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The Big Ten

What to watch, read and listen to this month

Author Alan Light Illustration Chloé Fleury

1 SLOANE CROSLEY DOES IT AGAIN

The wry essayist behind I Was Told There’d Be Cake is back with How Did You Get This Number?. More good news for her fans: HBO has optioned the rights to Cake, so maybe soon you can have your Crosley and watch it, too. JUNE 15

2 U2 HITS THE ROAD

U2 earned the title “world’s biggest band” in the mid-’80s. Nearly three decades later, the label still fits. This month, the band continues its epic 360˚ Tour. Grab a ticket and maybe you’ll finally find what you’re looking for. JUNE 3

3 SARAH SINGS

Seven years after her last album, Sarah McLachlan and her soft soprano are back with The Laws of Illusion. The first single, “One Dream,” is a breathy, inspirational ballad that served as the theme for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

A British Columbia native, McLachlan should have no problem going gold. JUNE 15

4 TICKET TO RIDE

A charming look at the so-called Golden Age of Travel as seen through hundreds of advertisements, Taschen’s massive compendium, 20th Century Travel: 100 Years of Globe-Trotting Ads, is also sure to become the most popular thing on many a coffee table. JUNE 1

5 BEAR FACTS

The Rise and Fall of Bear Stearns is an inside look at the finance giant’s disintegration. Gruff, witty and outspoken, former CEO Alan “Ace” Greenberg, with the help of coauthor Mark Singer, tells a harrowing cautionary tale without letting his outsize persona get in the way. JUNE 1

6 CAN TOY STORY THREEPEAT?

The beloved franchise that started it all for Pixar returns this month with Woody, Buzz and Co. finding themselves in a daycare center where they encounter a gaggle of new toys and an army of untamed toddlers. Bet on a rollicking affair that’s as sweet as it is silly. JUNE 18

7 THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Jazz great Herbie Hancock turned 70 this year, but he’s not even close to slowing down. For his new album, The Imagine Project, he trekked to Mumbai, São Paulo and Paris to collaborate with the likes of Seal, Chaka Khan and Malian crooner Oumou Sangare. JUNE 21

8 THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Watch your neck: Vampires are out in full force this month. With bloodsuckers once again invading the big screen (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), the small screen (True Blood) and the bookshelf (The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner), it’s a good time to invest in some garlic.

9 IT’S A WILD WORLD

Filmed over 3,000 days on all seven continents, Life, out on DVD this month, is a riveting 11-part documentary from the BBC that takes viewers on a journey from the murky sea to the open African savannah to witness the natural world in stunning high-definition. Narrator Oprah Winfrey tags along for the ride. JUNE 1

Jimmy Cliff

The reggae master returns.

By Alan Light

10 BEFORE THERE WAS

Bob Marley, there was Jimmy Cliff. While Marley would eventually become reggae’s best-known ambassador— and the world’s best-loved musician—Cliff paved the way in the mid-’60s with a string of hits, including the album and film The Harder They Come, and steadily churned them out well into the ’90s. Bob Dylan said that Cliff’s “Vietnam” was the best protest song he had ever heard, and artists from Bruce Springsteen to Cher to Willie Nelson recorded such Cliff compositions as “Many Rivers to Cross” and “Sittin’ in Limbo.”

In March, Jimmy Cliffearned some overdue recognition when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Everything comes to fruition in its right time,” he says on the phone from Paris a few days before the ceremony. “I’ve done a body of work, and sometimes that gets noticed early, sometimes late, sometimes when you’re alive and sometimes after you’re gone.”

Cliff is following this moment in the spotlight with the forthcoming Existence, his first new album since 2004, and a series of concerts in the U.S. and Canada, including a stop at the Bonnaroo festival in June (see “Boom Town,” page 76). “I’m coming back to tour after five years because I have something new I want to say,” he said. “Lots of people are hopeless and despondent, and I want to motivate, stimulate and encourage people in this age to appreciate their lives.”

Photographs By Astrid Stawlarz/Wireimage (Crosley), Kevin Kane/Wireimage (Edge), Kevin Mazur (Bono), Kevin Winter/Getty (Clayton), Sony (Mclachlan), Disney/Pixar (Toy Story), Souders/Corbis (Frog), Michael Ochs Archive/Getty (Cliff), Corbis (Penguins), Eric Charbonneau/Wireimage (Pattinson), Jason Merritt/Getty (Hancock), Summit Entertainment (Twilight), HBO (True Blood)

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