Own a Piece of This Day

Shop Here:

The Best Of Kate Smith

Kate Smith

The Best Of Donna Summer: The Millennium Collection

Donna Summer

A World Undone: The Story of the Great War

G. J. Meyer

The Route 66 Photo Road Trip

Rick & Susan Sammon

The Devil Wears Prada

Starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci, and directed by David Frankel

Catch Me If You Can

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken, and directed by Steven Spielberg

Own a Piece of This Day

Shop Here:

Jerry Lee's Greatest / Jerry Lee Lewis

Don’t be confused by the title. This 1961 release isn’t a best-of. It’s Jerry Lee Lewis’s second and final LP for Sun Records. He was much more prolific on the singles end during his Sun tenure. The best-known cut here is his 1957 smash “Great Balls of Fire,” which had never been on an LP before.

The Stranger / Billy Joel

It wasn’t until “The Stranger” that Billy Joel finally hit the Top 10 on both the Billboard album and singles charts. That’s when people started to pay attention. “Just the Way You Are” was the song that rocketed to No. 3, propelled “The Stranger” to No. 2 and made Joel a household name.

The Great Chicago Fire

Authors John Boda and Ray Johnson, both native Chicagoans, are longtime history students and teachers and have pooled their talents and research to present the first book in the “Images of America” series on the Great Chicago Fire — one of the greatest disasters in American history — combining many images with informative explanations and descriptions.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of a labor camp inmate, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain dignity in the face of communist oppression. From Nobel-winning author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Ghostbusters

Ghosts invade New York City and force a trio of “spirit exterminators” to save the city in one of the greatest sci-fi comedies of all time. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver head the all-star cast. Directed by Ivan Reitman.

Saving Private Ryan

Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of World War II’s D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath, in which American soldiers try to save their comrade, paratrooper Private Ryan, who is stationed behind enemy lines. Starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns and Matt Damon.

Own a Piece of This Day

Shop Here:

Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits

More than “Cheap Thrills” or even “Pearl,” “Greatest Hits” has helped keep Janis Joplin’s short-lived recording career alive for listeners who came along after her tragic 1970 death. “Me and Bobby McGee” is the biggest draw, of course — it was a posthumous No. 1 single — but the other tracks are equally captivating.

Queen: Greatest Hits

“Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Will Rock You.” The music of Queen is legendary, and the untimely death of Freddie Mercury ended the colorful life of an immensely gifted showman. For the first time ever, all of Queen’s beloved hits are on one disc along with three bonus tracks: “I’m In Love With My Car,” “Under Pressure” and “Tie Your Mother Down.”

The Carving of Mount Rushmore

Learn about one of the most impressive outdoor sculptures in the world. More than 60 black-and-white photographs offer unique views of this gargantuan effort, and author Rex Alan Smith — a man born and raised within sight of Mount Rushmore — recounts with the sensitivity of a native son the ongoing struggles of sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his workers.

Red Moon Rising

This is the behind-the-scenes story of the fierce battles on Earth that launched the Superpowers into space. Author Matthew Brzezinski takes readers inside the Kremlin, the White House, secret military facilities and the halls of Congress to bring to life the Russians and Americans who feared and distrusted their compatriots as much as their Superpower rivals.

Complete Vampire Chronicles

The hypnotic, deeply seductive novels of Anne Rice have captivated millions of fans around the world. It all began with “Interview with the Vampire.” Now, in one chilling volume, here are the first classic novels of The Vampire Chronicles.”

Bull Durham

Veteran minor league catcher Crash Davis is assigned to the Class A Durham Bulls to handle the team’s star rookie, wild pitcher “Nuke” LaLoosh. Team groupie Annie Savoy romances both players, creating a comic triangle. Starring Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner.

Own a Piece of This Day

Shop Here:

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.

Purple Rain

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.

Blazing Saddles

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.

Own a Piece of This Day

Shop Here:

The Real Buddy Holly Story

This is the definitive video biography of rock ‘n roll legend Buddy Holly. Produced and hosted by former Beatle, Paul McCartney.

Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend

This is the brilliant and heralded biography of one of rock & roll’s most notorious and beloved figures: The Who’s legendary drummer Keith Moon.

Hurricanes! History's Most Destructive Storms

Hurricane Betsy churns across extreme southern Florida en route to Louisiana where it kills 76 people and triggers widespread flooding. She’s the first hurricane to cause more than a billion dollars in damage, earning the nickname “Billion-Dollar Betsy.”

ESPN: The Uncensored History

The sports network ESPN debuts on cable TV.

The Simpsons: Season 1

All 13 episodes of the first season (1989-90) of the “The Simpsons” TV series on 3 discs. Set also includes a host of bonus materials including Matt Groening commentary and the “Some Enchanted Evening” episode that was never aired.

Across the Universe

“Across the Universe,” from director Julie Taymor, is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in the turbulent late-1960s, a time when battle lines were being drawn at home and abroad.

Celebrity Birthdays

Own a Piece of This Day

Shop Here:

Brother Louie / Stories

Though originally helmed by onetime Left Banke mastermind Michael Brown, Stories ironically scored their lone hit, the 1973 chart-topper “Brother Louie,” following Brown’s exit from the lineup.

Born To Run / Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen’s third album was the one that broke it all open for him, planting his tales of Jersey girls, cars and nights spent sleeping on the beach firmly in the Top Five.

