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The Art of Lynn M. Carlson: Another Look
Lynn M. Carlson
Street: 2011
With page after page of flirty, sexy, sometimes even downright raunchy images, the art of Lynn M. Carlson clearly warrants another look. Scantily clad ladies abound, joined only on occasion by Mr. Carlson himself making cameo appearances in his own photography.  Some of the shots are unique and interesting as well––not just another picture to throw in the spank bank. Additionally, the slightly bizarre combinations of themes, and the use of over-production and under-production give it yet another twist to solicit your interest. On the left page, an old-fashioned image of a girl standing with her arms flexed, empowered, in front of a classic car. On the right page, a  color-enhanced shot of a topless girl on a bed, her hands between her legs, leaning her head back. Makes you think––or something. Some of it’s pretty good, and some is a little porn-y, so I’m thinking you’re not gonna mind it too much. –Ischa B.

The Beginning Of Now: The Work of Jim Williams
Cara Despain
Photographs by TJ Nelson
Little Zion Publishing House, LLC
Street: 06.11
This is a great fucking book, and here’s why: I went to the pop-up venue edition of this exhibition when it was held downtown. While I enjoyed looking around, and had even done my share of research by checking out the blog to try and figure out what it was all about, I really still had no idea what the hell was going on. Art can be like that for me sometimes. However, after reading this book, I can now grasp the bad-ass-ness that I was experiencing that evening, seeing only a tiny fraction of the exhibition at its finest whole. This is a story about a magical house in the avenues, a living visual art autobiography, a home with walls that CAN talk, and do. Thumbs up for sure. Great artists have always had a healthy dose of the crazy, and as an ardent servant to his self-expression, Mr. Williams surely does not disappoint. Now, thanks to Cara Despain, his compulsion is available for your reading pleasure. Get your tour of the house in this book, and cross your fingers and toes that maybe, just maybe, you get a chance to check out the real deal before Hoarders gets their hands on it ... –Ischa B.

Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal
Eddie Trunk
Abrams Image   
Street: 04.01
There is no greater metal fan or journalist than Eddie Trunk. This is the man who had a hand in discovering Metallica, who got the first interview with Axl Rose in 13 years, and who has the respect of pretty much every metal band on the planet. Now the DJ/VJ has published his encyclopedic run-through of the most influential and important bands in the history of metal and hard rock. Rather than a band-page-style bio, this book includes the unique, ultra-rare perspective and memories of the bands from Trunk’s lifelong career: no fluff, no propaganda, just pure backstage experience. He gives us his personal and overall history of an act, stresses their particular influence on the genre, offers his personal playlist from the band’s catalogue and any surreal memories he has of them. Trunk is respected for his objectivity, and he maintains it here in print form. Hearing how bands interacted with/liked/hated/respected one another is a wonderful insight to these creative minds that the average fan doesn’t get. Best memory: Robert Plant putting out a hotel fireplace blaze while singing “Immigrant Song” to himself. –Megan Kennedy