What makes someone an underground legend? Not being a part of the mainstream is one definite requirement. This new series tells the amazing stories of the most important underground legends ever.Larry Hoover's story is deep, many hear his name in rap songs as Chicago's biggest gangster or drug dealer, but most don't understand his real legacy. Yes, it's true he was the leader of what is considered the biggest Chicago street gang ever: the Gangster Disciples. Then at age 23, Larry was convicted of a murder and railroaded into a ridiculously unfair sentence of 150-200 years. But even after Hoover was incarcerated, he still was running the show and after he switched up the GD's motto to stand for "Growth & Development" and attempted to get young disenfranchised Black and Latinos to register to vote. Iceberg Slim started pimping at 18 and continued to be engaged in pimping until age 42. Then in 1967 he was encouraged by his wife, to write his first autobiographical novel Pimp: The Story of My Life. The effect of Pimp was truly revolutionary. His depiction of the dark underbelly of urban culture was so real and gritty nothing like it had existed before! His effect on popular culture can be felt far and wide. His books have sold many million of copies and his influence on modern storytellers from Quentin Tarantino to Ice Cube is undeniable. Robin Harris one of the funniest comedians to ever do it, originally from the South Side of Chicago. Robin first started to get known as the M.C at the Comedy Act Theater in LA and then in his roles in Spike Lee's films he really started to bubble. Robin is respected by so many because even though right before his untimely death he was really starting to have the real Hollywood success, this didn't change Robin. He kept his $400 a week MC gig at the Comedy Act Theater off Crenshaw to keep his act for his community and didn't compromise one damn bit! The Egyptian Lover started out as a DJ in Los Angeles with Uncle Jam's Army DJing small parties and clubs and grew to the point where they had dances at as large venues like the L.A. Sports Arena with 10,000 people strong! He began making records around 1982 as a member of the Radio Crew and Uncle Jam's Army. Egypt was truly a legend for owning his own record label before any other black hip hop artists had started that trend and holding his own with the major labels because his music was a phenomenon! A fascinating musical visionary who has influenced many with both his musical production style and his ground breaking entrepreneurial business approach. Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., was a controversial Jamaican political leader loved by many while at the same time being demonized by others. He founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL). His controversial Back-to-Africa movement created much drama for Garvey while making him some strange alliances. His story and his resonating legend are as unique as they come.Bushwick Bill was born in Jamaica but as a youth he moved to Bushwick, New York hence his nickname. After relocating to Texas in the mid 1980's, he was discovered by J. Prince, owner of legendary Texas label Rap-A-Lot Records. Bushwick Bil became a hip hop legend as a member of groundbreaking southern hip hop group The Geto Boys. Bushwick Bill a one of a kind artist with a unique story. Scott La Rock was a true Hip Hop pioneer as founding member of one of its most important groups: Boogie Down Productions. At his job as a youth counselor/social worker in the Bronx's Franklin Armory Men's Shelter on 166th Street is where Scott met a young man with whom he would make music history, KRS ONE. Huey P Newton and his partner Bobby Seale were the founders of the Black Panthers. The Black Panthers turned into one of the most important cultural movements in American history. He had many episodes with the law and many jail stints but he eventually earned his PhD.
Since time immemorial, India has been an ocean bed over which numerous stories have flowed and enriched the world. Storytellers from Tulsidas to Rohinton Mistry have added their magic to this magnificent repository. Inspired in part by Somadeva’s Kathasaritasagara, William Radice collects these timeless tales of India, and tells them anew through his unique idiom. Like itinerant storytellers, he fills these tales with emotion and wit, bringing them alive for the contemporary reader. In Volume 1, the first section begins with the creation myth of Prajapati, while the Mahabharata section starts with Sakuntala’s story, going up to the founding of Dvaraka by Krishna. In Volume 2, the first section begins with the Hindu myth about Brahma’s creation of bodies, while the Mahabharata section starts with the notorious dice-game and ends with the death of Abhimanyu. True to India’s diversity, the third section of both volumes comprises legends and folk tales from Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain, Christian and tribal sources. The volumes of Myths and Legends of India are a treasure to delight in and cherish.
[CALL OF CTHULHU ROLEPLAYING] "The Keeper's Companion" is an invaluable resource for gamemasters. The material includes advice for new keepers, a lengthy study of Mythos artifacts, a learned discussion of many occult books, an up-to-the-moment description of every facet of forensic medicine, a thorough revision and expansion of the game skills (including nearly two dozen new ones), and the entire text of "The Keeper's Compendium," somewhat updated -- forbidden books, secret cults, alien races, and mysterious places. Additional short essays and features round out this book -- more than 100,000 words!
Volume 1 of this critical edition includes a note on the text from the Humboldt in English team, an introduction by editors Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette, a preface to the first edition by Alexander von Humboldt, and the translation of Volumes 1 and 2 of Humboldt’s Essai politique sur le royaume de de Nouvelle Espagne from 1825 to 1827. Alexander von Humboldt was the most celebrated modern chronicler of North and South America and the Caribbean, and this translation of his essay on New Spain—the first modern regional economic and political geography—covers his travels across today’s Mexico in 1803–1804. The work canvases natural-scientific and cultural-scientific objects alike, combining the results of fieldwork with archival research and expert testimony. To show how people, plants, animals, goods, and ideas moved across the globe, Humboldt wrote in a variety of styles, bending and reshaping familiar writerly conventions to keep readers attentive to new inputs. Above all, he wanted his readers to be open-minded when confronted with cultural and other differences in the Americas. Fueled by his comparative global perspective on politics, economics, and science, he used his writing to support Latin American independence and condemn slavery and other forms of colonial exploitation. It is these voluminous and innovative writings on the New World that made Humboldt the undisputed father of modern geography, early American studies, transatlantic cultural history, and environmental studies. This two-volume critical edition—the third installment in the Alexander von Humboldt in English series—is based on the full text, including all footnotes, tables, and maps, of the second, revised French edition of Essai politique sur le royaume de de Nouvelle Espagne from 1825 to 1827, which has never been translated into English before. Extensive annotations and full-color atlases are available on the series website.
