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Toronto 2017: Clapton, Gaga Music Docs Have Strong Premieres at Fest

Toronto 2017: Clapton, Gaga Music Docs Have Strong Premieres at Fest
It's a sort of lopsided smile, almost like a child's-drawing version of what a grin is supposed to look like. Even more than the eyes and the jawline and that chin, which would later by framed by long Swingin' Sixties sideburns and covered by a ragged Seventies beard, it's the mouth of the kid in those early, black and white pictures that draws recognition. That's Eric Clapton's smile that the lad in the woolly jumper is sporting. And as he got older, even after he became famous and fans
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First Trailer for Showtime's 'Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars' Music Doc

"When it came to blues, there was nobody like him." Ready for another rock doc? Showtime has unveiled a trailer for Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, a documentary about the life and music of Eric Clapton. This film is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival now, which is why the trailer is out, and then will air on Showtime in February early next year. Told through his own words and songs, Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars is about one of the "great artists of the modern era -- a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and the only artist ever inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." There's tons of fantastic footage in this trailer, and the film features extensive interviews with Clapton himself, along with his family, friends, collaborators, and more -- including late music icons B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison. Here's
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Oscar-Winning Doc Filmmaker Murray Lerner Dies at 90

Oscar-Winning Doc Filmmaker Murray Lerner Dies at 90
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner, who captured Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and preserved legendary music acts like Jimi Hendrix and Leonard Cohen forever on film, has died, said his son, Noah. He was 90.

Lerner died Sunday in New York City, his son said.

The filmmaker earned an Oscar nomination in 1967 for Festival, his examination of the Newport Folk Festival, and won the best documentary statuette in 1981 for From Mao to Mozart, which followed violinist Isaac Stern in China. In 2009, he received a Grammy nomination for Amazing Journey: The Story of...
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New Eric Clapton Documentary to Premiere at Toronto Film Festival

New Eric Clapton Documentary to Premiere at Toronto Film Festival
A new documentary about Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival before airing on Showtime in 2018.

Oscar winner Lili Fini Zanuck (producer, Driving Miss Daisy) directed Life in 12 Bars, which features extensive interviews with Clapton. The film chronicles the guitarist's remarkable career, from his time as a British rock journeyman in the Yardbirds and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers to his stints in Cream and Blind Faith, as well as his lengthy solo career. Life in 12 Bars will also explore how music has
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Back To The Future Kicks Off the New ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight Series this Weekend

“One other thing. If you guys ever have kids, and one of them, when he’s eight years old, accidentally sets fire to the living room rug… go easy on him.”

Back To The Future screens this Friday and Saturday nights (June 23rd and 24th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.

Today, the original Back To The Future (1985) is dated only by its Huey Lewis soundtrack and the choice of a De Lorean as a time machine. Except for a needless scene in which an obviously dubbed Michael J. Fox pretends he’s both Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix, there’s little to criticize, and much to admire. One surprise in watching Back To The Future 32 years later is how cleverly the plot and script ties the past and present events together. Watching the film for a second or
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Chuck Berry Dead at 90

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Chuck Berry, not just a legend of rock 'n' roll -- but one of its inventors -- died Saturday outside St. Louis. St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency call and found Berry unresponsive. They performed CPR, but weren't able to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at 1:26 Pm. Police have not released a cause of death. Berry's amazing string of hits -- "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Maybellene" and
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Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock and Roll, Has Died at 90

Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock and Roll, Has Died at 90
Legendary musician Chuck Berry has died, police confirm. He was 90.

The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed on Facebook that they responded to a medical emergency on Saturday afternoon where they found an unresponsive man.

“St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18),” the police department said in a statement. “Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

“The St. Charles County Police Department
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From His ‘Purple Rain’ Shirt to His Boots: Prince Items Go Up for Auction (Photos)

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From His ‘Purple Rain’ Shirt to His Boots: Prince Items Go Up for Auction (Photos)
Ahead of the Grammy’s tribute to Prince this weekend, some of the late musician’s wardrobe and memorabilia will go up for auction. Bidding for items belonging to musicians including Prince, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones, Elvis Presley and others begins Feb. 9 at Rr Auction. Black and White Striped Bolero Jacket Estimated price: $8,000+ Stage-worn Black Polka Dot Vest Estimated price: $8,000+ “Purple Rain” White Button-Down Shirt and Cufflinks Estimated price: $10,000+ “Under the Cherry Moon” Lace and Beaded Jacket Estimated price: $25,000+ “The Screams of Passion” Handwritten Lyrics Estimated price: $8,000+ Handwritten Brit Awards Acceptance Speech Estimated price: $2,500+ Autograph Letter Signed in Card Estimated
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Eric Clapton feature documentary in the works

Eric Clapton feature documentary in the works
Director Lili Fini Zanuck partnering with Searching For Sugar Man producer John Battsek on the project.

