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Phil Collins, Not Dead Yet: The Memoir

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Phil Collins pulls no punches—about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that’s inspired his music. In his much-awaited memoir, Not Dead Yet, he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles’ legendary film A Hard Day’s Night. A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on the job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame with the release of Face Value and “In the Air Tonight.” Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, or writing the music for Disney’s smash-hit animated Tarzan, Collins’s storytelling chops never waver. And of course he answers the pressing question on everyone’s mind: just what does “Sussudio” mean?

Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’s candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his “official” retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him. This is Phil Collins as you’ve always known him, but also as you’ve never heard him before.

The 384 page hardcover is available now!

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Stephen King To Launch His Newest Book, Hearts in Suspension At The University of On Maine November 7, 2016

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Stephen King will launch his newest book, “Hearts in Suspension,” at the University of Maine on Nov. 7 with a reading of the book and discussion of his student days at UMaine during the turbulent Vietnam War era, followed by a conversation with his former classmates and friends who were at UMaine with him during this time and who co-authored the collection.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Collins Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6 p.m., with all ticket holders required to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are free and available according to the following timeline: Members of the University of Maine campus community can register for one ticket each with a MaineCard at the CCA box office, during normal box office hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 12–14. Members of the public can register for two tickets per person online or at the CCA box office beginning Oct. 17.

All tickets are general admission and will be available for pick up, with photo ID, at the Collins Center for the Arts box office beginning at 1 p.m. Nov. 7. For further ticket information call 207-581-1755.

The 373-page “Hearts in Suspension,” published by the University of Maine Press, a division of UMaine’s Fogler Library, marks the 50th anniversary of King’s enrollment at UMaine — fall 1966. In the years that followed, the escalating Vietnam War and social unrest nationwide, especially on college and university campuses, had “a profound impact on students of the period and deeply influenced King’s development as a writer and a man,” according to the publisher on the book’s dust jacket.

The volume includes a reprint of “Hearts in Atlantis,” which tracks the “awakenings and heartbreak” of his fictional counterpart, Peter Riley, during his first year at UMaine. The novella is accompanied by King’s new essay, “Five to One, One in Five,” in which he reflects on his undergraduate years, creating “a revealing portrait of the artist as (a) young man and a ground-level tableau of this highly charged time.”

Along with photographs and documents of this era at UMaine are four installments of King’s student newspaper column, “King’s Garbage Truck.” The columns, reprinted for the first time, are described by the publisher as “lively examples of King’s damn-the-torpedoes style.” The entertaining and shrewd youthful perceptions “more than hint at a talent about to take its place in the American literary landscape.”

The book also features essays by 12 of King’s classmates and friends, including Jim Bishop, one of King’s college English teachers and the book’s editor. As a sophomore, King enrolled in a writing workshop taught by Bishop and English professor Burton Hatlen, where the young author’s talent was validated and where he connected with other student writers. The group of dedicated young writers continued to meet in the semesters following the transformational class.

In addition to Bishop’s essay and his introduction to the book, there are other personal narratives reflecting on the UMaine student experience by Michael Alpert, David Bright, Keith Carreiro, Harold Crosby, Sherry Dec, Bruce Holsapple, Frank Kadi, Diane McPherson, Larry Moskowitz, Jim H. Smith and Philip Thompson. Bright was the editor of the student newspaper, Crosby was King’s freshman roommate and Moskowitz was the head of the SDS chapter on campus. All were with King in the anti-war movement and bear witness to “a formative time in their lives and a defining moment in the country’s history,” according to the publisher on the book’s dust jacket.

“Hearts in Suspension” is dedicated in memory of Hatlen and two of King’s other inspirational professors at UMaine: Edward “Ted” Holmes and Edward “Sandy” Ives.

