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Little Kids Rock, the national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in public schools announced the honorees for its annual benefit being held Wednesday, October 18th at PlayStation Theater in New York.
This year’s event will honor Elvis Costello with the Rocker of the Year Award, and Bonnie Raitt with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Founder and CEO of City Winery, Michael Dorf will be honored for his extensive philanthropic work, including efforts on behalf of expanding music education for underprivileged youth through the annually produced “Music of” tribute concerts.
The Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, produced by Mark Krantz and Michael Matuza brings together artists and individuals who are passionate about bringing the transformational gift of music to children in public schools across the Us. Prior years’ honorees include Smokey Robinson, Steve Miller, Steven Van Zandt, Lady Gaga, Graham Nash and Joan Jett. »
Kesha has come a long way since her chart-topping single "Tik Tok." While her journey to stardom has been filled with uphill battles, including her ongoing legal battle against record producer Dr. Luke, the "Learn to Let Go" singer is now insisting on finding happiness again. In a segment on CBS This Morning, the 30-year-old wrote a moving and heartfelt letter to her younger self about the pressures of fame, being her true authentic self, and finding the rainbow after a storm. You will no doubt openly weep over her powerful words about self-love and acceptance. Read her full message below: Dear Kesha, At this very moment, you may be wondering if it was really a good idea to drop out of high school and move to La with nothing but your grandpa's Lincoln town car and a demo tape. I've got good news and I've got bad news, and »
- Kelsie Gibson
Kesha has found light after the storm.
Ahead of the release of her third studio album, Rainbow, which drops Friday, the 30-year-old singer penned an emotional note to her 18-year-old self, opening up about her success and struggles as an artist.
Watch: Kesha Teases New Single, Thanks Fans for Love & Support
In a video broadcasted on Thursday's CBS This Morning, Kesha reads the note aloud as photos and videos of her when she was a child pop up on screen.
"Dear Kesha, at this very moment, you may be wondering if it was a really good idea to drop out of high school," Kesha, who grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, reads. "I moved to L.A. with nothing but your grandfather's Lincoln town car. I got good news and I got bad news. I know you're a tad inpatient so I'll start with good news...you made it. I thank God that this is the best »
Sinéad O’Connor achieved pop culture immortality with a soulful cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” that built on the pain and vulnerability of Prince’s original, but the tears shed in the iconic video weren’t just for show. The ethereal voice and wounded eyes masked a past marred by child abuse, incarcerations, and tragedy, and those inner demons followed her through the gilded door of fame and haunt her to this day.
They ultimately led her to a New Jersey Travelodge, where she lived a solitary existence away from family in her native Ireland, whom she claims couldn’t cope with her mental illnesses. »
- Jordan Runtagh
Glen Campbell has died. The country legend was 81.
Campbell died Tuesday in Nashville, his family confirmed in a statement posted to his website.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease … In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the CareLiving.org donation page.”
The family adds, “A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow. The family appreciates »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Todd Haynes, visionary director of “Carol” and “Far From Heaven,” is teaming longtime collaborator Christine Vachon’s Killer Films to direct his first documentary, about legendary rock group The Velvet Underground. David Blackman and Universal Music Group will also produce.
Variety reported the news out of the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, where Haynes received the Pardo d’onore Manor award for career achievement. Haynes’ debut feature “Poison,” played in festival competition in 1991. The festival screened “Wonderstruck,” the newest film from Haynes which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, alongside “Poison.”
Haynes is also working with Amazon on a limited TV series ““an intensely important figure of immense historical and cultural influence,” the director told Variety.
The new project is currently in development, but will feature interviews with the living members of the band, as »
- Jude Dry
Todd Haynes has had a long running interest in the world of music and the personalities that populate it. The director’s early short film “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story” made him one to watch, he explored the ’70s glam scene with “Velvet Goldmine,” and tried to capture the enigmatic Bob Dylan with “I’m Not There.” All of these projects were cinematic visions of their subject, but now Haynes is taking a more straight-ahead approach to one of rock ‘n roll’s most influential acts.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Todd Haynes, director of acclaimed U.S. independent milestones – “Far From Heaven,” “Carol” are just two – is teaming with Christine Vachon at Killer Films, the producer of all his films, as well as David Blackman and Universal Music Group to direct his first documentary, on the Velvet Underground, one of the most seminal rock groups in history.
