is all about accepting the inevitable. Being optimistic about parts of it, and bemoaning others -"The next decade will see cases of intellectual property abuse and invasion of privacy. We will experience digital vandalism, thievery." Negroponte's view is that the inevitable is not imminent. It is now. "My optimism is not fueled by an anticipated invention...".

For him a state of being digital is almost genetic, and like all things genetic will proliferate, from generation to generation.

This is an important book. Cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary, and humanistic in its appeal, it will be found, if it's not already, on the bookshelves of the digerati (definitely), people in the media, businesses, arts, academia, government and also, strangely, among the rumpled bedclothes of the incurable joystick junkie. Such is the power of prophecy, and simplicity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easily read, thought provoking book on Digital Age
Book Report on Being Digital, by Nicholas Negroponte Nicholas Negroponte is the kind of individual who runs around the world in perpetual Scan mode. He is constantly putting things together in unusual combinations, seeing things that others have not, and inserting ideas that cause one to think, 'Where did he come up with that stuff?' Negroponte is the Director of the Media Lab at MIT. This Lab was founded when I was an undergraduate there, and had the reputation of containing far-out, creative people thinking far-out creative thoughts about the way the world perceives things. Being Digital is a quick read. The ideas inside are explained clearly and succinctly, as if he is talking to an intelligent layperson. (My smart PC just suggested that layperson is spelled wrong and suggests lepers as a good substitute.) This is not dense Stuart Kauffman prose, but more the level of 'Discover' magazine. As such, it is completely accessible. You can read it on a plane and not miss anything, but that does not lessen the quality of his ideas. For example, in discussing how to pack a lot of information into a CD, he mentions that you 'can change the color of the laser from red to blue, thereby shortening the wavelength and increasing the density by a factor of four.' The central thesis of the book can be stated in four words: 'Move bits, not atoms.' Negroponte's considers that bits come in such a nice, portable form that moving them around is an effortless, borderless and unregulated matter. Atoms, on the other hand, require Fedex, trucks and boats, are subject to taxation at border crossings, and take up room in airliner overhead compartments. 'The information superhighway is about the global movement of weightless bits at the speed of light.' When I ran E&Y's campus recruiting program, I developed back trouble from hauling around 40+ pounds of resumes all the time. When colleges began sending resume books on disks, it was wonderful being liberated from what people used to call my hernia kit. About half the book is a summary of how the bit business came to be, and what state it is in today. The second half talks about where all this could be going. Negroponte discusses the 'five paths for information and entertainment to get into the home: satellite, terrestrial broadcast, cable, telephone and packaged media (all those atoms like cassettes, CD-ROM and print).' These face some unwieldy regulation that hampers their utility and physical limits, like bandwidth. Then there is the whole matter of interface design--how you interact with your technology? 'Not only do I not want all the features on my telephone; I don't want to dial the telephone at all. Why can't telephone designers understand that none of us want to dial telephones? We want to reach people on the telephone!' The problem is that human voices are remarkably difficult to interpret by a computer. And humans use so many different languages. Negroponte develops the subject of the 'interface agent', that will be a highly personalized personal computer. 'The best metaphor I can conceive of for a human-computer interface is that of a well-trained English butler. . . . Enough people believe that such interface agents are buildable.' From here, he is into a discussion of what will probably be coming along down the information highway that I found the most exciting part of the book. 'Imagine a computer display of news stories with a knob that, like a volume control, allows you to crank personalization up or down.' He concludes with a list of dangerous things that lie ahead, but ultimately concludes that the digital direction is a very positive one and that humans will be able to solve the social challenges that are involved in increasing digitalization. Negroponte is clearly an optimist, but seems to be a very reality-based one. Some of his ideas: * 'Copyright law is totally out of date. It is a Gutenberg artifact. Since it is a reactive process, it will probably have to break down completely before it is corrected.' * 'Being digital will change the nature of mass media from a process of pushing bits at people to one of allowing people (or their computers) to pull at them. This is a radical change, because our entire concept of media is one of successive layers of filtering, which reduce information and entertainment to a collection of 'top stories' or 'best-sellers' to be thrown at different 'audiences'. . . The information industry will become more of a boutique business . . . but only if the interface between people and their computers improves to the point where talking to your computer is as easy as talking to another human being.' * 'My argument, perhaps arrogant, is that if you have to test something carefully to see the difference it makes, then it is not making enough of a difference in the first place.' * 'The fact that TV Guide has been known to make bigger profits than all four networks combined suggests that the value of information about information can be of greater value than the information itself.' * 'I was in an audience of 1200 people who were asked to start clapping and try to clap in unison. . . within less than two seconds, the room was clapping with a single beat. Try it yourself; even with much smaller groups the result can be startling. The surprise shown by participants brings home how little we understand or even recognize the emergence of coherence from the activity of independent agents.' * 'On-demand information will dominate digital life. We will ask explicitly and implicitly for what we want, when we want it. This will require a radical rethinking of advertiser-supported programming.' * 'I think that videocassette-rental stores will go out of business in less than ten years.' * 'The fax machine is a serious blemish on the information landscape, a step backward, whose ramifications will be felt for a long time.' * The difference between a primitive and an uneducated person? 'Primitive people are not uneducated at all, they simply use different means to convey their knowledge from generation to generation, within a supportive and tightly knit social fabric. By contrast, an uneducated person is the product of a modern society whose fabric has unraveled and whose system is not supportive.' * Why can't UPC codes radiate data, too? *'Most examples of 'intelligent environments' I have seen are missing the ability to sense human presence. Future rooms will know if you . . . just took the dog for a walk. A phone would never ring. If you are not there, it won't ring because you are not there. . . A toaster should not be able to burn toast.' *'The only hazard (to the Web) is government in the form of politicians who want to control it. Usually under the banner of sanitizing the Net for children, people all over the world are trying to censor its contents. Worse, some countries, including the United States, want to make sure there is some means for them to listen into messages, like wiretapping. If that does not give you the willies, it should. Having less than the best security and privacy would be a grave error. Because of its digital nature, the digital world is potentially far more secure than the analog world. But we have to want it to be so. We have to knowingly create a safe digital environment.' Chip Saltsman (

