It was a tense moment in the publisher’s office. Author Lisa Johnson was haggling with her publisher about the subject of her next book. Lisa wanted to call it 108 Rock Star Guitars ($115), while her boss wanted it to be 108 Classical Star Oboes. Fortunately/sadly, there’s never been an oboe star, so Lisa won. And you, dear reader, win as well if you enjoy seeing amazing photos of guitars used by rock legends like Eric Clapton, Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley, and Carlos Santana. It even comes with a black guitar pick printed with one of three holographic foil designs. Maybe one of those designs features an oboe?
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Everybody knows the stories behind Spidey, Cap, and The Hulk, but what about the stories of their creators? Marvel Comics: The Untold Story ($13) might not feature a whole lot of men in tights, but it does feature a lot of men working in tight quarters, under deadlines, and boldly foraging a new path in comics that would eventually turn into the billion-dollar juggernaut it is today. Author Sean Howe digs up Marvel’s history through exhaustively researched and intricately integrated information. We’re betting the book’s plot will also take the hammer to Thor 2‘s storyline.
Media By on Nov 8, 2013
With Twitter now trading on the New York Stock Exchange, what’s next for the little birdie? We’re thinking a movie; though our current working title for it, The Other Social Network: Not A Sequel, But Similar To The Movie That Had That One Nerdy Kid And Justin Timberlake, is a little wordy. But make no mistake, according to Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton ($18.67), there was plenty of juicy stuff involved with Twitter’s beginning, from power-grabs and buddy betrayals, to deciding what shade of blue to make the bird (we’re guessing on that one).
Media By on Nov 7, 2013
Steve Jobs’ ace in the hole for design as Apple began its world-changing iRun? Jony Ive. Ive’s collaboration with Jobs yielded the iMac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone, and earned him global accolades. Now we get to learn more about the man with Leander Kahney, the bestselling author of Inside Steve’s Brain, painting the portrait of this trailblazer. Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products ($12/Kindle, $17/hardcover) might inspire you, or just get you really jealous.
Media By on Nov 5, 2013
So you live in the city, yet you’ve always yearned for the coolest thing to come out of the sticks: moonshine. Don’t ruin your access to public transportation, first-fun films, and solid dining options by moving to the country; just pick up the Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining (Kindle $12, hardcover $16). Penned by the founders of Kings County Distillery, New York City’s first distillery since Prohibition, this 224-page book explores America’s age-old love affair with whiskey and offers a detailed, easy-to-follow guide to safe home distilling, complete with a list of supplies, step-by-step instructions, and helpful pictures, anecdotes, and tips.
Media By on Oct 31, 2013
Daft Punk’s big album this year, Random Access Memories, is about to get even bigger with this behemoth of a box set. Drop $275 on this baby and you’ll score a treasure trove of both media and memorabilia including: a 56 page hardcover photo book of images from the RAM recording sessions and film shoots; special edition 180 gram double vinyl of RAM with gold and silver foil labels; 10” collector’s vinyl containing an extended interview with Giorgio Moroder taken from the original session recordings for the song, “Giorgio by Moroder”; two sets of robot helmet design schematics; and yes, much more.
Media By on Oct 29, 2013
If becoming a wine snob didn’t involve years of pricey research and stuffy parties, perhaps we’d see more guys at our local bars in sweater vests. Finally, we have a fast track. The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert ($14) by Richard Betts helps you learn the basic components of wine — the fruits, the wood, the earth — all through the childlike magic of scratch and sniff. Commit these 16 scents to memory and you’ll be infinitely wine-wiser.
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Remember that song “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you”? Yeah, turns out it wasn’t written about whiskey. That’s why Drink More Whiskey ($15) is a necessary ingredient in your library. This 176-page tome tells all you need to know about this renowned spirit. Covering everything from the unique styles and differences in quality, to the best ways to work whiskey into your daily diet (includes 20 recipes), you’ll never not know enough about what’s going down your gullet again.