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John Fogerty lands book deal

Add one of rock `n’ roll’s most admired and most uncompromising stars to the list of memoir writers: John Fogerty.

The former frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revival has a deal with Little, Brown and Co., the publisher announced Monday. The book is scheduled for 2014 and is untitled. Fogerty, 67, is known for writing and singing such classics as “Proud Mary” and “Bad Moon Rising” and for his clashes with band members and record executives.

“I want to tell the story of how I fought — hard — to maintain my artistic integrity in the face of opposing forces,” Fogerty said in a statement issued through Little, Brown and Co., which in 2010 published Keith Richards’ million-selling Life. READ FULL STORY

'Experiencing Nirvana': Check out never-before-seen photos of Kurt Cobain on Nirvana's first tour of Europe - EXCLUSIVE

Most of the narratives associated with legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain are steeped in tragedy: He was painfully self-conscious about selling out, suffered from a debilitating undiagnosed stomach ailment, struggled with drugs, and ultimately took his own life, leaving an infant daughter behind.

But all those tales came after Nirvana became the biggest band in the world following the overwhelming success of 1991’s Nevermind. There are plenty of stories to be told about the band prior to its ascendence, when they were just another loud bunch of punk kids from Seattle making noise because it was fun.

One of those narratives arises in Experiencing Nirvana, a new ebook (available Tuesday, November 13) featuring photos and recollections by Bruce Pavitt, who co-founded Sub Pop Records, Nirvana’s original label. The book centers around a series of pictures taken by Pavitt over the course of an eight-day run across Europe in the fall of 1989.

Nirvana was on the road with fellow Sub Poppers Tad, both of whom were on a collision course with Mudhoney as part of the label-curated Lamefest UK at London’s Astoria Theatre. The show ended up being a definitive moment for Nirvana; they managed to capture the attention of the taste-making British music press, an accomplishment that built buzz exponentially and started a domino effect that eventually led to the hugeness of Nevermind.

Pavitt’s photos, taken on the fly with a pocket-sized Olympus, reveal a would-be superstar still in development. READ FULL STORY

Check out the first song from 'For the Sender,' an album based on letters and featuring members of Switchfoot, Nickel Creek, and more

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A few years ago, singer/songwriter Alex Woodard offered a fair trade for his devoted fans: Anybody who pre-ordered his new album and sent him a letter about his or her story would get a free song written specifically about that narrative.

That album came and went, but the letters kept coming. Eventually, Woodard realized that people were sharing incredible stories with him, from tales of grief over lost loved ones to first-hand accounts of post-earthquake Haiti. He showed the letters to some of his musician friends who regularly came over for “family dinners,” and eventually they turned four different letters into 12 different songs.

The result is For the Sender, a book about the letters as well as the loss of Woodard’s beloved dog Kona. It comes with a the accompanying album of songs (plus an extra that Woodard wrote for the late pooch). The lovely results came courtesy of his multi-talented cast of friends, including members of Switchfoot, Nickel Creek, New Found Glory, and the Wallflowers.

The best part? Proceeds from each song will go to a charity of the letter-sender’s choice.

Check out the project’s trailer below. READ FULL STORY

E L James is releasing a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' album

After inspiring a sudden burst in sales of  Thomas Tallis’ choral work “Spem In Alium,” E L James has decided to take the next logical step in building her Fifty Shades of Grey empire: she’s releasing a companion album.

Unlike the Fifty Shades of Grey “soundtrack” playlist listed on the bestselling author’s official site, this record will feature strictly classical music. James has personally selected 15 works from her BDSM blockbuster trilogy (Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed) to include on an album to be released by EMI as a digital release on Aug. 15, with a physical version following on Sept. 18.

According to EMI, the album “aims to provide the perfect accompaniment to the Fifty Shades reading experience, setting a mysterious and alluring atmosphere with just the slightest hint of danger…”

In a statement, James said that she was “thrilled that the classical pieces that inspired me while I wrote the Fifty Shades trilogy are being brought together in one collection for all lovers of the books to enjoy.” READ FULL STORY

Elton John says he 'wasted' too much of his life on drugs

Not only did Elton John’s new book Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS hit shelves today, but the Sir himself also hit the Today show this morning.

In the first half of his two-part interview with Matt Lauer (the other portion will air on tomorrow’s program), the 65-year-old musician admitted that he’s made a number of regrettable decisions in his time, many of which took place during the AIDS epidemic.

“I wasted such a big part of my life, when this epidemic was beginning to happen in the early 1980s and I was a drug addict and self-absorbed,” John told Lauer from his home. “You know, I was having people die right, left, and center around me — friends. And yet I didn’t stop the life that I had, which is the terrible thing about addiction. It’s that bad of a disease.”

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