Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rock News

--27 year old soul singer Amy Winehouse has died. The singer's body was found at her London apartment on Saturday. No official cause of death has been released, though Winehouse has struggled publicly with drugs and alcohol. She will be laid to rest in a private ceremony on Tuesday. Winehouse is survived by her parents, Mitch and Janis, her older brother, Alex, and her boyfriend, director Reg Traviss.

--Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese has finished work on his documentary George Harrison: Living In The Material World. The film, chronicling the life of the former Beatles guitaris,t includes interviews with Harrison's widow Olivia, as well as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Terry Gilliam and others. The documentary, which will feature never-before-seen home movies and photographs, is scheduled to air on HBO in two parts this October.

--Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy will release his first book, a children's book entitled Wildwood, on August 30th. The fantasy tale, set in "a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions" and features illustration by Carson Ellis. The first four chapters of the book are currently available for free on the book’s Facebook page here!

--A poll conducted by a New Jersey polling company found that if Bruce Springsteen were to enter the state's gubernatorial race, he would be tied with sitting republican governor Chris Christie. The poll, which posed the hypothetical scenario, is in response to Springsteen's harsh criticism of Christie in recent months, which included a letter to his home town paper The Asbury Press, taking Christie to task over recent state budget cuts.

--Hip Hop quintet Bone Thugs-n-Harmony have called in quits after reuniting for one final show last Saturday. The performance was part of the group’s hometown, Cleveland, Ohio's 215 birthday celebration. The members remain on good terms, but have split to pesue solo careers.

--Coming on the heels of news that his Chicago mansion is in foreclosure, R. Kelly's representatives have announced that the singer is "laid up indefinitely" following emergency throat surgery last Tuesday. Kelly was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery Tuesday after complaining of throat pain.

-- Fans have been given the chance to win a trip to NYC to see Wilco live on September 22, compliments of the band and the fine folks who have brought us Record Store Day! ( Wilco have always been vocal about their love for record stores, and they want hear why you love YOUR favorite record store. Tell them why, in their I LOVE MY RECORD STORE contest!

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