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“The most blisteringly impassioned music book of the season.” —New York Times Book Review A thrilling account of the Altamont Festival—and the dark side of the ‘60s. If Woodstock tied the ideals of the '60s together, Altamont unraveled them. In Just a Shot Away, writer and critic Saul Austerlitz tells the story of “Woodstock West,” where the Rolling Stones hoped to end their 1969 American tour triumphantly with the help of the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, and 300,000 fans. Instead the concert featured a harrowing series of disasters, starting with the concert’s haphazard planning. The bad acid kicked in early. The Hells Angels, hired to handle security, began to prey on the concertgoers. And not long after the Rolling Stones went on, an 18-year-old African-American named Meredith Hunter was stabbed by the Angels in front of the stage. The show, and the Woodstock high, were over. Austerlitz shows how Hunter’s death came to symbolize the end of an era while the trial of his accused murderer epitomized the racial tensions that still underlie America. He also finds a silver lining in the concert in how Rolling Stone’s coverage of it helped create a new form of music journalism, while the making of the movie about Altamont, Gimme Shelter, birthed new forms of documentary. Using scores of new interviews with Paul Kantner, Jann Wenner, journalist John Burks, filmmaker Joan Churchill, and many members of the Rolling Stones' inner circle, as well as Meredith Hunter's family, Austerlitz shows that you can’t understand the ‘60s or rock and roll if you don’t come to grips with Altamont.

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Genre: Music
Author: Saul Austerlitz
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release: 2018-07-10
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781250083203

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Just A Shot Away:69 Revisited is veteran author-journalist Kris Needs' highly-personal account of 1969 as he experienced it happening in real time, remembering the gigs, bands and records that bombarded his young radar and shaped his future path. Following Part One's account of January-June's pivotal events, including the births of Aylesbury's legendary Friars club and Pete Frame's Zigzag (which he wrote for before becoming editor), witnessing Hendrix in concert and his lifelong love of the Stones, Part Two shows Kris growing up fast; including discovering and meeting David Bowie, Mott The Hoople and Iggy and the Stooges, seeing many more bands and exploring his love of Sun Ra, Can, the Doors, Pearls Before Swine, Spirit, Moondog, Love, Tim Buckley and Syd Barrett, not forgetting the Stones and Hendrix. With Foreword by mentor Pete Frame, Kris's 45 year career as a music writer impacts time machine fashion, including conversations with Keith Richards, Mott The Hoople, the Doors, Iggy Pop, Suicide, Can's Irmin Schmidt, Silver Apples, Pete Brown, Spirit's Mark Andes and more, along with perspective and knowledge gained from living a life the teenage Needs could never have imagined, some leading characters becoming lifelong friends. In a year that ends with Mott The Hoople about to change his life, there's never time to care about the death of a decade in which he's coming alive, let alone any loss of innocence when he can't lose his fast enough. The book carries a sad back story as, while Kris was writing it, his beloved partner Helen succumbed to cancer, his grief inevitably casting a tragic shadow over the story, instilling greater appreciation of life when it's just getting under way. Moving back into the family home with his mum, Kris wrote the book in the same bedroom where he actually experienced 1969 - and still got told to turn down his Stones records!

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Kris Needs
Publisher: New Haven Publishing Limited
Release: 2020-07-15
File: 234 Pages
ISBN-13: 191258736X

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They're all just one shot away It's senior year and the last season for Diggy, Jimmy, and Trevor on the Molly Pitcher High School varsity wrestling team. And they all want the same thing: to win. But Diggy's got to compete with his older brother's legacy, and now he's in danger of losing his spot to the newcomer, Trevor. Not to mention he's got girl problems. Jimmy's got the cops on his tail and a girlfriend who looks down on him. Then Diggy does the unthinkable—he betrays a teammate. Can the team forgive him? And can he forgive himself? With the pressure building and loyalties splintering, Diggy, Jimmy, and Trevor have got one shot to make weight and get onto the mat. Because pinning your opponent is about more than just winning.

