On This Day September 29
1976 – Enjoying a little target practice during his own birthday party, rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shoots his bass player, Norman “Butch” Owens, in the chest. Twice! Owens survives and sues Lewis.
2004 – Keith Moon’s five-piece drum kit, custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sells for £120,000 pounds ($215,772) in London to an American collector, setting a world auction record for a set of drums.
2005 – New York Times reporter Judith Miller is released from a federal detention center after agreeing to testify in the investigation into the leaking of the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Own a Piece of This Day
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Rick Bragg offers this rollicking, incendiary tale of the man who kick-started rock and roll and blazed a fiery trail strewn with heartache, happiness, regret and memorable music. Bragg sat down with Lewis over a period of two years and simply let Lewis tell his own story.
After inviting his “dearly beloved” to the opening frenzy of “Let’s Go Crazy,” Prince leads us on a synth-driven, psycho-sexual odyssey that never lets up. Hits like “When Doves Cry” and the soulful title ballad became pop monuments. But the menacing fantasy of “Darling Nikki” and the pleading desperation of “Baby I’m a Star” give shape to this wildly adventurous and irrepressibly freaky masterpiece.
The Complete Book of Chevrolet Camaro, 2nd Edition
This is a Camaro book like no other, covering the entire production history of Chevrolet’s iconic muscle car, from the original concept car (codenamed ‘Panther’) to the latest and greatest sixth-generation vehicle. Author David Newhardt showcases every model of Camaro since 1967 in stunning detail, using original and GM archival photography as well as insider interviews and technical specifications.
Beyond the Limits: A Woman's Triumph on Everest
Stacy Allison was the first American woman to reach the highest point on Earth. In the face of interpersonal conflicts, grueling training, extreme physical demands and the constant threat of death, and with the personal challenge of leaving an abusive marriage, she achieved her goal. This is her story.
The Essential Gene Autry
Gene Autry, known as “The Singing Cowboy,” defined country music for two generations of listeners. His records sold more than 100 million copies and he earned more than a dozen gold and platinum records, including the first ever certified gold. He is the only entertainer with all five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television, and Live Theatre/performance.
A Mel Brooks classic starring Cleavon Little as the new lawman, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid, Brooks himself as a dim-witted politico and Madeline Kahn in her Marlene Dietrich send-up that earned an Academy Award nomination. All of them give this 1974 sagebrush saga their lunatic best.