Artifacts and memorabilia linked to veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon are to be exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio as part of a career tribute. The Sound of Silence hitmaker has joined forces with museum bosses to provide items for the fabled venue's first-ever first-person narrative.
The Paul Simon: Words & Music display will feature more than 80 items from his lengthy career, including his first acoustic guitar, a letter a teenage Simon wrote from summer camp to Art Garfunkel - with whom he would go on to form Simon & Garfunkel, and the folk duo's original recording contract.
The show opens on Thursday (30Oct14).
Simon is a double Hall of Fame honouree - he was inducted as one half of Simon & Garfunkel in 1990 and as a solo performer in 2001.
Grammy Award-winning music producer Cosimo Matassa has died, aged 88. Matassa died on Thursday (11Sep14) in New Orleans, Louisiana after a long battle with ill health following a stroke in 2009.
The producer and studio owner recorded many rock and R&B hits between the 1950s and 1970s, including records by Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, and Ernie K-Doe.
Matassa was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame for his contribution to the industry in 2007, the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio as a non-performer in 2012, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.
His J&M Recording Studio was declared an historic landmark in 2010, and in 2007, he was honoured with a special Grammy Trustees Award and received an honorary degree by Loyola University in the city in 2011.
He retired from the music industry in 1980s.
Revered Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest has quit as music director of the world-famous Vienna State Opera. The 54 year old announced his immediate resignation from the post on Friday (05Sep14), citing creative differences with the group's director Dominique Meyer for his decision to walk away from the job he has held since 2007.
His contract had not been due to expire until 2018.
In his resignation letter, Welser-Moest, who also serves as the music director for Ohio's Cleveland Orchestra, revealed he had attempted to resolve his issues with Meyer, but declared, "differences over artistic issues were not solvable in several meetings".
Meyer has branded the conductor's exit "a great loss".
A replacement has yet to be announced.
Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill are among the star-studded musicians who have been tapped to pay homage to the Everly Brothers at an upcoming tribute concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In July (14), officials at the Cleveland, Ohio music Mecca announced that the sibling duo will be honoured as part of the organisation's 19th annual Music Masters series on 25 October (14).
Singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell will host the event, with acclaimed musicians Harris, Gill, Graham Nash, the Secret Sisters, Peter Asher and Shelby Lynne among the performers set to take to the stage.
Surviving member Don Everly will be present for the gig, and the concert has been billed as "the first major tribute in which the family will participate since Phil's passing".
Phil Everly died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in January (14), and on the eve of the Grammy Awards on 25 January (14), Phil's widow Patti, quickly organised a tribute concert at the Troubadour venue in Los Angeles, where Crowell was joined by Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Joe Henry, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids.
The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 1986.
The ashes of rock 'n' roll pioneer/beloved radio DJ Alan Freed were removed from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to make room for more music memorabilia. Freed was a popular DJ in the museum's hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and his remains have been featured there for the past 12 years.
However, on Friday (01Aug14), Freed's urn was taken home by his son Lance Freed, as the Hall of Fame's Executive Director Greg Harris notes the museum is "moving away from exhibiting remains, as ashes don't help tell a story".
The DJ, who is credited for first using the term "rock 'n' roll" and heavily promoting African-American blues and rock artists, will now be commemorated in the Pioneers of Rock exhibit, as opposed to his own space.
Lance has shared his disappointment in the move, telling Ohio newspaper Plain Dealer that Harris' decision is "pushing him (Freed) to the side," adding, "It's making him part of the passing parade, rather than a place where people can say, 'Hey this is the guy who helped start it all.'"
The move coincides with a new exhibit featuring Beyonce's most memorable fashion items, which opened two weeks ago (22Jul14).
A man who went missing while attending a Jason Aldean concert in Cleveland, Ohio last week (ends18Jul14) has been found dead. Cory Barron had been at the Progressive Field gig with a group of friends on Friday (18Jul14), but he disappeared midway through the show.
His pals tried desperately to contact him, to no avail, and he was reported missing to police on Saturday (19Jul14).
A search came to a tragic end on Tuesday (22Jul14), when the 22 year old's body was discovered in a local landfill among trash from a dumpster at the stadium.
Barron's cause of death is still under investigation, but cops believe he may have fallen into a trash chute at the concert venue and landed in the dumpster.
The news was brought to Aldean's attention on Tuesday, and he took to his Twitter.com account to share his condolences, writing, "My sincere condolences go out to Cory Barron's family and friends. My heart is heavy for you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers."
SLASH, Joan Jett and Billy Corgan were honoured with career achievement prizes at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards (APMA) in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night (21Jul14). The former Guns N' Roses star was presented with the Guitar Legend Award by Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry, Jett accepted the Icon Award, and Smashing Pumpkins rocker Corgan was handed the Vanguard Award during the ceremony at Voinovich Park, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building.
Corgan said of the awards ceremony, "What's great about Alternative Press is it still kind of stands for the alternative counter culture. Maybe it's not as much of a counter culture as it once... I'm happy to just be part of the alternative culture," while Slash added in a post on Twitter.com, "Receiving the Gtr (Guitar) Legend award from APMA was quite the honour. Receiving it from friend & mentor Joe Perry put it over the top."
Other winners included Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie, who won the Best Vocalist prize and took to the stage to perform Frank Sinatra classics Luck Be A Lady and Fly Me To The Moon with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
The show, hosted by Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus, also included performances from The Misfits, Fall Out Boy and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
Beyonce is to take up a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nearly 20 years before she is eligible for admission as bosses launch an exhibition dedicated to the pop superstar.
