Colin's Film and Music Picks 2019

Movies (And Other Things) Cover Image
By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781538730195
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Published: Twelve - October 8th, 2019

Shea Serrano has such a unique style, and Arturo Torres's illustrations match his writing perfectly. All your hypothetical movie questions are analyzed in hilarious detail. It's a perfect book to read aloud with family and friends and use as a jumping-off point for your own film discussion.

Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501175398
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 31st, 2020

You may not remember, or you may not have even been born yet, but 1999 was a huge year for film! Across all genres, the movies released in 1999 reinvented storytelling (Blair Witch Project, Magnolia), revolutionized film-making technology (The Matrix, Being John Malkovich). This book is perfect for anyone enamored with the silver screen.

Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374268091
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 22nd, 2019

The life of Elaine Stritch, star of stage and screen, Broadway icon finally has her story told in this fascinating and illumating book. As with any story about women in entertainment, there's plenty of frustration and male incompetence to deal with, and Elaine Stritch took no prisoners. A great story about an amazing performer.

Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062440525
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Published: Custom House - November 12th, 2019

Karina Longworth - writer and host of the popular podcast You Must Remember This - put an insane amount of work and research into this book and you'll be so grateful that she did. This book is an incredibly timely story about women's roles in the studio era of Hollywood and how much of a part famous recluse Howard Hughes played in it. The stories are insane and the characters are truly stranger than fiction.

The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525435662
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Published: Anchor - April 28th, 2020

Wild stories and wild personalities abound in this book. From Natalie Wood and Anthony Perkins to John Belushi to Lindsay Lohan, the strange personalities temporarily called The Chateau Marmont make this book a must-read for fans of Hollywood eccentricity.

Go All the Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop (Mixtape) Cover Image
By Paul Myers (Editor), S. W. Lauden (Editor), Heather Havrilesky (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781945572784
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Barnacle Book - November 12th, 2019

For the Big Star fan in your life.

Horror Stories: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525511984
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Published: Random House - October 8th, 2019

Finally, a memoir by criminally underrated songwriter and performer Liz Phair. Exile in Guyville is such an influential record and all the biting wit and sly cleverness Liz Phair puts into her lyrics is here in this book.

Face It: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060749583
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 1st, 2019

Debbie Harry is punk royalty. From the dirty rock 'n roll clubs of NYC to the disco scene of the late 70's, Blondie weathered all storms and consistently put out great records. Debbie Harry is an iconic voice and it's such a gift to have her tell her story here in her own words.

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209797
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 3rd, 2019

The story of the punk rock underground that helped bring down the Berlin Wall. Punk kids in Germany fought against the secret police and a fractured and oppressive system to bring revolution to East Germany. For those who enjoy the dismantling of authoritarian regimes and those who just want to read about German punks being German punks.

This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division: The Oral History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780571345373
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Published: Faber & Faber Social - April 23rd, 2019

I didn't know a lot about Joy Division going into this book. I knew I loved the music and I knew the tragic story of Ian Curtis, but this book brings so much of the band's oft-mythologized story to light while still preserving the mystery behind the group.