A new feature-length Eric Clapton documentary called Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars is in the works, with footage set to be presented to buyers in Berlin.

Rush director Lili Fini Zanuck (who also won an Oscar for producing Driving Miss Daisy), Searching For Sugar Man producer John Battsek and BAFTA-winning Amy editor Chris King are collaborating on the film.

Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales with Altitude Film Distribution taking the film for UK distribution.

The filmmakers have been given access to performance clips, backstage footage, letters, and diary entries from the personal archive of Clapton (pictured above, credit: David Wedgbury).

The story will be told through Clapton’s own words and songs alongside interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and musical heroes including Bb King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’
Although its reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, Catherine Bainbridge’s “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” earns respect as much for its achievement as its ambition, while offering a celebratory examination of the often-underappreciated role played in the development of American popular music by singers, musicians, and songwriters of Native American ancestry. The film is structured more or less as a series of individual portraits of 10 significant artists, ranging from Delta blues great Charley Patton to iconic electric guitarist Jimi Hendrix (who was part Cherokee) to living legend Robbie Robertson. A few episodes are less satisfying than others, but only because they spotlight intriguing yet obscure figures that audiences likely would want to learn about in greater detail.

The title comes from “Rumble,” the smash hit 1958 instrumental single by Link Wray (born in New Carolina to Shawnee parents) driven by innovative power chord riffs that would later influence Iggy Pop,
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My Year In Vinyl, 2016

Happy New Year! It's been a tumultuous year for me and for many of us of a certain age. I lost a brother. The world lost a slew of pop culture -- Carrie Fisher, Alan Richman, Craig Sager, John Glenn -- and music icons -- Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, et al. One comfort for me was music and my rediscovery of vinyl. The warm, comforting sound of analog became my daily meditative fix. Quite literarily. Seeking out vinyl "nuggets" became a quest to help me deal with my own pain and depression. Chasing down albums that I owned thirty years, abadonded at the advent of those shiny new things called compact discs. Restorative analog power reigned o'er me. One of my chief caveats: I would not purchase anything on vinyl that I already owned on compact disc. Well, that rule didn't last long as I found comfort in
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Greg Lake -- Emerson, Lake and Palmer Singer Dead at 69

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Greg Lake, who co-founded the popular progressive rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer ... died Wednesday. Greg's agent said he died after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer." Greg is the second member from the '70s band to die in 2016 -- founding member and keyboardist Keith Emerson died back in March. Elp burst onto the scene in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival ... where Jimi Hendrix and The Who also famously headlined. The
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Michael J. Fox Rocks Out With Dave Matthews -- See the Epic Performance!

Michael J. Fox Rocks Out With Dave Matthews -- See the Epic Performance!
Michael J. Fox can slay a tune!

The 55-year-old actor joined Dave Matthews on stage this weekend to jam out to Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower."

Watch: Why Michael J. Fox Almost Didn't Star in 'Back to the Future'

The special performance was part of an annual charity event hosted by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which took place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Nov. 12.

This isn't the first time Fox has rocked out with his guitar and stolen the show. Over the summer he recreated his iconic Back to the Future school dance scene with Coldplay, surprising fans with a guitar solo during a rendition of Chuck Berry’s "Johnny B. Goode."

Related: This Is What the Cast of 'Back to the Future' Looks Like 30 Years Later

It's hard to imagine anyone other than Fox playing Marty McFly -- but the role originally went to someone
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The World's Greatest Tribute Bands: Season Seven Renewal for Axs TV Series

Rock on. The World's Greatest Tribute Bands TV show has been renewed for a seventh season on Axs TV. Hosted by Katie Daryl, season seven premieres Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 10:00pm Et; 7:00pm Pt. It will kick off with a 90 minute tribute to Prince on September 14th, and on September 21st, will feature a 90 minute tribute to David Bowie.Other tributes in season seven are devoted to: Jimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Journey, Jimmy Buffet, The Who, Bob Seger, and Pat Benatar. Get the schedule and details from the Axs TV press release.Read More…
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Review: Breaking A Monster, Growing Up at the Speed of a Double Bass Kick Pedal

Three young boys from Brooklyn, NY - Malcolm Brickhouse, Jared Dawkins and Alex Atkins- inspired by entrance music played for wrestlers at events and theme songs of their favorite anime shows started their own metal band, Unlocking the Truth   Despite a history of talented African American musicians and bands rocking it out throughout the decades, from Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix to Living Colour the notion of an African American hard rock/metal band is still alien if not disregarded as a novelty. At least that is what some first thought of Unlocking the Truth when their videos of street performances in Times Square popped up on YouTube a handful of years ago.    Ambitious and talented at their young age their videos racked up...