This work provides an extensive guide for students, fans, and collectors of Marvel Comics. Focusing on Marvel's mainstream comics, the author provides a detailed description of each comic along with a bibliographic citation listing the publication's title, writers/artists, publisher, ISBN (if available), and a plot synopsis. One appendix provides a comprehensive alphabetical index of Marvel and Marvel-related publications to 2005, while two other appendices provide selected lists of Marvel-related game books and unpublished Marvel titles.
A strange jade thumb ring brought out a piece of a dusty old story. The zombie incident that shook the whole country in 1995 sent me to Sichuan to look for clues about my missing fourth uncle. A loyal and hot-blooded brother, a good-for-nothing Old Cannon, and a mysterious and elegant girl formed the most mixed team in the history of tomb robbing. Exploring the thousand-year-old underground palace of ancient Shu for dim and fragrant corpse jade was like searching for layers and layers of calluses. Was the truth being stealthily guided by the mastermind behind the scenes, or was it the fate of rebirth keeping it a secret? Nine Prefectures Graveyard Event, I will take you on a dangerous and bizarre trip to steal tombs.
Bursting with a cornucopia of gorgeous artwork and photos, this second of two volumes of the Eisner Award–nominated The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood also features the vivid personal recollections of the friends, colleagues, and assistants who knew him best. The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood Volume 2 completes this revealing, intimate portrait of the brilliant but troubled maverick comics creator (EC Comics, Mad, Daredevil, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, witzend, The Justice Society of America, The Wizard King). Contributors include Larry Hama, John Workman, Trina Robbins, Paul Krassner, Flo Steinberg, Tom Sutton, Bill Pearson, and Paul Levitz. Professor Ben Saunders reveals the meticulous handcrafted wizardry that made Wood’s most famous story, “My World” possible. A special tribute gallery includes artwork by Robert Crumb, Daniel Clowes, Dave Sim, Drew Friedman, and others. Introduction by Eisner Award–winning writer/artist Ed Piskor.
Missouri has been likened to a “cave factory” because its limestone bedrock can be slowly dissolved by groundwater to form caverns, and the state boasts more than six thousand caves in an unbelievable variety of sizes, lengths, and shapes. Dwight Weaver has been fascinated by Missouri’s caves since boyhood and now distills a lifetime of exploration and research in a book that will equally fascinate readers of all ages. Missouri Caves in History and Legend records a cultural heritage stretching from the end of the ice age to the twenty-first century. In a grand tour of the state’s darkest places, Weaver takes readers deep underground to shed light on the historical significance of caves, correct misinformation about them, and describe the ways in which people have used and abused these resources. Weaver tells how these underground places have enriched our knowledge of extinct animals and early Native Americans. He explores the early uses of caves: for the mining of saltpeter, onyx, and guano; as sources of water; for cold storage; and as livestock shelters. And he tells how caves were used for burial sites and moonshine stills, as hideouts for Civil War soldiers and outlaws—revealing how Jesse James became associated with Missouri caves—and even as venues for underground dance parties in the late nineteenth century. Bringing caves into the modern era, Weaver relates the history of Missouri’s “show caves” over a hundred years—from the opening of Mark Twain Cave in 1886 to that of Onyx Mountain Caverns in 1990—and tells of the men and women who played a major role in expanding the state’s tourism industry. He also tracks the hunt for the buried treasure and uranium ore that have captivated cave explorers, documents the emergence of organized caving, and explains how caves now play a role in wildlife management by providing a sanctuary for endangered bats and other creatures. Included in the book is an overview of cave resources in twelve regions, covering all the counties that currently have recorded caves, as well as a superb selection of photos from the author’s extensive collection, depicting the history and natural features of these underground wonders. Missouri Caves in History and Legend is a riveting account that marks an important contribution to the state’s heritage and brings this world of darkness into the light of day.
Orphaned four years ago by an accident that took her parents and her memory, 16 year-old Momoka Futami travels to Mitsurugi City upon receiving an invitation from the Mitsurugi House, her father's very powerful relatives who offer to take her in. What awaits her far exceeds her fears and expectations - a spiritual sword, Suzukaze, and a tumultuous battle.
An interpretive history of America's pre-rock, popular commercial music spanning 1900-1950. The author examines both popular music stars who ruled the airwaves, sold the most records, and were featured in major motion pictures, and performers in the musical underground: jazz, blues, and country. Chapters are arranged chronologically, with biographies of important musicians and numerous photographs. Contains a discography and videography as well as indexes of musical performers, contributors and music titles. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
From classroom aids to corporate training programs, technical resources to self-help guides, children's features to documentaries, theatrical releases to straight-to-video movies, The Video Source Book continues its comprehensive coverage of the wide universe of video offerings with more than 130,000 complete program listings, encompassing more than 160,000 videos. All listings are arranged alphabetically by title. Each entry provides a description of the program and information on obtaining the title. Six indexes -- alternate title, subject, credits, awards, special formats and program distributors -- help speed research.