Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rock News

--A hand-written and illustrated sign made by John Lennon for his and Yoko Ono's bed-in for peace has fetched more than $150,000 at auction. The sign, which read "BED PEACE" in black marker on cardboard, and featuring pen drawings of Lennon and Ono, was posted in the window directly behind the couple during their seven day "bed-in" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal in May of 1969.

--Before Sunrise actress Julie Deply has signed on to direct a biopic about late Clash guitarist/vocalist Joe Strummer. The film, tentatively entitled "The Right Profile" (after the Clash song from the album London Calling) will focus on Strummer's self-imposed exile after disbanding The Clash in 1986, up to his sudden death from congenital heart failure in 2002.

--A group of musicians, including Lou Reed, Tom Morello (of Rage Against The Machine, Nightwatchman,) Amanda Palmer,  nd Jello Biafra have collaborate to help launch a new website,, in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  The site is designed to help musicians, producers, and songwriters to organize performances, and is a companion to the websites Occupy Writers, Occupy Filmmakers and Occupy Comics.

--Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit may have to become a barbershop quartet. At least, that is what Isbell recently posted on his Facebook.  The band's van, containing all their equipments, was recently stolen, in broad daylight, from outside their hotel in Dallas, Texas. The van was recovered a few miles away with the locks knocked off, but the equipment was gone. A list is being circulated with detail of the nearly $20,000 of stolen equipment, in the hopes that it will be identified when-and-if the equipment is sold; but Isbell "[doubts] it will happen." In the meantime the band has been forced to delay its current tour and work on replacing it's equipment. 

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