April 20, 2004

Toots And The Maytals: True Love

Toots Hibbert entered the collaboration game, but left the teenyboppers and exposed boobs off the lineup, opting for a more mature, authentic all-star cast to join him on True Love. The result is far from a Maytals reggae classic, but it

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John Lennon’s Last Sketch For Sale At $325,000

A signed sketch believed to be the last thing John Lennon wrote before being assassinated about half an hour later is on sale for $325,000, the former switchboard operator to whom he gave it said on Monday.

Rabiah Seminole said she was working at the Record Plant recording studios in Manhattan on Dec. 8, 1980 when Lennon left the building with Yoko Ono at about 10:25 p.m.

She asked him for an autograph and he dashed off a sketch of two faces, signing it “for Ribeah, love, John.” Ono also signed it.

The former Beatle was shot and killed by Mark Chapman when he arrived back at his apartment just before 11 p.m.

Seminole said she had decided to sell the sketch to raise money for a horse rescue center she runs in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement and Rescue Center is home to 27 horses who have suffered such injuries as broken legs, gunshot wounds and abuse. One horse had his eye poked out by a former owner, she said.

Damage from a hurricane last fall has put a strain on the rescue center’s finances, she said.

The sketch and autograph by Lennon is being sold online by dealer Gary Zimet on a site called www.momentsintime.com.

“Drawings like this are fairly common from him. He probably did thousands of these in his lifetime,” he said. “But what is special is it’s the last thing he ever wrote. That puts it in a league by itself.”

Last fall, a copy of Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to the song “Nowhere Man” fetched $455,000 in an auction at Christie’s.

Source yahoo.com.

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Radiohead Busts Out Rarities For Japan Tour Closer

Radiohead concluded the first leg of their 2004 Tour with a 23,000 sell-out show at Tokyo’s Makuhari Messe Sunday night.

It was the second of two shows at the venue and the final gig of a Japanese jaunt that has also included two shows in Osaka. The tour is coinciding with the Japan only release of the B-Sides compilation Com Lag: 2+2=5, as well as closing the promotional campaign for last year`s Hail To The Thief album.

The setlist included the seldom played “Bullet Proof (I Wish I Was)” and a rare performance of the recently resurrected “Planet Telex” which has not been played live for over a year.

The full setlist was:

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RIAA Cancels File Sharing “Clean Slate” Program

The music industry’s trade group has ended a program that offered to prevent people from being sued by recording companies if the downloaders admitted to illegally sharing music online, according to court documents.

The Recording Industry Association of America launched the “Clean Slate” program in September, when it embarked on a strategy of suing individual computer users for copyright infringement.

The program required individuals to acknowledge in writing that they shared music files online and then remove the files from their computers. In exchange, the RIAA pledged not to target them in its lawsuit campaign.

While hundreds signed up, critics dismissed the program, saying the trade group could not possibly guarantee that anyone who admitted to file-sharing would not be the target of a lawsuit.

In its motion, the trade group explained that it no longer deems the program useful because it considers the public educated or aware enough now to know that they could be sued for file-sharing. The RIAA added that the number of people stepping forward to participate in the program has slowed “to a trickle.”

Source launch.com.

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Kurt Cobain Movie For WB Network Planned

An original movie about the life of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is being developed by the WB Network, according to Billboard.com. The WB has bought the rights to Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography Of Kurt Cobain, written by journalist Charles Cross and published in 2001. A screenwriter has already been hired to pen a script for the film, although there’s no word on a director or star.

The film will reportedly follow Cobain’s life from his troubled youth in Washington state to his emergence as an alternative rock icon with Nirvana. Cobain’s struggles with depression and drug abuse will also be explored, along with his turbulent relationship with wife Courtney Love.

A WB executive said that the network may air a public service announcement about depression after the film.

April 5 was the tenth anniversary of Cobain’s suicide. He shot himself to death at his Seattle home, where his body was discovered three days later.

Source Launch.com.

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Strange Creek Campout Lineup Announced

The New England based Wormtown Trading Company has announced the initial line-up of the Strange Creek Campout set for May 29-30, 2004. Taking place at Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield, MA, the roster includes Max Creek, The Breakfast, Strangefolk, Jiggle, Uncle Billys Smokehouse, Depth Quartet, Oak Street, Rev Tor Band, Dr. Juice, Gordon Stone Band, Josh Teter & The Late Messengers, Luke Patchen, The Brew, Ed

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