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The Voice Semifinal Results Recap: Did the Right Four Artists Make the Finale?

The Voice Semifinal Results Recap: Did the Right Four Artists Make the Finale?
Who needs fingernails, really?

With four artists headed to the guillotine during the The Voice Season 10 semifinal results telecast — and only two of ’em truly, definitively, predictably safe — the urge to nervously gnaw my fingers almost overpowered my mother’s anti-nail-biting scolds from my childhood.

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Carson Daly tried to distract us by offering a performance from incoming Season 11 coach Alicia Keys (her new song’s pretty good, but was she really singing it live?) and one from OneRepublic (shouldn’t those four minutes have
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'Higher and Higher' Singer Rita Coolidge Sets the Record Straight: 'I Did Not Break Up Crosby, Stills & Nash'

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'Higher and Higher' Singer Rita Coolidge Sets the Record Straight: 'I Did Not Break Up Crosby, Stills & Nash'
One recent evening, Rita Coolidge sat at her kitchen table in pink cowboy boots, sipping a glass of chardonnay when the conversation drifted to Crosby, Stills & Nash. The 70-year-old Grammy-winning grandmother just smiled and launched into a story that happened one afternoon in the mid-1970s, shortly after her marriage to singer turned actor Kris Kristofferson. "I was making some food and we were kind of chilling out, listening to the radio," Coolidge tells People in this week's issue. "Graham [Nash] was doing a radio show, telling this story about how I broke up Crosby, Stills & Nash." Kristofferson listened for a bit,
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'Higher and Higher' Singer Rita Coolidge Sets the Record Straight: 'I Did Not Break Up Crosby, Stills & Nash'

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'Higher and Higher' Singer Rita Coolidge Sets the Record Straight: 'I Did Not Break Up Crosby, Stills & Nash'
One recent evening, Rita Coolidge sat at her kitchen table in pink cowboy boots, sipping a glass of chardonnay when the conversation drifted to Crosby, Stills & Nash. The 70-year-old Grammy-winning grandmother just smiled and launched into a story that happened one afternoon in the mid-1970s, shortly after her marriage to singer turned actor Kris Kristofferson. "I was making some food and we were kind of chilling out, listening to the radio," Coolidge tells People in this week's issue. "Graham [Nash] was doing a radio show, telling this story about how I broke up Crosby, Stills & Nash." Kristofferson listened for a bit,
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'70s Songbird Rita Coolidge on Her Former Husband Kris Kristofferson: We Still 'Have a Bond That Is Beyond Any Kind of Understanding'

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'70s Songbird Rita Coolidge on Her Former Husband Kris Kristofferson: We Still 'Have a Bond That Is Beyond Any Kind of Understanding'
Seventies songbird Rita Coolidge's headline-making romance and marriage to singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson may have ended in divorce in 1980, but she says the two still share a "bond" that has endured over the past three and a half decades. "Kris and I have a connection and we laugh at stuff that nobody else gets," Coolidge tells People in this week's issue. "We just have a bond that is beyond any kind of understanding." The 70-year-old songwriter and Grammy-winning singer, who performed and recorded with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Cocker, is best known for her 1977 hit "Higher and Higher.
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'70s Songbird Rita Coolidge on Her Former Husband Kris Kristofferson: We Still 'Have a Bond That Is Beyond Any Kind of Understanding'

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'70s Songbird Rita Coolidge on Her Former Husband Kris Kristofferson: We Still 'Have a Bond That Is Beyond Any Kind of Understanding'
Seventies songbird Rita Coolidge's headline-making romance and marriage to singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson may have ended in divorce in 1980, but she says the two still share a "bond" that has endured over the past three and a half decades. "Kris and I have a connection and we laugh at stuff that nobody else gets," Coolidge tells People in this week's issue. "We just have a bond that is beyond any kind of understanding." The 70-year-old songwriter and Grammy-winning singer, who performed and recorded with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Cocker, is best known for her 1977 hit "Higher and Higher.
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