Haynes also remarked that he is preparing a limited TV series with Amazon about “an intensely important figure of immense historical and cultural influence.”
The American director-screenwriter and producer confirmed the Velvet Underground docu feature at the Locarno Festival, where he will receive the Pardo d’onore Manor for career achievement, 26 years after the Swiss festival selected his debut feature, “Poison,” in competition, helping to launch the career of one of the U.S.’s most laureled indie filmmakers.
The confirmation of the documentary comes 50 years after the release of “Velvet Underground »
- John Hopewell
Licht scored all eight seasons of “Dexter,” the Showtime serial-killer drama, from 2006 to 2013. Although he also wrote music for movies and other TV projects, it was his quirky music for “Dexter” – employing unusual sounds using bones, knives, scissors, duct tape, wine glasses, didgeridoo, Irish harp and other instruments – that became his best-known work.
Seven albums of “Dexter” music, all featuring his scores, were released. Licht himself played many of the percussion instruments in a 10-minute orchestral suite of “Dexter” music performed live at Poland’s Krakow Film Music Festival in 2015.
Said “Dexter” executive producer Clyde Phillips: “Dan was an incredibly talented musician and composer, but most of all, he was a dear friend. His passing leaves all of us a bit quieter, a bit sadder, and without the gift of his music and his love »
- Jon Burlingame
Chicago – He was a true renaissance man, but his unassuming persona would conceal that lofty designation. Sam Shepard was a playwright, actor, author, screenwriter and director of countless important stage and screen works. Shepard died on July 27th, 2017, of complications due to Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Als). He was 73.
Sam Shepard, American Storyteller
Photo credit: File Photo
He was born Samuel Shepard Rogers III in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and graduated high school in California. After a brief stint in college, he started his career in a traveling theater repertory company. After landing in New York City, he dropped the Rogers from his name and began to work Off Broadway. He won six Obie Awards for his stage writing, and began his screen career by penning “Me and My Brother” (1968) and “Zabriskie Point” (1970). His had a love connection with rocker Patti Smith, which led to the collaborative play “Cowboy Mouth” (1971). He »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Capstone Group will fully finance the movie with Oceanside Media. Capstone’s Christian Mercuri will also executive produce with David Haring and Chris Lytton. Route One’s Sophia Dilley will co-produce.
Core’s credits include Disney’s sports drama “Invincible,” starring Mark Wahlberg. He was the cinematographer of “The Fast and the Furious,” for which he won AFI’s cinematographer of the year award; Ben Affleck’s “Daredevil”; “Payback,” starring Mel Gibson; and the crime thriller “One Eight Seven,” with Samuel L. Jackson.
Casting has commenced on the thriller, which centers on a single father with a criminal background who must uncover the whereabouts »
- Dave McNary
The last place Jeff Nichols remembers hanging out with Sam Shepard could have been ripped from the pages of one of the late actor’s short stories: a run-down roadside BBQ joint somewhere in Austin, Texas.
“Sam didn’t like flying,” Nichols, who directed Shepard in 2013’s Mud and 2016’s Midnight Special, told People. “So one time when he was driving through Texas, we met up at this BBQ place in Austin. He wanted to talk to me about his writing because he was working on something new. So here I am sitting in this booth eating some pretty mediocre brisket, »
- Mike Miller
Sam Shepard famously hated endings. As a playwright, he felt "the temptation towards resolution, towards wrapping up the package, seems to me a terrible trap."
He got that right. So Shepard leaves us to deal with his ending, a death at 73 at his home in Kentucky, surrounded by family. Als, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, was the culprit. The obits pay »
"To sing a song is quite different than to write a poem. I'm not and never will be a novelist, but to write a novel is not the same thing as writing a play. There is a difference in form, but essentially what you're after is the same thing."
