On This Day September 17

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Appetite for Destruction / Guns N' Roses

At a time when pop was dominated by dance music and pop-metal, Guns N’ Roses brought raw, ugly rock & roll crashing back into the charts.

II / Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men’s rich harmonies shine on their second album, and so do their new jack swing grooves.

M*A*S*H (TV Milestones Series)

Few American TV series are as deeply entrenched in twentieth-century popular culture as “M*A*S*H,” a Korean War medical comedy characterized by its dark tone and finesse in tackling serious social and political issues. Author David Scott Diffrient analyzes the series’ contextual issues—such as its creation, reception, and circulation—as well as textual issues like its formal innovations, narrative strategies and themes.

Landscape Turned Red

At the Battle of Antietam, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and Union General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac fight to a standstill along a Maryland creek. More than 3,600 men are killed during the bloodiest day in American history.

The Complete Hank Williams

Hank Williams recorded professionally for about six years and left behind a catalog so emotionally rich and varied that it takes this “complete” collection to fully grasp the depths and range of his talents. Though new radio performances pop up from time to time, this contains all of Williams’ studio work and the radio performances that were known at the time of this release.

The Graduate

Nominated for seven Academy Awards and Winner for Best Directing, this groundbreaking film classic launched the career of two-time Oscar Winner Dustin Hoffman. Co-starring Anne Bancroft.