Category: Pop culture

Beatles at the BBC

Collins Design | November 5, 2013 | 336 pages
The year 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of The Beatles' first album, Please, Please Me. To celebrate this event with material that has never been in print or has not repeatedly resurfaced is a challenge. But a great deal of both--namely, never-before-seen BBC transcripts and... More Info

Doctor Who: The Vault

Harper Design | October 29, 2013 | 320 pages
Named in Guinness World Records as the longest running science fiction TV series in the world, the BBC-produced television program, Doctor Who, will celebrate its fiftieth year in 2013. Since its conception in 1963, the show has become a major part of British pop culture and has continued to garner... More Info

The Wooden Stars

October 15, 2013 | 104 pages
The fourth book in Invisible Publishing's Bibliophonic Series charts the path of seminal Canadian band, the Wooden Stars. The Juno award-winning, Wooden Stars are synonymous with the sound of mid-nineties indie rock. One of Canada's greatest bands, the members helped build a scene, and would go on... More Info

What's So Funny?

Howard Books | October 29, 2013 | 288 pages
Six-time Emmy award-winning funny man Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In the annals of TV history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts, tickled as... More Info

Beatles Vs. Stones

Simon and Schuster | October 29, 2013 | 320 pages
Getting to the truth behind the ultimate rock and roll debate, this fascinating foray into a generation dragged into an ideological battle between Flower Power and New Left militance reveals how the Beatles-Stones rivalry was created by music managers intent on engineering a moneymaking empire.  More Info

Beatles Solo

Race Point Publishing | October 1, 2013 | 384 pages
The Beatles as solo artists have collectively released over 900 songs since 1968. This beautifully illustrated four-book set examines their individual triumphs and tragedies in a post-Beatles world.  More Info

Soul Train

Harper Design | October 22, 2013 | 288 pages
An illustrated, vibrant book commemorating the legacy of America’s longest running syndicated television program, Soul Train: Peace, Love, and Soul includes a wealth of historical photography and celebrity commentary that will give fans an in-depth look at the cultural phenomenon that launched... More Info

Nick Drake

Reaktion Books | September 1, 2013 | 224 pages
Since his death in 1974 at the age of twenty-six, singer-songwriter Nick Drake has gained a huge international audience and come to be thought of as the epitome of English romanticism. But while his small body of work has evoked poetic comparisons with Blake and Keats, closer inspection of Drake's... More Info

Fame: Katy Perry

Bluewater Productions | April 15, 2013 | 40 pages
One of the most popular singers of the decade. Katy Perry is the focus of this biography graphic novel. See her rise to fame that will empower girls of all ages. She has been featured on the hit fox show "GLEE" to winning the Grammy Award.  More Info

The (True!) History of Art

Selfmadehero | September 12, 2013 | 48 pages
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Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy

September 10, 2013 | 288 pages
From Machiavellian city officials to big time mobsters (such as Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, and Al Capone) to corrupt beat cops to overzealous G-men to suffragettes to abolitionists to innocent citizens caught in the crossfire, Boardwalk Empire is replete with philosophically compelling... More Info

Cat vs Human: Another Dose of Catnip

Andrews McMeel Publishing | October 15, 2013 | 176 pages
This second collection of Cat vs Human cartoons makes witty observations about the friendship between humans and felines. The book is based on the popular blog and includes more than twenty new comics that appear only in this collection. Cat owners are familiar with those little... More Info

All the Songs

Black Dog & Leventhal Pub | October 22, 2013 | 704 pages
Every album and every song ever released by the Beatles—from "Please Please Me" (U.S. 1963) to "The Long and Winding Road" (U.S. 1970)—is dissected, discussed, and analyzed by two music historians in this lively and fully illustrated work. All the Songs delves deep into the history and origins... More Info

How Music Works

McSweeneys Books | September 10, 2013 | 352 pages
How Music Works is David Byrne's buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Drawing on his work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and myriad collaborators?along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists?Byrne shows... More Info

Uncommon Goods

Intellect (UK) | January 15, 2013 | 136 pages
Since Marcel Duchamp created his “readymades” a century ago—most famously christening a urinal as a fountain—the practice of incorporating commodity objects into art has become ever more pervasive. Uncommon Goods traces one particularly important aspect in that progression: the shift in... More Info

The Wes Anderson Collection

ABRAMS | October 1, 2013 | 336 pages
Wes Anderson is one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. A true auteur, Anderson is known for the visual artistry, inimitable tone, and idiosyncratic characterizations that make each of his films—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life... More Info

Dogs with Old Man Faces: Portraits of Crotchety Canines

Running Press | October 1, 2013 | 144 pages
There's just something easy to love about those dogs with old man faces, with mugs weathered by experience and wisdom.  More Info

