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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday Rock Roundup

Today's the anniversary of the birth of The left-wing Oklahoma folksinger, guitarist and prolific songwriter ("This Land Is Your Land," "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You"), a primary inspiration on Bob Dylan and the father of singer Arlo Guthrie, died of Huntington's chorea on October 3rd, 1967 at 55. David Carradine played him in a 1976 bio pic, Bound for Glory. Guthrie was born on this date in 1912.

A new Beatles book featuring all the artwork from their albums will be released this fall. Box of Vision is a 200-page LP-sized book that includes the artwork and liner notes for the Fab Four's original albums, including the US versions of their early albums and later releases such as Love and Let It Be...Naked. Box of Vision also features room for fans to store the CD versions of the albums inside the book. The Beatles' website is now streaming an excerpt of the new mini-documentary about the making of the album Revolver. The mini-doc is one of 13 short films that are featured on each of the re-mastered albums due out on September 9th.

Randy Bachman is asking people on his Twitter page to subscribe to his YouTube page, promising to upload high def concert footage weekly.

The Logo network will air a documentary paying tribute to Stevie Nicks as the premiere episode of its New Now Next Icons series -- which honors artists who've become gay icons. The show airs on Sunday night.


While he was knee deep in his Archives project over the past few years, Neil Young also took the time to re-master his first four albums, which are being re-released today. They are his self-titled debut and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, both released in 1969; 1970's After the Gold Rush; and 1972's Harvest.

It's a bare-bones video bin this week...The true horror tale A Haunting in Connecticut stars Virginia Madsen (Sideways) and Elias Koteas as a couple that seeks an exorcism to rid their former-mortuary home of ghouls. The based-in-fact HBO movie Grey Gardens stars Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange as eccentric relatives of Jackie Onassis. And season 2 of Mad Men is the only TV that's gone digital this week.