Copies of “Hearts in Suspension” will be for sale at the Collins Center following the event, and available at bookstores nationwide after Nov. 7. Copies may also be pre-ordered now from the University of Maine Press website: umaine.edu/umpress/forthcoming-books/hearts-in-suspension

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The Art of Jock Book – Mondo Exclusive Edition

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Mondo, in partnership with Insight Editions, is releasing a Mondo Exclusive version of The Art of Jock, a book celebrating the uniquely dynamic work of the acclaimed artist. In addition to the book, the Mondo Exclusive version includes four 9″x9″ letterpress prints, one 8″x12″ screen print, and a card signed by Jock, all packaged in a stunning hard-shell slipcase. The Mondo Exclusive version is limited to just 500 copies and will be available at MondoCon for $175. Additionally, 5 random copies of the book will include a full original, cover-quality pen & ink illustration by Jock, transforming the stunning collector’s item into a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

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OMG Posters – A Decade of Rock Art

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The ultimate collection of gig posters from today’s top rock and indie bands, curated by Mitch Putnam, the creator of one of the largest and most popular poster blogs on the Internet, OMG Posters.

Mining the archives of OMG Posters, founder Mitch Putnam has gathered over 400 of today’s most beautiful concert posters and art prints in one collection.

Launched in 2007, OMGPosters.com has since become one of the world’s favorite art blogs, showcasing thousands of handmade prints by independent artists and printmakers. OMG Posters features works by 40 different artists that sparked the explosive growth of the gig poster scene. In the book, you’ll get to know each artist, see other works in their portfolio, and learn about their techniques and inspirations. This book covers the entire scope of the gig poster scene today, and the high caliber of artwork and collaboration involved.

If you order directly through Regan, you can use promo code “MITCH” for 40% off your order (bringing the price down to only $30).

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The Art of Jock Book

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Here is a first look inside The Art of Jock, a book celebrating the breathtaking work of the comics illustrator, conceptual artist and prolific Mondo collaborator. In partnership with Insight Editions, The Art of Jock is available for pre-order on Amazon and the 160 page book will be released on September 20, 2016.

“Discover the uniquely dynamic work of acclaimed artist Jock, from his groundbreaking comics art to his stunning posters for the pop culture company Mondo and his evocative concept illustrations for a range of acclaimed films.

Mark Simpson, known by his pen name, Jock, is an internationally recognized, three-time New York Times bestselling artist and Eisner Award nominee. Over the last two decades, Jock has become one of the most distinguished illustrators in comics, with credits that include titles with DC Comics/Vertigo (The Losers, Batman: The Black Mirror, Green Arrow: Year One), Marvel (Savage Wolverine, Daredevil), and his runaway success, Wytches (co-created with Scott Snyder for Image Comics). He is also known for his extensive work with Mondo—the renowned pop culture company famous for its iconic poster designs and collectibles— including electrifying posters that offer unique interpretations of fan-favorite movies such as Shaun of the Dead, The Thing, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Halloween, and many more. In the movie world, Jock’s concept art has defined the look of major films such as Dredd, Ex Machina, and Star Wars Episode VIII.

Made in collaboration with Mondo, The Art of Jock delves into the prolific artist’s catalog, showcasing not only the best of his sketches and published images but also personal notes from Jock himself that provide insight into the inner workings of his creative process. Featuring commentary from longtime collaborators, including Scott Snyder and Alex Garland, this look into the mind and method of one of the most critically acclaimed illustrators working today is a must-have for fans of comic book and pop culture art, as well as aspiring artists and illustrators.”

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Visceral: The Art of Jason Edmiston

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Praised as much by Hollywood as by his fan base, Jason Edmiston is the greatest painter of Geek culture of our time. Adopting a classic style, he creates incredible oil paintings of Batman, Daenerys Targaryen and Dracula, to name a few.

Featured in various American and Canadian conventions (he lives in Toronto), he is followed by a huge, loyal fan base who are desperate to procure all of his posters and limited editions. Curated by another celebrity on the Geek art scene, Jay Shaw, this book brings together all of Edmiston’s most famous works, including many new drawings, as well as several pages of technical advice.

The 256 page hardcover book will be released on October 11, 2016.

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Kanye West Owes Me $300 by Jensen Karp And Other True Stories From A White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big

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When 12-year old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend’s Bar Mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey—one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19, but along the way would also include feuding with Fred Durst, opening for Snoop Dogg, blacking out with Mark McGrath and recording with a young Kanye.

In Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big, Karp finally reveals the true story of his wild ride as Hot Karl—“the rap game’s Sasquatch”—the most famous white rapper you’ve never heard of. On his way to (almost) celebrity status, Jensen shares his childhood run-ins with rock-listening, southern California classmates, who tell him that “rap is for black people,” and then recounts his record-breaking rap battling streak on popular radio contest “The Roll Call,” a run that caught the eye of a music industry hungry for new rap voices in the early ‘00s. He introduces his rap partner, Rickye, who constitutes the second half of their group, XTra Large; his supportive mom, who performs with him onstage; and the soon-to-be-household-name artists he records with, including Kanye, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and will.i.am. Finally, he reveals why his album never saw the light of day (two words: Slim Shady), the downward spiral he suffered after, and what he found instead of rap glory.

Full of rollicking stories of sex, drugs, and hip-hop from Hot Karl’s close brush with fame, this is the perfect read for lovers of the late 90’s/early ‘00s hip-hop scene, fans of Rap Genius, and the guy who always performs “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” at karaoke. But at its heart, Jensen’s memoir is the ultimate fish-out-of-water story about a guy who follows an unlikely passion despite what everyone else says; who gets a tantalizing taste of living the dream (until it becomes a nightmare); and who turns the pain of missing his shot at fame into something way more profound. It’s 30 Rock for the rap set; 8 Mile for the suburbs; and quite the journey for a white kid from the valley.

The 320 page hardcover book is available now wherever books are sold. $26

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Amy Schumer’s The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo To Be Released On August 16, 2016

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Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish Amy Schumer’s The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Emmy-winning actress, director, and comedian Amy Schumer on August 16, 2016.

From award-winning comedian, writer, producer, and actress Amy Schumer comes The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, a thoughtful, honest, and hysterical collection of (very) personal essays. Never one to shy away from the uproarious, challenging, and remarkable moments that make up life, this exceptionally candid book will have readers wincing with recognition, nodding their head in solidarity, and laughing out loud. Written with Amy’s signature candor, she reflects on her often raucous childhood antics, her hard won and incomparable rise to comedic stardom, and the courage it takes to approach the world with astounding honesty every single day.

Surely the most anticipated collection of the year, Amy shines bright as a friend, daughter, and sister, unforgettable comedian, and most notably, a masterful (and always entertaining) storyteller.

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The Art of Jock Book To Be Released On September 20, 2016

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Discover the artwork of acclaimed comic, poster, and concept art illustrator Jock, from his work on DC Comics’ Batman and Marvel’s Wolverine to films such as Children of Men, Man of Steel, and The Dark Knight Rises.

Mark Simpson, known by his pen name Jock, is an internationally recognized two-time New York Times best-selling artist and Eisner Award nominee. Over the last two decades, Jock has become one of the most distinguished illustrators in comics, with credits that include titles with Marvel (Savage Wolverine, Daredevil), DC Comics/Vertigo (The Losers, Batman: Black Mirror), and his runaway success, Wytches (co-created with Scott Snyder for Image Comics). His career has grown well beyond the comic book world into creating highly sought after movie posters for Mondo as well as production art for acclaimed films such as Children of Men, The Losers, Dredd, Batman Begins, and most recently Alex Garland’s sci-fi masterpiece, Ex Machina.

The Art of Jock delves into the prolific artist’s catalog, showcasing not only the best of his extensive sketches and published images, but also personal notes from Jock himself that provide insight into the often philosophical inner workings of his creative process. Featuring interviews and quotes from colleagues and long-time collaborators, including Scott Snyder, Alex Garland, and Stephen King, this extensive look into the mind and method of one of the most critically acclaimed illustrators working today is a must-have for fans of comic book and pop culture art, as well as aspiring artists and illustrators.

You can pre-order the 160 page hardcover book HERE for $40 and it will be released on September 20, 2016.

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Watch The Teaser Trailer For Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

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Walt Disney Pictures has released the teaser trailer for director Steven Spielberg’s highly-anticipated adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, The BFG.

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Disney’s The BFG movie tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions.

The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see Queen Victoria (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

Directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg on E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The BFG movie will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that coincides with the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

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