Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Music News & Notes

Woodstock's Michael Lang Seeking Sponsors For 2009 Festival In New York City

Michael Lang said plans for a 40th anniversary Woodstock concert are "all speculative ideas" for now, but he hopes to bring them to reality this summer.

The Woodstock co-founder told that his vision is "a free event...a very green project," possibly in New York City. "We want to have as small a carbon imprint as we can and use as many green techniques as we can," said Lang, who was in Austin as part of a South By Southwest panel discussion about Woodstock. The holdup? "It's got to be sponsor-driven," he explained.

"It's free, but it costs a lot of money. That's kind of what we're in the middle of right now. Depending on how successful we are in raising that sponsorship (money) will determine when and how we do this event – or if we do this event, frankly."

He added that reports of a concurrent Woodstock festival in Berlin, possibly at Tempelhof airport, were "premature" but "still is kind of a thought."

Lang said that musically a 2009 Woodstock would go "back to its roots...There would be a lot of legacy bands – the Who, Santana, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker maybe. And it would be people like Steve Earle and Ben Harper. There's certainly room for the (Red Hot) Chili Peppers and Dave Matthews...That would be the shape of the music."

Read More Here: Billboard Story


Hendrix Family Signs with Universal Music, Plans New Archive Releases

Universal Music has signed a deal with the family of Jimi Hendrix to administer the entire Hendrix catalog outside of the United States. They replace Sony/ATV publishing who has done the job for the last ten years. In the U.S., the catalog will continue to be handled by Experience Hendrix, Ltd.

Universal Music Publishing chairman and CEO David Rezner said "Janie [Hendrix] has done an amazing job of keeping the music and Hendrix's legacy alive. They have a great reissue program in place and they are doing a great job of protecting his legacy."


To Be Or Not To Be?

Neil Young says that his much postponed Archives, Volume 1: 1963-1972 will hit the streets on June 2. The set will be available in three formats: 10-disc Blu-Ray ($399), 10-disc DVD ($199) or 10-disc CD ($99).

Young's manager, Elliot Roberts, told a SXSW crowd that that he sees four more 10-disc sets, each covering a decade, released at the rate of one every two- to three-years.


Weinberg's Son to Sit In With Springsteen

Jay Weinberg, son of Max Weinberg, will be the drummer for the E-Street Band during a number of Bruce Springsteen's shows this summer. Father Max's band will be going with Conan O'Brien to take over the Tonight Show on NBC and there were conflicts between the Springsteen tour and the premier of the new show in June.

Springsteen commented, "We promise to return him in one piece," while Little Steven Van Zandt lamented the temporary loss of Max. "What nobody understands is that not only is Max a great drummer, Max reads Bruce's mind. You can't learn that. That's impossible to learn. You could spend months rehearsing and you'll never get that."

Enjoy the ride, kid.....

Syd Barrett's Book on eBay

Someone sent me a link to an auction and I thought I would pass it along. I have been keeping an eye on it for several days and the bids are, to me amazing. Here is what they are auctioning at ebay:

Syd Barrett's Book: 12 Experimental Artworks from 1965
Created by the crazy diamond who launched Pink Floyd

The bidding is over $37,000 and I would expect it to go (the auction ends this Tuesday) for (in my opinion) well over $50,000. Man, if I had that kind of money, I would certainly spend it elsewhere, but maybe there are museums in on the bidding (?)

Here is the link:

Syd Barrett Book