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Rolling Stone writer Will Hermes, a former music critic at City Pages in the 1990s, has signed to write a biography of Lou Reed for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, the New York Times reports.
The working title is “Lou: A New York Life.” Reed, the Rock Hall of Famer considered the godfather of indie rock, died in October at age 71.
Hermes, a native New Yorker, has also written for Spin, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice and the New York Times, among other places. He is the author of the 2011 book, “Love Goes To Buildings On Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever,” which looked at the music of Talking Heads, the Ramones and others in the 1970s.
Watch Reed doing "Sweet Jane" on David Letterman in 1994:
At the final Talking Volumes event of the 2013 season, crime novelist (and jazz lover) Michael Connelly said he was co-producing a documentary about Minneapolis-born jazz saxophonist Frank Morgan, who died in 2007. Connelly said he often listens to jazz when he writes, especially when he's writing about his popular detective hero Harry ("Hieronymous") Bosch.
Connelly said that Morgan's family members, some of whom were in the audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Tuesday, had been very helpful in making the documentary, "Sound of Redemption," which Connelly said is likely to be released in spring 2014.
Morgan was born in Minneapolis in 1933, raised mostly in Milwaukee and then moved to Los Angeles, where drugs soon led him to an adult life spent in and out of prison. His late-in-life comeback began in the mid-1980s, and included gigs at the Dakota in Minneapolis, after he moved back to Minneapolis in 2005. The Morgan documentary is being directed by N.C. Heikin, and includes interviews as well as archival footage. James Egan is another producer.
Connelly has written about his love of Morgan's music, and how he came to the idea that detective Bosch would love it, too.
Michael Jackson and Madonna already got theirs. So have Beyonce, Drake and Adele. Cher and 50 Cent, too.
Now Prince is going to be profiled in a comic-book biography. It’s called “Fame: Prince,” published by Bluewater Productions. The 32-page comic, offered in both digital (at iTunes) and print formats (at Comic Flea Market), is available with two different covers.
Bluewater has collaborated with William Shatner, Ray Harryhausen and Vincent Price on comic projects. Next up in its biography series are Johnny Depp and Sharon Osbourne.
“Fame: Prince” author Michael Frizell admits to preferring Prince over Jackson. "Writing [it] was like reliving my teenage years,” he said in a statement. “For me, the music scene wasn’t defined by Michael Jackson, despite his success with Thriller. The 80’s, and music in general for me, were defined by Prince. He takes chances in his music, doesn’t sell out as an artist in order to make money, and still ends up on top.”
Crime writer Michael Connelly is coming to town Dec. 3.
Michael Connelly, author of "The Lincoln Lawyer" and many other best-selling crime novels, has been added to the Talking Volumes live book-club season. He will be at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul to talk about "The Gods of Guilt," his 26th novel and the fifth to feature his second most-recurring lead character, defense attorney Mickey Haller. This time around, Haller's on the case when a former client is murdered.
Minnesota is one of just four U.S. states Connelly will visit on his tour. He'll also be appearing in New York, California, Arizona and six cities in the UK.
"The Gods of Guilt" comes out Nov. 21. Read the first two chapters here: http://www.startribune.com/a2500
Advance $23 tickets go on sale Oct. 1 at noon (for Star Tribune subscribers and members of MPR and The Loft). General-public $25 tickets go on sale Oct. 8 at noon. http://fitzgerald theater.publicradio.org
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