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and both too optimistic at the same time.
As an Information Science minor this book has been mentioned many times and I finally had a chance to read it. Even though it is noe 8 years old it still is very useful, his theory of the change from atoms to bits is revolutionary and with it he has named what has been going on: the move to a more and more digital world, whether we like it or not. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the new digital world.

There is however one major flaw in this book, although he briefly mentions it in the epilogue. What are the broader societal complications? Nergroponte makes it look like our lives will be perfect and easier. I agree in part, but there are some things to be critical of.

Many people in the media seem to be happy with what I would call customized news; you only get the news you want. But what do we want? Doesn't news we hadn't thought of before increase our knowlegde of the world as well? If we only want to read left or rightwing editorials, will we ever understand what the other side thinks? Won't we be molded into a certain way of thinking?

There is a funny part about the digitial sister in law, a computer that knows what you like and can therefore tell you which movie you should see. What about moods? surprises? Won't digital machines tell us what to like this way?

Read it however, even though you might not like it, it's a classic, if only because of its influence.

1-0 out of 5 stars Totally trivial and poorly written
I read this book a few years ago - correction - I read it about half way through and got so disgusted by its triviality of content and terrible prose that I flung it back into my bookcase.
I largely agree with "A reader from Lakewood, CO United States" and can't comprehend why anyone could have a positive opinion about this book.
The book has some significance, be it a very negative one, viz. that its bad, cobbled together content, by, mind you, the man in charge of the MIT Media Lab, symbolizes the typical ignorance of many scientists regarding the historical, socio-cultural context in which new technology should be viewed.
I would recommend a crash course in Lewis Mumford's great ideas, as discussed in Technics and Civilization and the Myth of the Machine, to all students embarking on high-tech research and development.

