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Four star-studded books, connected by the glitzy thread we know as Hollywood

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As screenwriter Raymond Chandler once said, “Anyone who doesn’t like Hollywood is either crazy or sober.” The history of Tinseltown as it is known, with all its worship of youth and beauty, is linked to the nation’s history. In some ways, not much has changed since the first silent motion picture was put up on the silver screen at the dawn of the 20th century. Now come four star-studded books, all connected by the glitzy thread we know as Hollywood. Different in theme and tone, each will add some glamour and pizzazz to your reading. In Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood (Harper, October 2014), William J. Mann brings one of the most infamous Hollywood homicide…

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Retronaut: A wild journey aboard a photographic time machine

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H.G. Wells had his time machine, and Doctor Who has his TARDIS, but now comes a book that actually allows you, the reader, to do the time-travelling. The book is Retronaut: the Photographic Time Machine, a collection of 350 images that, in the words of its author, “is about seeing the past through different lenses.” Think of the book as a compilation of the most delightful and astonishing pictures from the massive photo album of our shared worldwide cultural heritage. The photos come from Retronaut.com, a website celebrating some of the most intriguing, amazing and amusing images ever captured on film.  Retronaut (both the book and the website) are the creation of Chris Wild, a British blogger who describes himself…

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Living for summer’s musical moments

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You know that feeling you get at a concert when your soul is singing the lyrics and your heart is playing the beat? You’re praying the music never stops, wishing you could stay in the moment forever. As I am sure you know, you are not alone. Erin Feinberg knows the feeling and so do Neil Peart of Rush and Bruce Springsteen. They have found a way to make it last forever. This familiar musical sensation is creatively shown in Feinberg’s Diehards, a book of black-and-white photos that invites readers on a journey to the spiritual world of live concerts. Including personal essays from Peart and Springsteen, it perfectly illustrates the universal power of a live music show. The combined…

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Woody Guthrie in ruins, the sad fate of the grandfather of American song

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If you heard Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger sing “This Land is Your Land” at President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration, or if you sang it yourself in school as a child, if you’ve heard Bob Dylan sing “Hard Travelin’,” or really heard of Bob Dylan at all, chances are you’re familiar with the work of Woody Guthrie, whether you know it or not. Despite the relative youth of our nation, some things within it are like that — they belong to a secret history that lives in the American subconscious, remembered clearly by only a select few. Woody Guthrie was born in 1912 and spent his childhood in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, spending much of his later life as an…

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