Library Manifesto’s down-to-the-wire shopping suggestions for film and music.
1. Your special someone who thinks he’s heard it all: “A Band Called Death” DVD
Three teenagers formed the band Death in early-1970s Detroit. Directors Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett argue that they are the world’s first punk band.
2. Drinking buddy who doesn’t think it gets any better than The Beatles: The Beatles “On Air Live at the BBC Volume 2”
The Beatles recorded hundreds of hours of footage at the BBC. “On Air” compiles performances from what some say was the band’s peak live show.
3. Documentary filmmaker intern you hired to follow you around: “Grey Gardens” on Blu-ray
Criterion Collection digitally restored Grey Gardens, a classic of cinema verite. The touch up gives the Maysles’ film a fresher look but all the quirks of Big Edie and Little Edie stay in tact.
4. Jazzy sister with the best vintage dresses: “Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald Decca Sessions (1934-41)”
Mosaic Records compiles the collaborative work of Chick Webb, an innovative drummer nicknamed “The King of Swing,” and the beloved Ella Fitzgerald. The collection sheds some light on the history of jazz.
5. Self gift – cause no one else would get it for you: Scott Walker “Scott: The Collection 1967-1970”
Scott Walker has always been an enigmatic person (he was most often photographed wearing dark sunglasses). This collection will help me get to know him better.
6. Neighbor who loves Turner Classic Movies: “James Dean: Ultimate Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray
Three films that made the icon. East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. Dean outshines today’s leading men.