An online museum featuring Bruce Springsteen memorabilia is set to launch next month (Jun14). BlindedByTheLight.com's debut will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the release of The Boss' Born in the U.S.A. album, and will feature 300 collected artefacts from the rocker's life and career, including handwritten lyrics, passport photos and even school report cards, according to RollingStone.com.
Michael Crane, the site's founder, will also give away contest prizes every six months.
This isn't the first museum exhibit dedicated to 64-year-old Springsteen - in 2012, the From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen display featured at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The original handwritten lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's iconic song Born To Run are to be displayed in public for the first time - and they reveal some startling differences from the finished track. In December (13), the draft lyrics for the 1975 classic smashed estimates after going under the hammer at Sotheby's auction house in New York for $197,000 (£131,330), almost double the estimate of $100,000 (£66,670).
The mystery buyer has now revealed himself as Floyd Bradley, from California, who is loaning the lyric sheet to officials at Duke University in North Carolina, where both his daughter, Melissa, and Springsteen's daughter, Jessica, are due to graduate this weekend (09-11May14).
The sheet of words will be displayed at the university's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library from 12 May to 27 June (14), and a preview look has revealed Springsteen's initial draft of the song was a lot different to the eventual lyrics.
There is no mention of the writer's lover 'Wendy', who features heavily in the finished track, and instead Springsteen makes several references to a "gold Chevy 6" car, that were later removed from the song.
The lyric sheet also features Springsteen's margin notes, which include the words "wild angels" and "the rebels", but despite the differences, the song's famous hook - "Tramps like us/Baby we were born to run" - is featured in the chorus.
Meg Brown, exhibit librarian at Duke University, says, "Something as iconic as this song, it's going to be important to American history. It came in at a time with a lot of change in American history and it made a significant difference."
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If anyone deserves a well-crafted and considerate biopic from Hollywood, it's Tupac Shakur. The rapper, whose life story has risen to the stuff of legend, is in serious need of his own film. Tupac was full of intelligence and dark charisma, and his passionate lyrics were sharp enough to cut through the thick fog of mid '90s competition as he brought a hard-edged originality to West Coast hip hop. He was a singularly interesting and multi-faceted figure, and it's almost sacrosanct that his story is depicted on film the right way. Now, director John Singleton has stepped up to the task. The filmmaker, who actually knew Shakur personally after directing him in the 1993 film Poetic Justice, is set to helm the long-awaited biopic. Singleton, who was originally linked to the project back in 2011, has inked a new deal to rewrite, produce, and direct the film. The task of bringing Tupac's story to the big screen is not one for the faint of heart, and there are several ways that such a touchy project could go seriously wrong. Since his death, Tupac has become nothing short of a mythic figure in the music world, and there's a load of pressure weighing on Singleton brining his story to the big screen just right. Here are the thing's that the director would need to focus on in order to create a great Tupac biopic.
His Early InfluencesTupac Amaru Shakur, whose name originates from a Peruvian revolutionary that fought for his freedom against Spanish rule, has an incredibly interesting childhood. While most biopics would do better to steer away from focusing on the entire life of their subjects Tupac's early life is actually quite fascinating and the story would actually flourish from spending at least a little time examining the rapper's beginnings. Tupac's parents, Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland, were both high ranking members of the Black Panther Party, and just a month before Tupac was born, his mother was acquitted of charges against the United States. Tupac's stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, spent time on the FBI's Most Wanted list, and was imprisoned for planning an armored truck robbery for the Black Liberation Army. His parents' controversial political affiliations and ideologies clearly trickled down into his music, and that influence is worth a mention, even if it's a quick one.
The MusicEven though his life outside of his lyrics almost threatened to overshadow his music, Tupac was primarily a musician when all was said and done. The man himself is a legend, but it was the music that burrowed its way into our hearts and minds. A big focus of the biopic needs to be dedicated to recreating the his music respectfully. We should get a glimpse at Tupac's creative method, and witness the genesis of his biggest hits, and most noteworthy songs. Singleton only needs to look towards 2005's Hustle and Flow to see how to really capture hip hop's creative process in a truly affecting way.
