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Stagger Lee / Lloyd Price

Not entirely content with being a 1950s R&B star on the strength of his immortal New Orleans classic, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” singer Lloyd Price yearned for massive pop acceptance. He found it, too, with a storming rock & roll reading of the ancient blues, “Stagger Lee.”

American Beauty / The Grateful Dead

This 1970 release found the Grateful Dead writing and recording with uncanny economy, creating an album filled with the ringing steel and acoustic guitars of country rock and the lush harmonies and pop arrangements of California folk and psych.

Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire

In a riveting narrative that includes information from newly declassified documents, acclaimed historian Richard B. Frank gives a scrupulously detailed explanation of the critical months leading up to the dropping of the atomic bomb.

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson

During the summer of 1969, Charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff Guinn traces back to Manson’s childhood.

Working Girl

Nominated for six Academy Awards, director Mike Nichols’ witty, romantic look at life in the corporate jungle stars Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill, an ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success. Co-starring Sigourney Weaver and Harrison Ford.

I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston

This is Whitney Houston’s first posthumous album, but with the vast body of work the pop sensation left behind, it likely won’t be the last. In her lifetime, Houston recorded more than 40 chart-toppers. “I Will Always Love You—The Best of Whitney Houston” is much more than the singer’s greatest-hits collection. It is a celebration of her music.