Taschen's Rolling Stones

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For a group of musicians that put a dent into the world of rock and roll, it would take one hell of a publisher to capture the legendary history of one of music's most important acts:

"The kind of fame and success the Rolling Stones have achieved in their 50-year career is completely without parallel; their most famous riffs and catchiest lyrics are indelibly engraved in our collective memory. With their bluesy rock 'n' roll and mesmerizing stage presence, the Stones redefined the music of the 1960s and paved the way for rock as we know it today. Produced in collaboration with the band, this book charts the Stones' remarkable history and outrageously cool lifestyle in around 550 pages of photographs and illustrations, many previously unseen, gathered from archives all over the world. Unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones' own archives in New York and London adds an equally extraordinary, more private side to the Stones' story."

Taschen

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Vintage Cars

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If all the coverage from this year's Concours d'Elegance was any indication, people certainly love their vintage automobiles. Whether you're a collector or simply just an admirer, you'll definitely want Assouline's upcoming Vintage Cars on your bookshelf:

"The timeless beauty of antique automobiles elicits an emotional reaction, and avid collectors will spend millions on vintage models for the nostalgia they evoke. A model's value is a combination of its rarity and also the quality and pride of craftsmanship with which cars were once built. Featuring exquisite photography of premium models by renowned photographer Laziz Hamani, Vintage Cars is a tribute to the great automobiles of the past and the undeniable fascination they hold for many passionate collectors today"

$95, Assouline

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The Craft and the Makers

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Though the world has been obsessed with what the best developers can make with a line of code, there has been a major resurgence in what you can build with your bare hands. Gestalten takes a look those talented individuals with their upcoming book, The Craft and the Makers:

"Craftsmanship is in more demand than ever and small manufacturers are experiencing an overwhelming renaissance. We are increasingly looking for products that last and have their own histories; things that meld form, function, and emotion into a compelling entity. This desire will continue to shape our attitudes toward consumer and luxury goods as well as innovation for the foreseeable future. Today, there are already many people who are not concerned with a logo, chasing the next trend, or contributing to a disposable society. They would rather seek objects of real value and own things with which they can truly identify.

The Craft and the Makers showcases savvy businesses that are choosing to focus on craftsmanship and aiming to create things with a soul. A decisive role is played by melding tradition and innovation--from the raw materials used to the finished product. The book introduces small enterprises as well as the personalities that drive them. These artisans are using their skills to produce handicraft that meets the highest standards. Whether furniture, porcelain, or leather goods, all of the products featured here offer today's true luxury: the perfect fusion of creativity and craftsmanship that results in quality and durability. Reflecting this spirit, every page is a testament to the products created with heart that are much more than a sum of their parts."

Gestalten

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Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

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A beautifully-designed book that takes us back to when 16-bit graphics and spiky haired hedgehogs stole our attention away from that iconic, mushroom-crazed Italian plumber:

"SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works will be the definitive volume on the landmark console. The book is produced in collaboration with SEGA and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the console's release. It is an unparalleled treasury of development sketches, design documents, hardware concepts and game artwork, that covers blockbuster titles such as Bare Knuckle/Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II and ToeJam & Earl as well as cult gems including Vectorman, Landstalker and Comix Zone.

The book opens with a stirring, personal foreword by industry legend David Perry, followed by a spirited history of the console and its legacy by Keith Stuart (Guardian Games Editor), which includes first-hand accounts from key figures inside and outside of Sega. Forming a coda to the book is a comprehensive oral history comprised of 28 exclusive interviews with original Sega team members - many of whom have never been interviewed before.
SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works offers unrivalled insight into the console that changed the landscape of gaming forever."

$50, Read Only Memory

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Palm Angels

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Art Director Francesco Ragazzi looks at the art of skate photography in Palm Angels:

"Featuring large-format photographs of skaters in Venice Beach and Manhattan Beach, Palm Angels is the definitive book on the L.A. skateboarding scene, capturing the style and street culture of the world's most elite communities of skaters. Photographed by Francesco Ragazzi, the Italian art director of Moncler, Palm Angels features a special focus on the look and fashions of skate culture. While it emphasizes dramatic movement through stunning images taken in various Los Angeles neighborhoods, it is less focused on describing tricks as it is about conveying the sensation of men and women engaged in an epic, all-consuming activity.