4-0 out of 5 stars Relevant and interesting
I've read this book about 3 years late! Yet its arguments are as exciting and relevant as they were 3 years ago. This book is NOT really about fancy visions of the future. Rather it is a hard hitting look at the suboptimal thinking and quick-fix utilization of todays technologies; instead of a truly revolutionary approach that is needed.
A simple example is the authors lucid example of a doctor from the 19th Century walking into todays hospitals and being whammed by the advances. But the same cannot be said for a teacher of the 19th century walking into todays classrooms... except for the syllabus. Similar examples abound in the fact that technologies of devices are changing only incrementally to accomodate the bandwidth revolution, but the change needed is a quantum leap, which we are not doing. The author does portray various visions of the future where the full effects of technology would be used, and is clear in pointing out that these are not idle impractical fantasies.
Quite a very good book, and for those looking for a far more cohesive futuristic book bordering on Sci-Fi, a book well worth reading is "Visions" by Michio Kaku. ... Read more

175. Batman Masterpiece Edition: The Caped Crusader's Golden Age
by Les Daniels
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Asin: 0811827828
Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 513778
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Following the success of the Superman Masterpiece Edition comes another nostalgic celebration of the equally popular Batman. Since 1939, this nocturnal super hero has been the tragically orphaned Bruce Wayne by day, and the moody but fearless guardian of Gotham City by night. Our classic boxed set captures the golden age of the Caped Crusader with an exclusive action figure of the early Batman (complete with utility belt, wire-framed cape, and a Batarang); the first-ever facsimile reprint of the first Batman comic book; and a lavishly illustrated, full-color hardcover book by best-selling author Les Daniels detailing Batman's early years. This deluxe boxed set is thoroughly collectible, and a must-have for Batman fans across the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Batman and Robin join forces to fight the Joker and more.
This truly is a masterpiece of a masterpiece of a kind. That didn't make since what so ever but I don't get paid to make since... well acutely I don't get paid at all, I'm just some poor guy who has to much free time. If you excuse me while I mope... why God why? I'm so useless! And alone! Oh sob!!! OK I'm done. Hello I'm Joshua Dave Mathewsband and I'm here to recommend "THE MASTERPIECE EDITION OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF BATMAN"! It's kind of pricey but I got it on sale last year for 20$, but if you do find it, it is well worth the money. It comes with the first Batman comic book (it's a reprint) and three other exciting stories of the worlds most famous detective. Although I should worn you that it is not the first Batman comic you see it's the first Batman comic book. Now it's my turn to boar you some history, you see Detective Comics wanted a man named Bob Kane to make a super hero as big as "SUPERMAN" and he did. His name was "THE BAT-MAN" now "BATMAN"! And he appeared in Detective Comics magazine #27. It was only a little six-paged comic that showed the world a strange man who dresses as a giant bat and fights crime. They put one short comic of The Bat-Man in their magazine once a month. They had made a lot of comics of The Bat-Man until Batmans first comic book ever came out. To read the reprint and more of The Bat-Man as in Detective Comics magazines I sagest you buy "BATMAN ARCHIVES VOLUME 1" it has the first Batman comic and 23 other ones, including the introduction of Robin the boy wonder see my recommendation for that product to learn more. Otherwise get "THE MASTERPEIECE EDITION OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF BATMAN"! or get them both.

5-0 out of 5 stars Honoring the Golden Age of Batman (1939-1954)
In the wake of the success of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns," which revived popularity in the character of Batman and resulted in four blockbuster movies, it is difficult to remember that the original comic book characters. For many, before there was Miller's Dark Knight there was Adam West's campy television Batman. However, the "Batman Masterpiece Edition" celebrates the Golden Age of the Master Detective (1939-1954). The "Batman Masterpiece Edition" consists of an illustrated hardcover book, "The Caped Crusader's Golden Age" by Les Daniels, an accurately sized reprint of the very first "Batman" comic book (not to be confused with the character's debut in "Detective Comics" #27), and a 9-inch action figure of the 1939 Batman that is the least impressive part of this boxed collection (which is now available at a greatly reduced price from its original cost).

