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Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

Author Charles R. Cross vividly recounts the life of Jimi Hendrix, from his difficult childhood and adolescence in Seattle through his incredible rise to celebrity in London’s swinging ’60s. It is the story of an outrageous life — with tales of sex, drugs and excess — while also revealing a man who struggled to accept his role as idol and who privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.

American Fool / John Cougar (Mellencamp)

Though credited to John Cougar, 1982’s “American Fool” marks the moment when John Mellencamp began to assert his true identity as an artist. This is a scrappy version of classic rock ‘n’ roll, built around storytelling lyrics and guitar-centered tunes that harkened back to Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero

Authors Tom Clavin and Danny Peary chronicle the life and career of baseball’s “natural home run king” in the first definitive biography of Roger Maris —including a brand-new chapter to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his record breaking season.

Johnny Carson: King of Late Night

Explore the life and career of “The Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson — seen by more people than anyone else in U.S. history — through unprecedented access to Carson’s personal and professional archives.

The Odd Couple

A comedic classic from the mind of Neil Simon. Jack Lemmon plays fussy Felix, fastidious to a fault. He proves that cleanliness is next to insanity. Walter Matthau is Oscar, who wreaks havoc on a tidy room with the speed and thoroughness of a tornado.

Victor/Victoria

From director Blake Edwards. Out-of-work singer Julie Andrews conspires with Robert Preston to pose as a female impersonator in order to get work on the Paris cabaret circuit.

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Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me / Mac Davis

At his commercial peak in the mid-1970s, Mac Davis was one of America’s most popular entertainers, a “countrypolitan”-styled singer and actor who found considerable success in both fields. He also wrote music for artists like Glen Campbell, Bobby Goldsboro, Lou Rawls and Kenny Rogers & the First Edition

Milli Vanilli: Greatest Hits

Nearly a decade after Boney M called it quits, the man behind the band, Frank Farian, put together a musically similar duo that became more successful (and infamous) than anyone expected. This collection features the most popular tracks from Milli Vanilli, whose recordings are now out of print in the U.S. and yet in high demand. It features “Blame It on the Rain,” “Girl You Know It’s True,” “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” and more.

The Real James Dean

Author Peter L. Winkler brings us the first book of its kind: a rich collection spanning six decades of writing in which many of the people whose lives were touched by James Dean recall their indelible experiences with the Hollywood legend in their own words.

The Flintstones

The creative team of Hanna-Barbera was the genius behind the first adult-targeted cartoon and longest-running series of its genre. The family shenanigans of Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and their kids were fresh and groundbreaking for the day — the notion of a “modern” cave society using dinosaurs, stone and wood in outrageously inventive ways.

Open Heart

Facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Nobel Peace Prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel reflects on his life. Emotions, images, faces and questions flash through his mind. His family before and during the unspeakable Event. The gifts of marriage and children and grandchildren that followed.

The Essential Johnny Mathis

One of the last and most popular in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the rock-dominated 1960s, Johnny Mathis concentrated on romantic readings of jazz and pop standards for the ever-shrinking adult contemporary audience of the ’60s and ’70s.