Fifty Type Faces That Changed The World

Conran | September 3, 2013 | 112 pages
See the 50 most influential fonts not just on the page of the book, but in use on cellphone screens, billboard posters, perfume packaging, aircraft hulls, buildings and more. This witty, engaging insight into the meanings of type ranges from classical Rome to the digital future, via pivotal moments... More Info

Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants

Andrews McMeel Publishing | October 1, 2013 | 168 pages
Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants is the second variety comic collection and fourth book from the comedic mastermind behind, Matthew Inman. Classics from the website, including “Dear Sriracha Rooster Sauce,” “What It Means When You Say Literally,” and “What We Should... More Info

Pink Floyd

Race Point Pub | October 2, 2013 | 240 pages
With a music career spanning nearly half a century, Pink Floyd is one of the most successful rock bands in history. With more than 250 million album sales to their credit, the band remains hugely popular worldwide. Both Rolling Stone and VHIhave named Floyd one of “The 100 Greatest Artists of All... More Info

The Best American Infographics 2013

October 8, 2013 | 160 pages
The newest volume—fresh and visually arresting—in the acclaimed Best American series, showcasing the finest examples of data visualization from the past year  More Info

Lost at Sea

Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks) | October 1, 2013 | 448 pages
"New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Psychopath Test" Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. "Lost at Sea"--now with new material--reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances. Ronson investigates the... More Info

Star Trek Topps

Abrams ComicArts | September 1, 2013 | 216 pages
Ever since Star Trek first aired on television in 1966, the series has had a strong influence on pop culture. In 1976, due to the show's rising popularity in syndication, Topps released a series of collectible trading cards featuring full-color images from the classic television series created by... More Info

Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990-1990

Blue Rider Press | September 26, 2013 | 96 pages
"An illustrated book about the life of Edward the Hamster"--  More Info

Unlikely Loves

Workman Publishing Company | October 8, 2013 | 208 pages
Unlikely Friendships is the phenomenal New York Times bestseller that's spent 44 weeks on the list and has 615,000 copies in print. It's struck a chord with media, from CBS This Morning to USA Today, and Temple Grandin has praised it as “amazing. It shows the power of friendship.” Now its... More Info

Just Kids

Ecco | November 2, 2010 | 320 pages
It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation. Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style... More Info

Big Appetites

September 10, 2013 | 256 pages
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Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-century America

University of Wisconsin Press | July 22, 2013 | 256 pages
For well over one hundred years, libraries open to the public have played a crucial part in fostering in Americans the skills and habits of reading and writing, by routinely providing access to standard forms of print: informational genres such as newspapers, pamphlets, textbooks, and other... More Info

Straight from the Fridge Dad

No Exit Press | May 1, 2013 | 192 pages
A new, pocket-sized version of the richly illustrated edition—just the thing for all hipsters, B-girls, weedheads, moochers, shroud-tailors, bandrats, top studs, gassers, snowbirds, trigger-men, grifters, and long gone daddies Much of the slang popularly associated with the hippie generation of... More Info

Fan Phenomena: Twin Peaks

Intellect Books | June 28, 2013 | 164 pages
David Lynch and Mark Frost’s television series Twin Peaks debuted in April 1990 and by June of 1991 had been cancelled. Yet the impact of this surreal, unsettling show—ostensibly about the search for homecoming queen Laura Palmer’s killer—is far larger than its short run might indicate. A... More Info

Fan Phenomena: Star Trek

Intellect Books | July 1, 2013 | 132 pages
From a decidedly inauspicious start as a low-rated television series in the 1960s that was cancelled after three seasons, Star Trek has grown to a multi-billion dollar industry of spin-off series, feature films, and merchandise. Fueling the ever-expanding franchise are some of the most rabid and... More Info

Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Intellect Books | July 1, 2013 | 164 pages
Few could have predicted the enduring affection inspired by Joss Whedon's television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With its origins in a script Whedon wrote for a 1992 feature film of the same name, the series far outpaced its source material, gathering a devoted audience that remains loyal to... More Info

In Love With Art

Coach House | September 10, 2013 | 120 pages
"Jeet Heer more thoroughly and widely understands comics history and the perplexing binomial life of the cartoonist better than anyone who's not one. As well-versed in literature as he is in comics, he always gets at the peculiar, poetical texture of his subject not only by what he writes, but how... More Info

Pearl Jam Twenty

Simon & Schuster | September 10, 2013 | 384 pages
With a new foreword by Pearl Jam’s longtime friend and fan Cameron Crowe, this New York Times bestselling book is an intimate and lavishly illustrated portrait of one of the world’s most influential and successful bands. In 1991, Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten, catapulted the little-known... More Info