"Batman" #1 has a concise 2-page origin story and four Batman stories including two dealing with the Joker, all of which were drawn by creator Bob Kane, who is featured on a "Meet the Artist!" page. There are also a couple of two-page cartoon strips, "Major Bigsbe an' Botts" by Paul Gustavson and "Ginger Snap" by Ted Raye, and a "Fantastic Facts" page that is a second rate version of "Ripley's Believe It or Not." Still, it is fascinating not just to read these Batman stories but also to see what else were put in comic books then.

The book "Batman: The Golden Age" has a very interesting look because it takes panels of old comics and blows them up, as well as having reproductions that are based on lesser condition old comics rather than original art (does Billy Rice know what happened to his old "Batman" comic?). Even if you have read about how Bob Kane came up with the idea for Batman you will appreciate the depth and detail that Les Daniels provides at the beginning of this volume. Every source of inspiration ever mentioned is documented with photographs of pulp covers, movie stills, and such. There are a few complete stories, as well as dozens of other pages and panels, including various advertisements, examples unpublished cover art and the daily strip that ran for a while. Batman at the movies is also part of this informative historical survey, which also provides some nice analysis of the evolution of the Joker's character. The only complaint is that it stops with the Golden Age. The "Batman Masterpiece Edition" is for those who have been fans of the Caped Crusader for decades because of the actual comic books as opposed to being turned on by what they saw on television or at the movies.

5-0 out of 5 stars A look into theDark Knight's history
This boxed set is great reading for comic collectors and caual readers alike. The book gives a lot of information on The Dark Knight's early years and shows us what the creators were thiking when they originally developed the character. In additon. the collector's action figure is a great display or play peice and depicts the golden age version of the character. Unlike the Superman or Wonder Woman MEs, the 9 inch Batman figure is articulated and nicely detaled.he even has a golden age batarang to fling at his "foes"... You won't regret picking this masterpiece up!

3-0 out of 5 stars Would be worth 5 stars if it retailed for less
This is a beautiful, if unnecessarily oversized and pricey, package. It consists of a large reinforced cardboard box containing a softcover reprint of Batman #1, an abbreviated hardcover version of Les Daniels' Batman: The Complete History, and a great 9" Mego-style Batman figure, with cloth outfit and the best head sculpt I've ever seen, recalling his first appearance in Detective Comics. The box lid opens like a book, and the arrangement of the items within is very nice, giving them maximum visibility. This great display, however, causes the box to be about twice the size of what it needs to be. And because of its large size, is it really necessary for it to be priced so high? While it looks impressive, this material is honestly not worth the retail price

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for any Bat-fan
This is truly and exceptional collection for fans of the Dark Knight. The replica original comic is wonderful to read and is beautifully nostalgic. The hardbound Daniels'"Golden Age" is the perfect companion but the standout of the group is the 8" mego-like figure based on the original Bob Kane Batman of detective comics. This is absolutely the best Batman figure ever produced and is incredibly accurate in detail right down to the purple gloves. This certainly is a must have for any true disciple of the Dark Knight ... Read more

