Kurt Coabain: Montage of Heck is being labeled the first fully authorized documentary about the life of the iconic musician and is being executive produced by Cobain's daughter Frances Bean Cobain. The Documentary which is being scheduled to air on HBO in 2015. The Film is promising to feature never before seen footage including home movies, photography, artwork and recordings as well as many Nirvana performances and even unheard original Cobain songs. The announcement of "Montage of Heck" follows the release of Cobain's 80's mix tape of the same name earlier this month.
Read more on the Cobain documentary at Wondering Sound.
As Early as June James Blake revealed that his next album was as much as half way done and that work was progressing well. In a recent interview Blake reveals that the album is now roughly 70% done and could be released in as short as five months. Recent reports have suggested that Blake is working with a myriad of new production techniques and that the rumored collaboration with Kanye West is still a possibility. Read more on James Blake and his upcoming projects at SPIN.
After years of being stuck in development and pre-production a film about the life of Janis Joplin appears to finally be happening. Get It While you Can is being reported to star Amy Adams as the iconic singer songwriter, after many names have been attached to the on again off again project. With Adams officially attached, filming could begin as early as next year. Read more on the Janis Joplin Biopic at SPIN.
A recent poll in has revealed the top funeral song in Britain to be Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright side of Life" a humorous song originally featured in the comedy groups film The Life of Brian. The poll has revealed that classical songs are on the way out in the funeral business making way for more contemporary works from film and television. More can be read on this story at NME.
Plans for U2 to have a week long residency on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show have been cancelled do to injuries sustained by Bono During a cycling incident. reports suggest that Bono's arm will require surgery after reportedly being broken during a bicycle spill in New York's Central Park. Despite having to cancel their week long stay on the Tonight Show there seems to be no hard feelings between the band and Fallon and U2's official website has stated "Thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding". U2 hopes to fulfill the Tonight Show residency at a later date.
Read more on Bono's injury and Tonight show cancellation, at NME.
Neil Young has called for his fans to boycott Starbucks products due to the company's ties with Monsanto, a company involved in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont over genetically modified organism legislation. A law was passed in Vermont requiring food producers label all foods containing GMOs which prompted Monsanto and other companies to file a lawsuit against the state. Young despite loving his morning coffee hopes that boycotting Starbucks will cause a ripple affect grabbing the attention of other companies. "Monsanto might not care what we think" says Young "But as a public facing company Starbucks does".
Read more on Neil Young's Starbucks Boycott at NME music news.
News that Jimmy Page would be doing several Book Signing events following the release of his new book Jimmy Page has had fans eagerly anticipating the opportunity to have the guitarist sign their copies. Some however may be disappointed to learn that the Signing will actually be a stamping. despite early news that Page would be signing books, official reports have indicated that Page will be using his custom stamp on all books at the events.
Big Bank Hank, born Henry Jackson passed away from cancer on Tuesday. Hank was a third of the influential rap group Sugarhill Gang along with Wonder Mike and Master Gee. The group was best known for their hit song "Rapper's Delight". Hank who lived in the Bronx during the rise of hip-hop has been one of the most prolific voices in the genre thanks to songs like "Rapper's Delight".
Read more on Big Bank Hank and the legacy of Sugarhill Gang at Rollingstone.
Virgin owner Richard Branson offered the remaining members of Led Zeppelin a sum of cash around $800 million to tour 35 dates across three major cities. according to reports most of the group were ready to sign with the exception of Robert Plant. Plant reportedly ripped up his contract in front of tour promoters, and the entire project has been cancelled. More can be read on Robert Plant and the now defunct Zeppelin reunion at Ultimate Classic Rock.
In other Led Zeppelin news the mystery behind the title of Houses of the Holy has been addressed in an interview with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Page explains that the reason that Houses of the Holy was not simply Led Zeppelin V like the preceding albums had been I, II, IV was that he at the time did not want the title to read as Led Zeppelin Victory Sign. Popular theory has suggested that the title had occultist origins or even simply signaled a change in musical style but says this was never the case. You can find more on this interview with Page at Consequence of Sound.
Rick Rosas a bassist for Neil Young has died at the age of 65. Rosas has performed over the years with artists like Crosby Stills and Nash, Rom Wood, Buffalo Springfield and Jerry Lee Lewis. The cause of death is at this time unknown. Read more on the Rosas's legacy at Ultimate Classic Rock.
Murder for hire charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd have been dropped in New Zealand. Rudd was recently accused by New Zealand police of arranging a hit man to execute two killings. Prosecutes have since taken over the case and the murder charges have been dropped. Rudd still faces serious charges including possession of Marijuana. AC/DC has gone on record as saying that Rudds arrest and legal issues will not affect the bands upcoming tour. More on Rudd's arrest and AC/DC's tour can be found at ABC.
According to a new book by Glyn Johns there was once the possibility of Bob Dylan uniting The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for an album. Johns says that Dylan approached him in the '60s with the idea and charged him with finding out if the bands would be interested. Johns said that while he and some members of both bands were interested there were two many hold outs including Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. Read more on this story and more at Consequence of Sound.