The East Coast/West Coast RivalryIt may be obvious to say, but a large portion of the film should focus on the deadly rivalry that brought Tupac's life to an end. The music feud that escalated from verbal jabs in song lyrics to real violence that spilled it's way onto the streets was hip hop's darkest hour, and should be given it's due reverence. Tupac's death, and the later death of his chief rival, The Notorious B.I.G., changed rap music and music in general forever. the complicated and intriguing story needs to be heavily examined.
ParanoiaDuring the early to mid '90s, The East Coast/West Coast rivalry racheted up a couple dozen notches after Tupac was shot by unknown assailants at Quad studios, an attack that he believed to be orchestrated by Sean "P.Diddy" Combs, Biggie, and other members of Bad Boy Records. Because of this and other events, Tupac was incredibly paranoid in the last few years of his life, and these feelings seeped their way into the lyrics of his songs like "Hit em Up" and "Hail Mary." We should see that paranoia play out on screen in Tupac's depiction.
No SugarcoatingFor all his talents, Tupac Shakur was still only human at the end of the day. He was deeply flawed man and his brushes with trouble, including constant and pervasive legal issues, an alleged sexual assault, various physical altercations, and the mysterious shooting of a six-year-old, are all a part of his legend. In order to tell a truthful tale about Tupac's life, Singleton shouldn't gloss over the more unpleasant details. It would be doing him a disservice not to highlight the messier parts of his history.
Metta World Peace, born Ron Artest, is kind of a big deal. He balls for the New York Knicks, and he's one of those guys that you kinda want to follow on Twitter, even if you know nothing about sports. You may think you're a fan of the one they call Metta, but this Philippines band just took fandom to a whole 'nother level. Enter PerkyWasted (yup) and their new track, Metta World Peace:
Yes. That just happened in a real way. And in case you missed it, here are some of the best lyrics:
"He used to play for the Lakers, but now he plays for the Knicks/His name was Ron Artest, but now it's Metta World Peace!" Don't act like you weren't into it, when you clearly were.
The guys of PerkyWasted hail from Quezon City, making Quezon City now the coolest place in the world. We would to request that they go on to make similar tracks for other pop culture figures. If they can go ahead and write a little diddy for Kerry Washington, we'd greatly appreciate it. KthanksbyePerkyWasted.
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Rocker Bruce Springsteen lampooned an embattled politician from his native New Jersey by performing a parody version of his hit Born To Run on U.S. TV. The Boss took aim at the state's Governor Chris Christie during an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, mocking the politician's alleged involvement in a scheme which brought traffic chaos to New Jersey and New York City by closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge.
Springsteen teamed up with Fallon to perform a comedy version of Born To Run, with lyrics mocking Christie and the bridge scandal, singing, "You got Wall Street masters stuck cheek-to-cheek with blue collar truckers/ and man I really got to take a leak, but I can't, I'm stuck in Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee, New Jersey, traffic jam."
Christie is reportedly a big fan of Springsteen's music.
Last week, Lana Del Rey debuted her highly anticipated short film Tropico at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Drastically raising the stakes on the growing trend of extended music videos, Tropico is a 27-minute feature written by Lana Del Rey and set to three songs ("Body Electric," "Gods and Monsters," and "Bel Air") from the Paradise Edition of her album Born To Die. Tropico proves to be consistent with the underlying theme of her music, and brings the filtered, exaggerated visuals and interesting characters that have set her videos aside from the rest.
Her love interest is played by African-American albino model Shaun Ross. They begin the film in the garden of Eden, listening to the manifestos of John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Jesus Christ, each sharing a piece of their virtues simultaneously in a prelude to "Body Electric." Lana eventually takes a bite of the apple, and is led into a life of corruption for the next song, "Gods and Monsters." Things take an interesting turn as she's shown living a demoralized life as a stripper. Guns, drugs and violence are prevalent, and the scenes match up perfectly with the sinister and disturbing lyrics of the song. Using her poetry to transition between songs, she says "And so, from being created in his likeness to being banished for wanting to be too much like him, we were cast out. And the garden of Eden became the garden of evil. Los Angeles, the land of Gods and Monsters." After a violent climax, the tension is lifted for the last song featured, "Bel Air." Lana Del Rey and Shaun Ross are on a hillside in the sunset, seemingly having made it out of their life of corruption and back to a life of morality.
