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Hysteria

Def Leppard’s meticulously crafted rock masterpiece infused with elements of pop, new wave, glam, and even rap, “Hysteria” turned into one of the defining albums of the ’80s, certified 12x platinum by the RIAA and named the No. 25 biggest album ever on the Billboard 200 chart in 2015. The album spawned an extraordinary seven hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Very Best of The Doors

The Doors were among the most important bands of the ’60s and have transcended into the 21st century with their magic and mystique intact.  In just five short years, from 1967 to 1971, they released six studio albums with Jim Morrison that went beyond rock and roll to touch on blues, folk, flamenco, crooner ballads, pop hits and poetry.

The National Basketball League: A History, 1935-1949

The NBA has gained global popularity with its high-flying stars and slam-dunking giants, but the early professional hoops game was played below the rim. This book provides the first history of the National Basketball League, which held court from the mid-1930s until its merger with the Basketball Association of America in 1949.

Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504

Renowned historian and biographer Laurence Bergreen sheds light on the complex motivations and historical circumstances that shaped explorer Christopher Columbus’ life, and the inquisitive, stubborn and supremely self-assured nature that led him to sail to the end of the world and beyond

The Classics/Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett cut his teeth singing in front of the toughest of audiences as a teenage Army band performer entertaining hardened troops stationed in Europe during World War II. To this day, he has carried the determination and gusto he learned back then through an epic career as America’s consummate crooner.

Trading Places

The fun begins when the rich and greedy Duke Brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) wager a bet over whether born loser Valentine (Eddie Murphy) could become as successful as the priggish Winthorpe (Dan Aykroyd) if circumstances were reversed. Directed by John Landis.