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Author: T. Glen Coughlin
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 2012-10-02
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780062083258

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Lieutenant Devlin Rourke investigates the murders of four unrelated people in the parking garage of a Baltimore office building

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Genre: Fiction
Author: James Grady
Publisher: Bantam Books
Release: 1987-01-01
File: 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 0553262688

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In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones’ infamous Altamont concert, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s. In the annals of rock history, the Altamont Speedway Free Festival on December 6, 1969, has long been seen as the distorted twin of Woodstock—the day that shattered the Sixties’ promise of peace and love when a concertgoer was killed by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. While most people know of the events from the film Gimme Shelter, the whole story has remained buried in varied accounts, rumor, and myth—until now. Altamont explores rock’s darkest day, a fiasco that began well before the climactic death of Meredith Hunter and continued beyond that infamous December night. Joel Selvin probes every aspect of the show—from the Stones’ hastily planned tour preceding the concert to the bad acid that swept through the audience to other deaths that also occurred that evening—to capture the full scope of the tragedy and its aftermath. He also provides an in-depth look at the Grateful Dead’s role in the events leading to Altamont, examining the band’s behind-the-scenes presence in both arranging the show and hiring the Hells Angels as security. The product of twenty years of exhaustive research and dozens of interviews with many key players, including medical staff, Hells Angels members, the stage crew, and the musicians who were there, and featuring sixteen pages of color photos, Altamont is the ultimate account of the final event in rock’s formative and most turbulent decade.

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Genre: Music
Author: Joel Selvin
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release: 2016-08-16
File: 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780062444271

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The first collection of academic essays focused entirely on the musical, historical, cultural and media impact of the Rolling Stones.

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Genre: Music
Author: Victor Coelho
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2019-09-30
File: 248 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781107030268

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“I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he was the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.” In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen, after that 1953 foul ball, is extraordinary and terrifying.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: John Irving
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Release: 2012-05-08
File: 544 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307362025

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After arriving on a lush Pacific island, Eulalie Grace LaRue is to be finally reunited with the absent father she hasn't seen since childhood. Yet before her long dreamed-of meeting can take place, the lovely but pampered Southern belle is caught in the crossfire of a violent revolution and thrown into the rugged arms of American mercenary soldier Sam Forester. On the run in the jungle, this battle-scarred soldier of fortune hasn't a clue what to do with the naive blonde in his care. Survival is his top priority, but he can not resist Lollie's endearing, helpless, and laughable charm...or deny the growing attraction between them. Though Sam thrives on chance and risk, falling in love is the one chance he isn't willing to take. Powerless against the desire that consumes them both, Lollie surrenders to his passionate embrace. But when he dismisses her affections, she is determined to fight for him, to prove that in the steamy heat of paradise, two hearts can find the love of a lifetime.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Jill Barnett
Publisher: BelleBooks
Release: 1991-09-30
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781935661696

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50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging. No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far. The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the YA genre. S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was first published. "The Outsiders transformed young-adult fiction from a genre mostly about prom queens, football players and high school crushes to one that portrayed a darker, truer world." —The New York Times "Taut with tension, filled with drama." —The Chicago Tribune "[A] classic coming-of-age book." —Philadelphia Daily News A New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book A Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Winner of the Massachusetts Children's Book Award

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Author: S. E. Hinton
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2012-05-15
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101642610

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An inspiring look at the hidden stars in every field who perform essential work without recognition In a culture where so many strive for praise and glory, what kind of person finds the greatest reward in anonymous work? Expanding from his acclaimed Atlantic article, "What Do Fact-Checkers and Anesthesiologists Have in Common?" David Zweig explores what we can all learn from a modest group he calls "Invisibles." Their careers require expertise, skill, and dedication, yet they receive little or no public credit. And that's just fine with them. Zweig met with a wide range of Invisibles to discover first hand what motivates them and how they define success and satisfaction. His fascinating subjects include: * a virtuoso cinematographer for major films. * the lead engineer on some of the world's tallest skyscrapers. * a high-end perfume maker. * an elite interpreter at the United Nations. Despite the diversity of their careers, Zweig found that all Invisibles embody the same core traits. And he shows why the rest of us might be more fulfilled if we followed their example. From the Hardcover edition.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: David Zweig
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2014-06-12
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101620243

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