176. Icon: A Retrospective by the Grand Master of Fantastic Art
by Frank Frazetta, Arnie Fenner, Cathy Fenner
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Asin: 1887424717
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Underwood Books
Sales Rank: 14588
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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The incredible paintings of Frank Frazetta have brought him worldwide fame, legions of loyal fans, and scores of imitators. His darkly dramatic Conan the Barbarian oils and the equally powerful and erotic compositions for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs have become the ultimate standards of excellence in the fantasy and adventure field. Icon was Franzetta’s first major retrospective in his 55-year career. Lavish full-color reproduction on deluxe art paper showcases over 65 major finished oil paintings, 25 drawings, and other pieces. This new softcover edition contains 32 new pages of additional, never-before-published art and photos. New material includes paintings of Woody Allen and Peter Sellers; concepts of Clint Eastwood for the movie poster to The Gauntlet; original concepts for the Conan book cover paintings; and character drawings for the Broadway production of Li'l Abner. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best Frazetta book ever done!
Certainly one of the 20th century's most influential artists, Frank Frazetta has finally been given the showcase his work deserves. Featuring virtually all of the paintings that made him a legend among artists and fans alike (Conan, Tarzan, et al), "Icon" also includes a stack of previously unpublished and uncollected art, photographs, and some fascinating commentary by Fenner and Frazetta himself. From drawing comics for EC to ghosting "Lil Abner" for Al Capp to painting movie posters for Clint Eastwood, Frank Frazetta has proven again and again that he is one of the most exciting creators in the history of fantasy art. Often imitated, never equaled, Frazetta is the best and "Icon" is a *must have* book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A fabulous collection with never before published work!
Frank Frazetta is by far the greatest fantasy illustrator of the last 50 years. His paintings are fit for the walls of any fine art museum. Icon is a wonderful book containing many of Franks finest and most famous works along with some never before seen art work from the master. This book is a must have for any fan of fantasy art. It contains interviews and information on many of Frazettas paintings with a wonderful insight to Franks life and legendary carear. Well printed and bound Icon will make a great addition to your coffee table. BUY THIS BOOK!

5-0 out of 5 stars How to improve on the original
My last review was much too long. Here's a new take: how do you improve on something as beautiful as the original Icon? Simple. Add more art, and more pages. Fill the pages from one corner to the next with more art. Put it in a sturdy softcover binding and charge less for more. If you don't know who Frank Frazetta is this is your chance to discover a master artist. Add some dazzling images and powerful designs to your bookshelf by buying this book. His work is provacative, emotional, and has an uncompromising impact on those who view it. From the primal strength of his Conan paintings to the erotic beauty of his defiant women, it's the vitality of his art that makes it distinctive.Discover Frank Frazetta with this new book.Rediscover his incredible range if all you have are his old books from the seventies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dinosaurs! Vampires!! Babes!!! Gorillas!!!!
This is a terrific collection of the guy who invented this type of stuff. Flip through these pages and you can't deny that the man draws and paints like no other, no matter how many others draw and paint like him. The glimpses of his early comic work (especially as Al Capp's assistant) are always a treat. The selections from Frazetta's career as a fantasy artist are intelligently chosen and are presented in a meaningful context, and the terrific layout of the book makes it especially pleasant to experience. There are gorillas, dinosaurs, vampires, and female curves aplenty here in Frazetta's matchless palette. Sketches by Frazetta, included throughout, are particularly impressive and add to his already rich credentials as a pure draftsman. The commentary is great. Best of all, this too-brief volume is only one in a very welcome series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Reproductions of Paintings + insightful text!
This is "Icon," which is book one of three, all of which are now available. Even though all three discuss all eras of his life and career, this Icon book is probably the best one to start with, since it shows many of the works that made him famous.

This book has a bunch of the Edgar Rice Burroughs paperback cover paintings, (Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, etc.), and Conan the Barbarian covers, too. The text explains how the Frazetta paintings on the paperback book covers were responsible for outrageously high sales of these paperback books. This is probably what Frazetta is most famous for, these paperback covers that started a trend of sci-fi fantasy paintings that were as brutally dangerous as they are beautifully painted.

This book discusses Frank Frazetta's early childhood art, how he got into illustrating and comic books, comic strip work ghosting Lil' Abner for Al Capp, being wooed by Hollywood stars, doing movie posters during different decades, etc.

All three books discuss the same eras, but with different details and commentary from different friends and associates. There are also plenty of insightful quotes from Frank in all three books, which explain his outlook concerning his artwork and doing business with his artwork over 5 decades.

I remember Frazetta best for his Molly Hatchet album covers, which are both in this "Icon" book, but they are credited to the original paperback covers that they were first commisioned for, so Molly Hatchet is not mentioned.

