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Kingston Whig-Standard - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Women Who Rock: Bessie to Bey­oncé. Girl Groups to Riot Gr­rrl. Edited by Eve­lyn McDon­nell. Black Dog & Leven­thal. Yes, the dust jacket is bright pink, for bet­ter or worse, but the es­says are all-en­com­pass­ing, as the ti­tle sug­gests. In­cludes a range of writ­ers, though ac­com­pa­ny­ing por­trai­ture may not be to taste. Each pro­file is writ­ten by a woman, with more than 100 in all. The sub­jects were cho­sen, as McDon­nell says, both painstak­ingly and ar­bi­trar­ily as she went about hon­our­ing “rock” as a verb, not a noun. ($40) Con­tact High: A Vis­ual His­tory of Hip-Hop By Vikki Tobak. Ten Speed. Hip-hop pho­tog­ra­phers share their con­tact sheets, paired with in­ter­views and es­says, span­ning nearly 40 years. There’s Fab 5 Freddy at a White Cas­tle in the Bronx, 1982. Jump to 1993 for a never-be­fore-seen photo of Tu­pac and Nas at a Club Ama­zon party in Man­hat­tan. Time trip again to 2012 At­lanta and Gucci Mane on the set of the Shoot­ers video. ($43) Hind­sight & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me By Justin Tim­ber­lake. Harper De­sign. It’s his first book, in which he writes: “You have to dare to suck.” As a two-year-old in Mem­phis, fam­ily lore goes, he har­mo­nized nicely with Don Hen­ley on the car ra­dio. He rev­els in his years on Satur­day Night Live, and his bro­mance with Jimmy Fal­lon. Of early ‘N Sync: “We had a lot of fun, and we re­ally cared about what we were do­ing. We wanted to be good at it.” ($30)

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