REVIEW: Inside the Lion’s Den

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This book was not quite what I expected it to be but I think in the end it turned out for the better. The reason it was unexpected was because I picked it up while Ken was in the height of his WWF(E) career so I assumed it would be about his transition into wrestling and life in the WWF(E). I was however mistaken, this could have been avoided, I imagine if I’d simply read the book jacket instead of going ‘Fuck yeah, Ken Shamrock book’, but as I said, this was most likely a much better book. What this book is the world’s most dangerous man’s life up until he goes into the world of wrestling. In fact the book ends as he signs his WWF contract. It tells of Ken growing up, how he got into MMA, what that was like in the beginning and his career fights and training in that sport. The MMA stuff is really great, gives you a great inside look to the sport that’s now seems to be the most popular sport in the world. He tells of some of the techniques he used in his fights and what the world was like. It also tells the story of Ken growing up, he’s had a much rougher life than I had realized, it really makes what he’s achieved that much more amazing. Ken had a little help writing this one with Richard Hanner, and Clixtro Romias but I think the three did a great job on this, even though it’s a little on the light side with being 224 pages. I’d also like to see a followup to this, I think it would still make for a great read.

Get Inside the Lion’s Den from Amazon HERE

Releases worth getting Jan 5, 2010

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DVDs:

The Final Destination
Super Friends: Season One, Vol. One
Burn Notice: Season 1 & 2 Set
Elvis Presley Gladiators: The 1974 Elvis Karate Legacy Project
UFC: The Ultimate 100 Greatest Fight Moments

Music:

Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On: Rarities Edition (Spec) [SPECIAL EDITION]
Rodrigo y Gabriela: 11:11 (Vinyl)
Van Morrison: T.B. Sheets (Remastered)
Moonspell: Memorial
Overkill: Necroshine

Releases worth getting Nov 10, 2009

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DVD:

Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut - A fucking 5 disc version.

The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7: 1952-1954 – A must have for any Three Stooges fan.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Complete Collectors Set – The entire series of maybe the best cartoon from the 80’s. Comes in a sweetass footlocker.

UFC: Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights – 8 DVD’s, 100 people getting beat up, what’s not to like?

The Official World Series Film Collection – Every World Series ever.

Dirty: The Official ODB Biography – I haven’t seen this but I like ODB and Wu Tang Clan so I expect good things.

Music:

Earl Scruggs: Live from Austin City Limits

Earl Scruggs: Family Portrait

Earl Scruggs & Tom T. Hall: Storyteller & the Banjo Man

The Ergs!/The Measure [sa] split 7″ – YES YES YES FUCKING FINALLY!

Copyrights/Brokedowns 7″

Kepi Ghoulie: Life Sentence (CD and Vinyl)

The Marked Men: Fix My Brain (CD and Vinyl)

Cobra Skulls: American Rubicon (CD and Vinyl)

Big Drill Car: A Never Ending Endeavor

The Riptides: Tales from Planet Earth

Nada Surf: Karmic EP (Extra tracks)

Anvil: This Is Thirteen - I got my hands on this early I guess, it kicks ass!!

Anthrax: Among the Living (Remastered, extra tracks)

AC/DC: Backtracks (2CD+DVD)

Deep Purple: Live At Montreux 1996 (Vinyl)

Alice Cooper: Easy Action (Vinyl)

Ted Nugent: Double Live Gonzo! (Vinyl)

Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection (Vinyl Box set)

MF Doom: Unexpected Guests

J.J. Brown: Connect the Dots

Jackson 5: I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

Releases worth getting Nov 3, 2009

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DVDs:

North by Northwest (50th Anniversary Edition) – The Hitchcock classic gets the 2 disk treatment, about damn time.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Ultimate Collector’s Edition) – I think this speaks for itself. One of the greatest Christmas movies of all times gets a sweet edition.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Season 1.2 – Attention kids that grew up in the 80’s, buy this.

Spin City: Season Three - The Michael J. Fox comeback show gets its season 3 out to the masses.

The Shield: Complete Series – Badass cop show, too lazy to get them when they came out season by season? Here’s your chance to be the superfan with one purchase.

Fraggle Rock: Complete Series Collection – 80’s kids and stoners should keep their wallets handy.

Mission: Impossible – Complete Series – Old school action/spy shit.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 7 Set – The real Ninja Turtles cartoon, fucking classic.

Nirvana: Live at Reading - Everybody’s favorite grunge band, live.

John Fogerty: Comin’ Down the Road: The Concert at Royal Albert Hall - Former CCR guy and generally awesome dude, live.

WWE: Survivor Series Anthology, Vol. 1 – 1987-1991 - One of WWF’s classic PPV’s in box set form, volume one.

WWE: Survivor Series Anthology, Vol. 2 – 1992-1996 - One of WWF’s classic PPV’s in box set form, volume two.

UFC 101: Penn Vs. Florian – MMA fans might want to check this one out, a decent card and a great match up for a main event.

Music:

James Brown: Triple Feature

The O’Jays: Triple Feature

The Isley Brothers: Triple Feature

Sly & the Family Stone: Back on the Right Track – Original recording remastered

The Beach Boys: Today! (Vinyl) – Limited Edition

The Beach Boys: Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (Vinyl) – Limited Edition

Eagles: Long Road Out Of Eden

The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones In Concert [40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set 3 LPs, 3 CDs + 1 DVD]

Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection (2CD + DVD)

Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me (Vinyl) – Limited Edition

Frank Sinatra: Come Dance with Me (Vinyl) – Limited Edition

Frank Sinatra:  In the Wee Small Hours (Vinyl) – Limited Edition

Frank Sinatra: Sinatra: New York (4 CD/1 DVD) – Box set

Isaac Hayes: Shaft – Extra tracks

Tribe Called Quest: Rare & Unreleased Instrumentals

Nirvana: Nevermind (180 Gram Vinyl)

Nirvana: Bleach (20th Anniversary Deluxe edition Vinyl)

Nirvana: Live at Reading

Foo Fighters: Greatest Hits (Deluxe CD/DVD)

Morrissey: Swords

Hirax: El Rostro de la Muerte

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