To me, a kid in the 1970's, Frazetta was recognized as an expert in his own category, but his work was not common to come across. So I am very pleased with all three books in this trilogy, that finally brings most of his career together in three nicely made art books.

All three of these books are very informative and nice additions to any fans personal library. If you like Frazetta at all, then you should be quite pleased with "Icon," "Legacy," and "Testament." ... Read more

177. High on Rebellion: Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City
by Yvonne Sewall Ruskin, Thunders Mouth Press
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Asin: 1560251832
Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Sales Rank: 301915
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars High on this book!!!
Anyone interested in the NYC rock'n'roll scene of the 1960's-'70's should get this book. Warhol's Superstars, the Velvets, Nico, Patti Smith, and so many more all have their place in here! Mickey Ruskin, the owner of Max's, pretty much kept alive 99% of the cities "starving artists" during those times! A lot of popular musicians got their start at Max's, from Bruce Springsteen to Debbie Harry (a former Max's waitress!). If you want to learn more about the "back room" at Max's and all the characters who hung out there, get this book! Lots of entertaining anecdotes from so many different scenesters! Most of these people lived on the edge! Other books I would recommend are "Man Enough To Be a Woman" by Jayne County and "Rebel Heart" by Bebe Buell (they were regulars at Max's as well)!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars An entertaining look at a bygone era
I first read "Please Kill Me" and developed a fascination for this era of American social history. This book describes, through stories and pictures, the various stages of Max's and all the celebrity goings on. Very entertaining, also a high quality edition, of a period of decadence.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved every page of this book
This book was great, excellent pictures and a great tell all of the time. Nothing was held back from this oral history, very detailed and fun. Yvonne Ruskin did a great job, I felt like I knew these people and since I have never been to Max's and now that it is gone it was alot of fun to see what it was like and sad at the same time because I wish I could of been there.

5-0 out of 5 stars As exciting as a night in Max's Backroom
Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin's "High on Rebellion" is a wonderful recreation of Max's era (1965 thru 1981). Filled with hundreds of photographs (by Leee Black Childers, Anton Perich, Billy Name and others) and hundreds of interview quotes, reading it is like a multimedia experience - as exciting as a night in Max's infamous backroom! For those of us lucky enough to have been there, it is a trip back to the center of the maelstrom... Max's was New York's high energy intersection of the art and music world, where up and coming young ones could brush elbows with Warhol, Patti Smith, Bowie, the NY Dolls, et al. Beautifully designed, this book will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the artists, musicians and popular culture of the late sixties and the 1970's. It really is shocking to realize how many young talents succumbed to the excesses of that time, still the book created in me a longing to go back there again! Thanks for a wonderful tribute, Yvonne!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at a lost time and place
I often walk past the site where Max's once stood. Even though I only came to New York about three years ago, I already knew the look of that building from photos. Patti Smith said that when she saw the deli that has taken over there, she cried. I found it sad myself and never even went to Max's. Thanks to this fascinating, touching, and sometimes terrifying book, I feel that I got a small taste of what it must have been like. I do realize, however, that "you really had to be there". Of course, if I had been, I might not be here now. Max's was probably way too fast for a guy like me to handle. I might look back fondly like some of the people in this book or I might have jumped off a building like Andrea Feldman. Pick this book up for a heartfelt examination of what was truly a crossroads for pop culture--a place where the only poeple who felt like freaks were the ones who weren't. ... Read more