Sam Shepard (5 November 1943 - 27 July 2017), American actor, writer, playwright, director, winner of three Pulitzer Prices in theater. I shall always remember your brilliant play/musical The Tooth of Crime at La Mama Theatre starring Ray Wise. Or the Quaid Brothers in True West at the Cherry Lane Theater. I'd forgotten that you and Bob Dylan wrote the epic "Brownsville Girl" from Dylan's Knocked Out Loaded. You were a guy's guy; a dude well before The Big Lebowski. Rip, Sam. »
Tony Sokol Aug 1, 2017
Sam Shepard has sadly passed at the age of 73. We bid farewell to a great playwright, author and actor.
Playwright, author, and actor Sam Shepard, who spearheaded the Off Broadway movement, and starred in such films as The Right Stuff, Mud and Midnight Special, died on the 27th of July, the theatre public relations firm Boneau/Bryan-Brown announced. Shepard was 73 years old. Known for such plays as Buried Child, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Curse Of The Starving Class and A Lie Of The Mind, Shepard’s 1969 science fiction play The Unseen Hand influenced Richard O'Brien's stage musical The Rocky Horror Show.
Shepard wrote 44 plays as well as books of short stories and essays. Besides his 1979 work Buried Child, his plays, True West and Fool For Love were also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. 11 of Shepard’s plays won Obie Awards including Chicago and »
Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, died Sunday at the age of 73.
Shepard, who suffered from Als in recent years, died at his home in Kentucky from complications from the disease, his rep told The Hollywood Reporter.
The winner of 13 Obie Awards, Shepard won his first six for plays he penned between 1966 and 1968. After his success on the off-Broadway stage, Shepard segued to screenwriting with credits on films like Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriske Point and Robert Frank's Me and My Brother.
During this time, Shepard also »
Guitar great George Thorogood is stepping out from his legendary band the Destroyers for the first time with a new solo album, Party of One, on Aug. 4—and People has an exclusive first listen!
Responsible for a string of gritty rock hits including “Bad to the Bone,” “I Drink Alone,” and “Reelin’ and Rockin’,” Thorogood’s latest will feature 14 blues tracks that range from old school traditional—John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” and Hank Williams’ “Pictures From Life’s Other Side”—to modern classics like the Rolling Stones‘ “No Expectations.”
Party of One reunites Thorogood »
- Jordan Runtagh
Kesha is finding strength for today in the past.
The 30-year-old singer rekeased "Learn to Let Go," the third single off her upcoming album, Rainbow, on Thursday, an uplifting anthem set to a video where Kesha takes a deep dive into home movies and memories of her past.
More: Kesha Overcomes Tears to Deliver Powerful Performance of New Song 'Woman'
“It’s about embracing your past, but not letting it define you," Kesha said in a Huffington Post op-ed explaining her latest offering. "Learn from your mistakes but don’t dwell on them, and if you feel like someone has wronged you, let that be their problem ― not yours."
"For the video we play on that concept by incorporating home movies that my aunt Sonia Sebert had filmed over the years and then we recreate some of the scenes with me as an adult in a really whimsical kind of way," she shared »
Portraying the folk singing group Peter, Paul and Mary, the trio sang Bob Dylan’s famous “Blowin’ in the Wind,” while switching out the lyrics.
“How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” Sedgwick croons.
“How blurry must a gorilla photo be to be confused with Bigfoot?” Bacon sings.
“How could »
- Alexia Fernandez
Justin Bieber is no longer welcome in China.
The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture has banned the pop star from performing on its mainland because of his “bad behavior” both on and off stage.
The ban is being called necessary to “purify” the country’s entertainment industry, but the bureau indicated it was not permanent in hopes that the 23-year-old singer may improve his behavior and stay out of trouble with the law.
“We sympathize with your feelings. Justin Bieber is a talented singer but is also a controversial young foreign idol. We understand that there are records of his bad behavior, »
- Nicole Sands
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