Through art photography, this book hopes to do for skating what Bruce Weber and others did for surf culture, elevating it from what once was an exclusive and localized American pastime to a far-reaching cultural phenomenon. In the spirit of the photography taken of the legendary Z-boys of Dogtown, Ragazzi provides readers with a firsthand glimpse into skateboarding in its modern form, still very much infused with effortless style. Palm Angels includes an introduction by Pharrell Williams (known to the skate community as Skateboard P), who has been instrumental in popularizing the skate look and has propelled it all the way to the high streets of fashion capitals like Paris, New York, and Tokyo."

$55, Rizzoli

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The Impossible Collection of Design

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Just when we tell you about the Impossible Collection of Watches, Assouline also announces another addition in the series, The Impossible Collection of Design, a stunning volume covering some of the most important design objects of the 20th Century:

"Chosen by design expert Frédéric Chambre, this selection of furniture designs unspools like the frames of a film, an epic picture composed of one hundred years of creative innovations in form, materials, and techniques. This hand-bound oversize luxury edition, presented in a linen clamshell case, traces the development of twentieth-century design from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements through Bauhaus and Art Deco, Pop Art and the Memphis school, to today's digital age, illustrating the dynamic story of a groundbreaking century through the evolution of everyday human objects."

$695, Assouline

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The Impossible Collection of Watches

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One of our favorite series of books from Assouline takes a look at the art of timekeeping with The Impossible Collection of Watches:

"In this stunning new addition to the Assouline series, British historian Nicholas Foulkes has selected the 100 breakthrough timepieces of the twentieth century. Featuring illustrious names such as Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Tag Heuer, these 100 timepieces include the 1915 Omega Lawrence of Arabia aviator chronograph, 1962 Breitling Cosmonaute, and the 1985 Ulysse Nardin Astrolabium. Beautiful timepieces invite us to join a story, and these 100 examples unfold the narrative of one of the most dynamic periods in human history."

$695, Assouline

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Barley & Hops: The Craft Beer Book

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Gestalten looks at the rapidly growing Craft Beer movement in their new book Barley & Hops:

"Going back to basics, small breweries are using meticulous craftsmanship to create beers with rich taste. These beers represent a new authenticity and way of life.

For some, beer has always been a treat for body and soul. Now, beer is establishing itself as the drink of choice among a hipper, cultured audience. "Brew it yourself" is more than a trend; it's the credo of a new creative scene that has developed around beer and is questing for its lost taste. What began over 30 years ago with hobby brewers in the United States has today become an international movement with beer-loving adherents from Europe to South Africa.

Small enterprises worldwide are combining fresh ideas with traditional methods to create outstanding craft beers. Their inspired experimentation has resulted in a growing range of products that are rekindling passion for the golden goodness. No matter how they are brewed or whether they feature special flavors or new production methods, these beers are all made for maximum drinking enjoyment for those with discerning tastes. Their packaging design is as characteristic as the beers themselves and includes striking labels or bottles with unusual shapes or colors."

$49, Gestalten

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Bordeaux, Legendary Wines

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You can't always trust the sommelier, brush up on some serious wine knowledge with Assouline's Bordeaux, Legendary Wines:

"With a history spanning centuries, the Bordeaux region ranks as perhaps the premier winemaking area in the world. As internationally renowned wine expert Michel Dovaz makes clear in this tour of the châteaux of Bordeaux, the true story of this legendary wine begins eons ago, when the earth itself took shape and blessed one part of France with magical soil. This volume presents the fascinating history of the many châteaux that have been operating continuously since the seventeenth century. The author also relates the many steps that go into the creation of these prestigious wines, and presents an essential catalog featuring the wines of 125 châteaux, complete with a glossary, tables of harvest conditions of various years, and tasting notes for recent vintages. For the wine amateur or experienced oenophile, this splendidly photographed volume offers an authoritative guide to the appreciation of this rare treasure."

$85, Assouline

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Hide and Seek

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Gestalten publishes "Hide and Seek", a book that'll have you rethinking the idea of a cabin in the woods:

The highly individual cabins, hideaways, and summer homes featured in Hide and Seek offer their owners exceptional, yet convenient ways to escape urban routines and embed themselves into the land. These imaginative structures meld traditional architecture with modern living in fascinating and surprising ways. Whether located in the forest, on the water, or in the mountains; whether light and minimalistic or dark and cozy, the compelling dwellings exemplify how to create remote shelters that bring calm and balance to our hectic lives. With the right concept, furniture, décor, and atmosphere, even small or basic designs become stunning sanctuaries.

Hide and Seek is a contemporary survey of contextual architecture and interior design that channels our shared desire for peace and quiet. These projects not only have the power to get people in touch with their surroundings, but also with themselves.

$60, Gestalten

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