Metal on Ice

Dundurn PressLtd | July 9, 2013 | 224 pages
Canada has produced many successful proponents of the genre known as heavy metal, which grew out of the hard rock of the 1970s, exploded commercially in the 1980s, and then petered out in the 1990s as grunge took over, only to rise to prominence once again in the new millennium. The road to... More Info

The Wimp Factor

Beacon Press | March 24, 2017 | 294 pages
In this eye-opening book on how male anxiety has come to shape political thinking and behavior, Dr. Stephen Ducat argues that there is a direct association between the magnitude of a man’s femiphobia and his tendency to embrace right-wing political opinions. Ducat shows how anxious masculinity... More Info

Smoke Signals

Scribner | August 13, 2013 | 528 pages
“Hallelujah and glory be to Smoke Signals, Martin Lee’s bodacious new book…Lee chronicles everything and everyone worth chronicling in the annals of marijuana” (High Times). “In this accessible and well-researched analysis” (Publishers Weekly), Martin A. Lee traces the dramatic social... More Info

Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work

Harry N. Abrams | June 11, 2013 | 224 pages
A companion guide to an exhibition at the Society of Illustrators features over two hundred illustrations by the artist, including previously unpublished pieces, preliminary drawings, and variant art for his famous works.  More Info

Republic of Outsiders

New Press | August 1, 2013 | 256 pages
A tribute to grassroots Americans who are expanding the capacities of their respective fields explores how groups of professional and amateur businesspeople, civil rights activists and alternative thinkers are organizing to spread their ideas and promote change. By the author of Hothouse Kids.... More Info

The Believer Box of Bad Advice

Clarkson Potter | August 6, 2013 | 200 pages
No summary available.

The Numbers Game

July 30, 2013 | 384 pages
Moneyball meets Freakonomics in this myth-busting guide to understanding—and winning—the most popular sport on the planet Innovation is coming to soccer, and at the center of it all are the numbers—a way of thinking about the game that ignores the obvious in favor of how things actually are.... More Info

Garfield Pulls His Weight

Ballantine Books | July 16, 2013 | 96 pages
A full color edition of the classic originally published in 1994.  More Info

My Cool Bike

Pavilion Books | August 1, 2013 | 160 pages
The newest in the My Cool series will appeal to bike nuts, commuting cyclists, and design aesthetes everywhere For some the bike is much more than an accessory for the daily commute: there are the plucky few who have embarked on life-changing momentous global journeys; while for others bike... More Info

The Bee Gees

Da Capo Press | July 9, 2013 | 352 pages
This first narrative biography of the phenomenally popular vocal group that has sold more than 200 million records worldwide doubles as an epic family saga of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice as they became the definitive band of the disco era while dealing with the tragic drug-fueled downfall of... More Info

The Revolution Was Televised

Touchstone | May 21, 2013 | 400 pages
ONE OF NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CRITIC MICHIKO KAKUTANI’S 10 FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR ONE OF HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’S 12 BEST HOLLYWOOD-RELATED BOOKS OF THE YEAR In The Revolution Was Televised, celebrated TV critic Alan Sepinwall chronicles the remarkable transformation of the small screen over the... More Info

Craft Beer Revolution

Douglas & McIntyre | May 14, 2013 | 216 pages
A thirst-quenching guide to B.C.'s craft brewers and their beers from the province's favourite beer writer. Canada's microbrewing movement began in British Columbia with the founding of Horseshoe Bay Brewing in 1982. Three decades later, B.C. is home to more than fifty breweries, including a dozen... More Info

Emily Carr & Her Dogs

Douglas & McIntyre | August 10, 2005 | 89 pages
This delightful book collects 25 stories about dogs accompanied by playful, cartoon like drawings from gifted artist and animal lover Emily Carr. Dividing her tales into calendar months, she describes the joys as well as the challenges of raising old Engl  More Info


December 1, 2012 | 223 pages
As the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination approaches, the traumatic aspects of the tragedy continue to haunt our perceptions of the 1960s. One reason for this lies in the home movie of the incident filmed by Abraham Zapruder, a bystander who became one of the twentieth century's most... More Info

Zombies in the Academy

Intellect (UK) | April 15, 2013 | 312 pages
Zombies in the Academy taps into the current popular fascination with zombies and brings together scholars from a range of fields, including cultural and communication studies, sociology, film studies, and education, to give a critical account of the political, cultural, and pedagogical state of... More Info

Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People

Bison Books | September 1, 2012 | 372 pages
Twenty-seven years in the making (1940–67), this tapestry of nearly two hundred American popular and protest songs was created by three giants of performance and musical research: Alan Lomax, indefatigable collector and preserver; Woody Guthrie, performer and prolific balladeer; and Pete Seeger,... More Info