Although it's not the first time an artist has referred to biblical scenarios or made lengthy videos to accompany their songs, it appears that Lana Del Rey has in fact stepped into unprecedented territory with Tropico. The story of the film seems to give explanation not only to the songs, but to Lana Del Rey's entire persona. The image she's portraying of a down-trodden free spirit is cohesive with her music, and the artistic qualities of Tropico still reflect the original music videos that she shot with a webcam before they went viral and launched her career. She announced at the premiere that she's "visually closing a chapter" before releasing Ultra-Violence, her new album in progress.
Congolese singer Tabu Ley Rochereau has died. Rochereau, born Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu, passed away on 30 November (13) in Brussels, Belgium, where he had been undergoing treatment for a stroke he suffered in 2008.
Reports surrounding his age differ, but editors at Los Angeles Times state he was 73 at the time of his death.
The singer rose to fame in 1959, when he teamed up with African Jazz to record his first hit recording, Kelya.
He quit the band in 1963 and went on to form African Fiesta Flash, which became one of the most successful bands in the nation's history.
By 1970, the group had sold over a million copies of their records and they enjoyed hits with songs like Afrika Mokili Mobimba.
The musician would go on to form Orchestre Afrisa International in 1970, and, by 1990, he began to record songs with English lyrics for a broader appeal.
He was also very active in politics, taking on various government roles in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, such as cabinet minister, Vice-Governor and provincial minister of culture.
The guitar folk icon Bob Dylan used as he attempted to relaunch himself as an electric rock 'n' roll star in 1965 has gone under the hammer for a record-breaking $965,000 (£643,330). The legendary musician strummed the 1964 Fender Stratocaster as he took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island to perform three new tracks that failed to win over the crowd. The set even prompted some of his acoustic-loving fans to boo.
Dylan left the instrument on a private plane after the disastrous gig, and it was expected to fetch up to $500,000 (£333,330) at auction.
However, bidding at the Christie's New York sale on Friday (06Dec13) was fierce and the item was eventually snapped up for the six-figure sum - a world auction record for a guitar, according to sale officials.
A statement from Christie's specialist Tom Lecky reads: "A tremendous amount of international interest was generated at the time of the sale's announcement, and today's result justifies the mythic status of this guitar in the annals of music history."
The previous record for a guitar was set in 2004, when Eric Clapton's Fender Stratocaster sold for $959,500 (£639,670).
The Christie's auction also featured five Dylan lyric sheets, with prices ranging from $3,000 (£2,000) to $30,000 (£20,000), but only one of the lots managed to sell at a price of $20,000 (£13,330).
The high-profile sale took place a day after an early draft of lyrics for Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run song classic went under the hammer for $197,000 (£131,330).
A handwritten manuscript of Bruce Springsteen's 1975 classic Born To Run has smashed auction estimates after going under the hammer for $197,000 (£131,330). Many of the lyrics featured in the early draft of the Boss' signature song never made it into the finished track, although the piece of rock 'n' roll history included a "nearly perfected chorus", according to officials at Sotheby's auction house in New York.
The 1974 document was valued at up to $100,000 (£66,670), but it was snapped up by a mystery buyer on Thursday (05Dec13) for almost double the estimate.
The lyric sheet was discovered in a collection of memorabilia previously owned by the rocker's former manager, Mike Appel.
Bruce Springsteen's handwritten manuscript for an early draft of his classic hit Born To Run is going up for auction. The singer's signature song was originally written on a single sheet of ruled notepaper, and now the piece of rock 'n' roll history is on sale.
It contains early ideas for lyrics which never made it into the finished track, and is expected to fetch up to $100,000 (£66,667).
The seller was not revealed but a Sotheby's auction house representative in New York City says the document was part of a collection from Springsteen's former manager, Mike Appel.
Most of the lines in this 1974 version are unpublished and unrecorded, but the manuscript does include "a nearly perfected chorus".
Springsteen's lyrics will be part of an auction of fine books and manuscripts, to be held on 5 December (13).