michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING — APRIL 28, 2010

In Uncategorized on 04/28/2010 at 8:00 am

TOP PICK

David Bowie: Deluxe Edition

(Decca)

Before he became Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust or the Thin White Duke, David Bowie was a folksy singer-songwriter inspired by Swingin’ London psychedelia. His 1967 debut gets the special-edition treatment here, with singles, outtakes and radio sessions added to the two-disc set. The best songs hint at the performance-art personas Bowie would adopt over the years.

DVD

All Together Now

(Capitol)

The making of Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show Love is chronicled on this comprehensive documentary, which includes appearances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison’s wife and son. There’s some tension (Ono despises what the troupe does to John Lennon’s “Come Together”), but it’s mostly equal parts tribute and inspiration.

VIDEOGAME
Just Cause 2

(Square Enix)

This sequel to the hit game (for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) about a gun-toting agent who infiltrates a fictional South Pacific island is even more fun than its predecessor. There’s plenty of action, as you guide hero Rico Rodriguez on 200 missions on the ground, in the air and on the water. Best of all, almost everything around you is capable of blowing up real good.

BOOK
Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen

(Viking)

Hitmaker Wynette was married to country legend George Jones. But as combustible as their relationship was, it’s nothing compared to all the other shit she had to deal with. Pills, booze and her fading star eventually took their toll on the singer, who died in 1998 at age 55. Jimmy McDonough’s bio gets to the heart of the music and the fractured woman who made it.

DVD

Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love

(Oscilloscope)

In 2001, world-music star N’Dour (who’s performed with Peter Gabriel and Neneh Cherry, among others) recorded Egypt, a revolutionary and controversial album that sat on the shelves for three years amid 9-11 fears. This engaging documentary tells the African singer’s life story and chronicles Egypt’s world tour, which divided fans and won a Grammy.

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