The singer's stage costumes from her 2013 Super Bowl performance will be put on display at the institute's museum in Cleveland, Ohio alongside pieces from music legends including Michael Jackson and David Bowie.
The exhibition will also feature the iconic leotard she wore in her Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) video, an outfit from her Crazy in Love promo and a Givenchy gown worn to the 2012 Met Gala in New York City.
Curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger says of the exhibition, "We felt that (Beyonce) really needed to take her rightful place alongside Aretha Franklin and the Supremes and Janis Joplin."
A spokesperson for Beyonce adds, "For an artist to be able to have a presence where all of her idols and mentors live, it is a big deal. It's very meaningful to an artist when you feel like you've accomplished certain levels and to be asked to be part of this before she's eligible, I think that's really special."
Beyonce will first become eligible for a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022 as a member of Destiny's Child, and as a solo artist in 2027. The Beyonce show will debut at the museum on Tuesday (22Jul14).
A signature guitar used onstage by The Who's Pete Townshend back in the 1970s is up for auction online. The red Gibson SG the rocker played during a gig in Cleveland, Ohio and later gifted to local DJ David Spero has gone on sale as part of Lelands.com's Spring 2014 Catalog Auction.
The axe featured a reserve price of $2,500 (£1,471), but it had already attracted bids of more than $3,327 (£1,957) as WENN went to press.
The Gibson SG also comes with a letter of authenticity from Spero, who went on to become the personal manager of Townshend's pal Joe Walsh.
The guitar isn't the only piece of The Who memorabilia up for grabs - music equipment believed to have been used by late drummer Keith Moon during the band's Quadrophenia Tour around 1973 and 1974 have also been placed under the hammer with a reserve of $1,000 (£588). That lot, featuring bronze timbale drums, a cymbal, two drum heads and Moon's drum stool, had yet to attract any bids at press time.
The auction ends on 25 July (14).
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Is there anything as relatable and resonant as the coming-of-age film? Throughout our lives, select few of us will ever save the world, fall in love with a computer, or beat back an ape rebellion in blockbuster fashion. But almost everyone knows what it feels like to grow up. The joys, pain, wonders, and hard truths coupled with growing older are universally felt. The best films in the genre can make us feel like they have a direct line to our souls, and the experience of watching our own truths play out on screen is something special. In celebration of Boyhood, Richard Linklater's childhood epic 12 years in the making, our staff members share their favorite coming of age films, and why they mean so much to them.
The Breakfast Club, Julia EmmanueleI wasn't yet a teenager the first time I watched The Breakfast Club, but I still remember thinking that for the first time in my life, it felt like someone really understood what growing up was like. Whether it was the terror of growing up or their struggles to be who they wanted to be, rather than what their parents expected, or the facades they put up to fit in or keep other people out, I saw some of myself in every one of these characters; I still do, despite all the years that have passed since. And even though it never alleviated my fears about becoming an adult, it did give me five people who felt the same, and that’s been enough.
Thirteen, Cory MahoneyThirteen is probably the scariest movie of 2003. Co-written by 15-year-old Nikki Reed, the film opens with two 13-year-old girls high from huffing and hitting each other. Dealing with topics from teens cutting, partying, and sexual experimentation to parents with addictions and unconventional families (to say the least), the film was at once terrifying and relatable. The memorable lines ("No bra, no panties" or "The Itsy Bitsy Spider dropped acid in the park"), like this film, will always remain in my teen memories, whether I want them to or not.
Stand By Me, Jordan SmithThe saddest part in Stand by Me is that after that epic summer day filled with leech attacks, random deer, evil Keifer Sutherland, and boyhood intimacy, Richard Dreyfuss’ voiceover explains how the four main characters couldn’t stay friends forever. How life pulled them in different directions. It’s a brutal lesson to punctuate the film with, but a vital one. Life changes. It always does. It has to. But when you’re young, everything feels like forever. All those little moments and tiny tragedies felt so sacrosanct. I swore I’d know my childhood friends forever. Who knew years later, I’d be fumbling for their names.
City of God, Shannon HoustonWith the incredible non-linear storytelling, the stunning cinematography, and all of the gangsta stuff going down, it’s easy to forget that City of God is really a coming-of-age story. I connected on so many levels with Rocket when I was 17 years old and first saw the movie in theatres. Cleveland isn’t the City of God, but I was a budding artist hoping for a way out. Watching him defy the odds, risk his life, and use his talents as a photographer to tell an incredible story that mainstream journalism couldn't tell was both empowering and inspiring.
The Goonies, Cyndi CappelloI’ll always remember the first time I watched The Goonies. Not only did I have a massive crush on Mikey, but everything about the storyline pulled me in. The older I got and more times I watched it, the more it spoke to me. I kept to myself when I was younger, and seeing the amount of trust the characters had in each other made me want to find relationships like that more than anything. Seeing the bond develop between the variously aged characters from the beginning to end of the film made me realize that you can find friendships in anyone. Thanks to The Goonies, I realized that friends can truly become part of your family.
Breaking Away, Michael ArbeiterAppropriately enough for the theme, Breaking Away is probably the only film recommendation that my mother ever gave to me. Her suggestion of the flick was inspired by my preteen proclivity to speak exclusively in Spanish and Italian phrases around our non-Spanish/Italian-speaking household, but more substantially by the "aimless, big dreaming loser" motif that she knew I'd be able to empathize with. In its paradoxical erratic lull, Breaking Away is one of the best illustrations of the graduation from childhood that we've seen on the big screen... a sweet, sad, answer-less picture that appreciates what it means to have no idea what's next.