michael gallucci

CULTURE JAMMING — JULY 21, 2010

In Uncategorized on 07/21/2010 at 8:00 am

TOP PICK

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: London Calling: Live in Hyde Park

(Columbia)

After watching a sweat-drenched Boss work the stage for almost three hours in this DVD, you’ll begin to think that maybe he’s just gonna die there someday. The set spans “Rosalita” to “Working on a Dream.” The band is at its best playing audience requests like “Trapped” and “No Surrender,” where the Gaslight Anthem’s Bruce-lovin’ frontman joins the E Streeters onstage.

BOOK

The Fine Wisdom and Perfect Teachings of the Kings of Rock and Roll: A Memoir

(Harper)

In 1974, recent college grad Mark Edmundson had no clue what he wanted to do with his life. So he became a rock & roll roadie. This book chronicles Edmundson’s path to becoming a professor and cultural critic, but it’s at its best during his early years, when he’s hauling amps for the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. Way more fun than his time working a disco club.

DVD

Stones in Exile

(Eagle Vision)

This look at the making of the Rolling Stones’ masterpiece Exile on Main Street is a great companion to the recent reissue. The mostly hazy and grainy footage complements the album’s sound. You don’t learn anything new here – really? There were drugs? – but there are plenty of shots of a young Keith Richards in his natural element: lounging around with cigarettes and booze.

VIDEO GAME

Toy Story 3: The Video Game

(Disney Interactive)

Like the movie it’s based on, this fun game (for all consoles) exceeds expectations. Woody, Buzz, and the gang shoot, run, and jump their way through levels inspired by the year’s best film. Be sure to poke around the Toy Box, an open-field exploration mode set in the Old West. Best of all, the game won’t make you cry the like movie did. Unless you get stuck.

CD

Vanilla Fudge: Box of Fudge

(Rhino Handmade)

These ’60s meatheads made some long, loud, and heavy music back in the day. This four-disc box compiles their highs (a Top 10 cover of the Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hanging On”) and lows (the concept album The Beat Goes On). Two of the discs gather a 1969 concert at the Fillmore West, where the band played a mere 11 songs during its two-and-a-half-hour set.

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