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The Best Of Buddy Holly: The Millennium Collection

Rock and roll legend Buddy Holly had his share of hits and achieved stardom, but his importance transcends any sales figures or even the particulars of any one song he wrote or recorded. Holly was unique, his legendary status and his impact on popular music all the more extraordinary for having been achieved in barely 18 months.

Superfly / Curtis Mayfield

The choice of Curtis Mayfield to score the blaxploitation film “Super Fly” was an inspired one. No other artist in popular music knew so well, and expressed through his music so naturally, the shades of gray inherent in contemporary inner-city life. Hit singles off this classic include “Superfly” and “Freddie’s Dead.”

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: An Architectural Appreciation

Stephen Hoban’s book celebrates architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s crowning achievement with reflections by prominent architects, historians and critics, and supplemented with a half-century of photographs.

Empires of Light - Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World

In the final decades of the 19th century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age — Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse — battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. Historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, death and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires.

The Complete RCA Victor Recordings - Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie’s contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie was also one of the key founders of Afro-Cuban (or Latin) jazz, who utilized complex poly-rhythms early on. The leader of two of the finest big bands in jazz history, Gillespie differed from many in the bop generation by being a masterful showman who could make his music accessible and fun to audiences.

Wishful Drinking

After four hit novels, Carrie Fisher comes clean with the crazy truth about her life in this memoir. Adapted from her one-woman stage show, Fisher uses “Wishful Drinking” to reveal what it was like to grow up a product of “Hollywood in-breeding,” come of age on the set of “Star Wars,” and become a cultural icon and bestselling action figure at the age of 19.

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