178. Where'd You Get Those?New York City's Sneaker Culture:1960-1987
by Bobbito Garcia
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Asin: 1576871797
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Sales Rank: 15037
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The first of it's kind, the lavishly illustrated and remarkably comprehensive, Where'd You Get Those?, is an insider's account that traces New York City sneaker culture back to its earliest days. Describing how a small and dedicated group of sneaker consumers in the 70s and early 80s proved instrumental in establishing current corporate giants like Nike and Adidas, aficionado Bobbito Garcia writes with the exactitude and affection that only a true believer could bring. While chronicling the rise of sneakers through the lean years of the 60s, the bulk of the book examines sneakers released between the golden years of 1970-1987.Information-packed entries for each model include all of the color combinations available, nicknames of particular models, any relevant athlete endorsement, and (often hilarious) running commentary and stories from a rogues' gallery of fanatics who weigh in on the pros and cons of each sneaker. Via ancillary lifestyle chapters like "Arts and Crafts,"(which details the elaborate process of customizing sneakers ) and "The Sock Hop" (which introduces the unfortunates who had their shoes stolen off their feet, and the sneakers junkies who took them), Where'd You Get Those? examines sneaker culture from every angle. The tome even includes a chapter on New York City's playground basketball legends, the real progenitors of "urban marketing," whose athletic prowess inspired kids on the street to adopt their brands. And in a nod to more recent history, a chapter entitled "Future Undergound Classics" recognizes the models released post-1987 that maintain relevance within an increasingly soulless and money-driven industry. The best secret stores to purchase rare joints, the proper way to care for your kicks, the experts' list of the top ten sneakers of all time--it's all here. Everything you ever wanted to know about the production, distribution, and consumption of sneakers during the seminal years of sneaker culture in New York--the city that set the stage for the worldwide dominance of today's sneaker industry. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ah, those were the days...
Reading this book is like travelling in a time machine with an expert guide by your side. Bobbito has done an incredible service to those of us who stepped through our New York childhood and adolescence in the 70s and 80s fixated on our sneakers, especially our basketball sneakers. My wife gave me this book for Christmas and I spent much of the day poring through it, absorbing the photos and reliving experiences I had in many of the sneakers Bobbito included in the book. She didn't understand it, but she appreciated my rapture. It was like seeing pictures of dream images--looking at things I never thought I'd see again, as if they had never existed, with memories of games played in particular sneakers, in particular leagues, in particular gyms and parks, with and against particular players in their particular sneakers, flooding back to me. It also brought back memories of the sneakers that I wanted--the Wilson Batas that my cousin had, the $100 red-on-white Indiana addidas Top Tens, the yellow-on-blue Nike Waffles--and the pain of not having them. If any of this sounds strange, or even pathetic, this book may not be for you, but it will thrill the sneakerholic in your life.

But the fun isn't just in the pictures--Bobbito has assembled a crew of not-so-famous commentators on sneaker and basketball culture in New York City. To his credit, Bobbito has arranged their funny, opinionated observations in a way that makes it seem like you're reading the transcript of a barbershop conversation. This "dialogue" makes up the bulk of the text and is as engaging as the photos.

Lastly, Bobbito's introductions to each section of the book are also valuable for their personal honesty and dead-on social observations. Where'd You Get Those? is no exercise in nostalgia. Instead, Bobbito strikes a perfect balance between testimony and critique, which makes the book a valuable piece of cultural history.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Flat-Out Great Book!
Powerful stuff, if you grew up in/around NYC in the early '70s through the mid-'80s. You'll see all the old faves, beautifully categorized and depicted, with extraordinary and completely appropriate attention to detail. Note that this isn't just a picturebook or catalogue, but rather takes the form of an oral history where the participants are a panel of sneaker fiends from way back (propers to 3rd Bass!) The slang (e.g., grips, quiver, slept-on butters) is incredible and infectious, and prone to misuse by people like me. And the shoes? Can't get enough, from Walter Davis's unique Dr. J's to Sake's green half-shells. Message to Bobbito: I've got 3 pairs of Lendl Comp's on ice, tell your friend!

5-0 out of 5 stars dsdfafdsa
this book is heat. best book on shoes of all time. it is like a dictionary for shoe lovers.