The Wizard of Oz

MGM Studios’ classic “The Wizard of Oz,” follows Dorothy and her dog Toto when they are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz.

Journey to the Soviet Union

Samantha Smith, an 11-year-old from Maine, describes her trip to Russia at the invitation of Yuri Andropov after writing him a letter expressing her fears about a nuclear war.

The Joy of Music / Leonard Bernstein

This classic work is perhaps Leonard Bernstein’s finest collection of conversations on the meaning and wonder of music. It is a must for music fans who wish to experience music more fully and deeply through one of the most inspired, and inspiring, music intellects of our time.

Beetlejuice

A couple of nice homebody ghosts, trying to rid their house of afamily of trendsetting human beings, is hell-bent on making their home unlivable — even for the dead. Starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin. Directed by Tim Burton.

Celebrity Birthdays

1769 – French military general/emperor Napolean Bonaparte (d. 1821)

1912 – TV chef and cookbook author Julia Child (d. 2004)

1925 – Actor Mike Connors, most remembered for his role as a detective in the CBS series “Mannix” (d. 2017)

1925 – Grammy-winning jazz pianist-composer Oscar Peterson (d. 2007)

1944 – Journalist, author and former NBC News correspondent Linda Ellerbee 

1946 – Grammy-winning songwriter-composer Jimmy Webb, who penned some of the highest-charting singles of the 20th century, including “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “The Worst That Could Happen,” “All I Know,” “MacArthur Park”

1968 – Actress Debra Messing, best known as Grace Adler in the sitcom “Will & Grace”

1972 – Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor-director-producer Ben Affleck (“Dazed and Confused,” “Chasing Amy,” “Good Will Hunting,”  “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town,” “Argo,” “Gone Girl,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)

1989 – Singer-actor Joe Jonas, who originally performed with the Jonas Brothers before forming the band DNCE (“See No More,” “Just in Love,” “Cake by the Ocean”)

1990 – Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence (“The Bill Engvall Show,” “Winter’s Bone,” “X-Men: First Class,” “The Hunger Games,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” “Joy”)

Own a Piece of This Day

Shop Here:

The Beatles At Shea Stadium

The Beatles’ performance at New York’s Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965 is one of the most exciting and important concert events in the history of popular music. Produced by Sid Bernstein and introduced on stage by television legend Ed Sullivan, John, Paul, George and Ringo played, sang, sweated and laughed for a record crowd of more than 56,000 fans.

Woodstock: Music From the Original Soundtrack and More

This collection topped Billboard’s pop album chart for four weeks, and was a Top 20 R&B album as well. As potent a musical time capsule as ever existed, it captures the three-day, 1969 concert event that united close to half a million members of what came to be known as the ‘Woodstock Generation.’

Never Met a Man I Didn't Like: The Life and Writings of Will Rogers

Will Rogers captivated audiences around the world with sparkling gems of wisdom cloaked in gentle and uproarious country wit and astonishing rope tricks. Here is the story of his remarkable career, from Oklahoma “cowpuncher” to international star, and the warm, knowing and hilarious philosophies of the man embodied the heart and soul of the nation.

Apocalypse Now

Nominated for eight Academy Awards and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. This classic Vietnam War epic stars Martin Sheen as Army Captain Willard, a troubled man sent on a dangerous and mesmerizing odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade American colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost.

Good Will Hunting

The most brilliant mind at America’s top university isn’t a student — he’s the kid who cleans the floors! This triumphant story was nominated for nine Oscars — winning for Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor) and hot newcomers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Best Original Screenplay).

Silver Linings Playbook

Set in a Philadelphia neighborhood, Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper surprised, moved and captivated audiences with his portrayal of Pat Solatano, a man who returns from eight months of enforced time in a mental hospital to put his life back together. Co-starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Own a Piece of This Day

Shop Here:

A Hard Day's Night / The Beatles

This is the movie that captured the astonishing moment when The Beatles officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, this entertaining romp reconceived the movie musical and exerted an enormous influence on the music video.

The Definitive Collection / The Commodores

Renowned for the R&B hits “Just to Be Close to You,” “Easy” and “Brick House,” to name a few, The Commodores were one of the top bands during their long tenure at Motown. The group is credited with seven No. 1 songs and a host of other Top 10 hits on the Billboard charts.

Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond

The man who transformed IBM into the world’s largest computer company reflects on his lifelong partnership with his father and how their management style and shared dedication to excellence united to create a unique corporate culture that became the blueprint for the entire technology boom.

Singer and the Sewing Machine: A Capitalist Romance

Isaac Merritt Singer patented the sewing machine, but his true genius was in the advertising, service with a smile, installment plans, and marketing gimmicks he used to get the sewing machine in homes and sweatshops all over the world. This fascinating and detailed biography provides an insightful and provocative look at the American entrepreneur.

Adventures in the Screen Trade

No one knows the writer’s Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of “Marathon Man,” “Tinsel,” “Boys and Girls Together” and other novels, Goldman takes you into Hollywood’s inner sanctums.

Neck and Neck / Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins

You can practically see the smiles exchanged between Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins as they trade licks on this 1990 collaboration. These two guitar giants meet as peers and friends, finding common ground in a mutual love of old-time country, classic pop and vintage jazz.

Own a Piece of This Day

Shop Here:

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.