5-0 out of 5 stars back in the day
Long before sneaker contracts were handed out to music stars like Jay Z, 50 Cent, and Nelly with the matched ferocity of those given to sports stars, and basketball shoes were more about function than giving you something cute to wear to your local Wal-Mart, you had New York City Sneaker Culture.
Bobbito Garcia, a Vibe Magazine contributing editor, street ball player and one of the world's most premier sneaker collectors, has chosen to document his obsession and love for one of the origins of the current sneaker phenomenon in his book, "Where'd You Get Those? New York Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987," by compiling testimonies, photographs, and stories on some of the most classic sneaker styles and brands of that era.
Along with the showcasing of timeless sneaker styles like the classic Converse All Star Chuck Taylor, to what Garcia calls "slept on butters" or classics that went unnoticed like the Adidas Achille, and rare gems (limited editions), like the Nike Airship, quotes from collectors such as Mc Serch, Pete Nice, and basketball legend Pee Wee Kirkland, liven up an already exciting book with first hand accounts on what it was to go on the hunt for, style and impress with the perfect shoe.

5-0 out of 5 stars sneakers and new york city basketball
where'd you get those is the best sneaker book of all time capturing the essence and soul of basketball and sneakers in the 60s, 70s and 80s in new york city. anyone under 30 might not be able to understand bobbito's views or why sneakers are so important to life. this book shows how sneakers meant unbelievable status in the street and on the court, which is different from today. the uniqueness and passion that occurred during these years made sneaker fanatics hungry for that next fix. thats why every young and old hip hopper, basketball player or sneaker fanatic need this book. you will never put it down. ... Read more

179. From Altoids to Zima : The Surprising Stories Behind 125 Famous Brand Names
by Evan Morris
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Asin: 0743257979
Catlog: Book (2004-11-09)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 16522
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Ever wondered what the Ms in M&Ms stand for?

If Scotch tape was invented in Scotland?

Why a cereal that contains neither grapes nor nuts is called Grape Nuts?

Who thought Gap was a good name for a clothing store?

From the Adidas we wear to the Volkswagens we drive, the daily lives of Americans are dominated by the manufacturers' trademarks that adorn nearly everything we own. Food, clothes, cars, household furnishings, even cell phones are all chosen by brand name. Yet many of these trademarks and product names pose mysteries.

But not when Evan Morris, creator of the award-winning The Word Detective website, is on the case! In From Altoids to Zima he reveals the fascinating, often wacky stories behind 125 brand names. Organized by product categories -- food and drink; clothing; technology, toys, and assorted bright ideas; cars; and drugs and cosmetics -- the story of each product is told with Morris's trademark wit and humor, complete with sidebars that highlight brand names that have become "genericized" (aspirin); a "What Were They Thinking?" honor roll of strange and often disastrous product names (Edsel); what happens when good brand names go bad (Kool-Aid after the Jonestown mass suicide); and debunked urban legends (the combination of Pop Rocks and soda that was rumored to be lethal). ... Read more

180. Inventing Beauty : A History of the Innovations that Have Made Us Beautiful
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Asin: 0767914511
Catlog: Book (2004-10-05)
Publisher: Broadway
Sales Rank: 10396
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We’ve all heard the legend of a certain Mr. Titslinger, whose clever little harness lifted the female physique to new heights. But what’s the real story behind the invention of the bra? When did silicone injections start to make sense? And while we’re on the topic—where have all the falsies gone? Whose bright idea was it to fashion steel hoop skirts wider than the standard doorway, and what’s the deal with that mini medieval torture device known as the eyelash curler?

In this fascinating, meticulously researched romp through the annals of the beauty industry, The New York Times's columnist Teresa Riordan explores that strange intersection of science, fashion, and business where beauty is engineered. From the bustle boom to the war on wrinkles, from kissproof lipstick to surgical face-lifts, Inventing Beauty reveals how, for centuries, social trends and technological innovations have fueled a nonstop assembly line of gadgets, potions, and contraptions that women have enthusiastically deployed in the quest for feminine flawlessness.

Plumbing the depths of the U.S. Patent Office, the Max Factor archives, and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as such unorthodox sources as the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, Riordan emerges with a compelling, at times hilarious, tale of entrepreneurism run amok. Complete with dozens of photographs, wacky patent diagrams, and too-kitsch-to-be-true vintage advertisements, Inventing Beauty is an enlightening, tongue-in-cheek tour de force.

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