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A Big-Screen Rolling Stones Drama is in the Works

The Rolling Stones have graced the big screen (and small) more times than we can count, but never quite like this. According to Deadline, Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced has acquired the film rights to Robert Greenfield’s 2008 book Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones, and is planning… Read More

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Bound for Glory: 10 Great Memoirs by Musicians

We recently learned that Carrie Brownstein — of Portlandia, but more importantly, Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag fame — has signed a deal with Riverhead Books and is working on a memoir. We’re psyched, of course, and ready for a hilarious take on the ’90s riot grrrl scene and its transition into alt rock and indie punk. But the news also got us thinking about some of our favorite existing music memoirs, written by everyone from Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh to folk superhuman Woody Guthrie (but we’re leaving out Just Kids, because we’ve talked about it so much here that we assume you’ve already read it). We can only hope Brownstein’s turns out to be as good as some of these, but knowing her, it probably will. Click through to check out our ten favorite memoirs by musicians, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your own favorites in the comments! … Read More

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Watch Keith Richards' First Network TV Interview

Keith Richards was apparently famous for 20 years before he did a network TV interview — and considering the drug-dependent antics he describes in his memoir, Life, it’s probably a good thing he stayed away from prime-time for the duration of the ’70s. By the time he appeared on an American show called Friday Night Videos in 1984, Richards came across as significantly more coherent, despite his singular posture and a somewhat silly bar backdrop. In the clip below, spotted by Dangerous Minds, he reminisces about meeting Mick Jagger, becoming an instant teen idol, and laments John Lennon’s murder with an earnestness you might not necessarily associate with Richards if you haven’t read his book. … Read More

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Vintage Photos of Rock Legends Found at a Swap Meet

Musician and rock archivist Jim Laspesa has been sharing some drool-worthy pics on his Facebook page. The most recent batch comes from a swap meet in Pasadena, California and shows several rock and roll legends mixing it up (with one even wearing a bathrobe). The source of the images is unknown, but whoever shot the likes of Jagger, Bowie, and Jimmy Page must have attended the best damn parties ever. Hit the jump for more vintage photos you wish you owned. … Read More

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A Peek Inside the Libraries of Famous Writers

There’s nothing like a well-stocked library to enhance a home. Especially when that library has been outfitted with books chosen by some of the choosiest readers of all — the authors themselves. We recently caught a peek at the literary collections of a few contemporary novelists in Leah Price’s excellent and newly released Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books, but we admit that our library-lust wasn’t quite sated, and we had to go hunting for more. We’ve already shown you a choice selection of the libraries of the rich and famous, but here, inspired by Price’s book, we’re focusing on the libraries, studies, and carefully organized bookshelves of the authors themselves. Click through to see a few snapshots of the libraries of famous authors, and let us know which ones inspire you to curl up and read in the comments. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Hollywood big shot Brian Grazier has stepped in to replace Brett Ratner as the producer of this year’s Oscars. Despite some initial speculation, Grazier now says that there’s no way that he’s going ask Eddie Murphy to reconsider his exit as host. [via Deadline]

2. Ricky Gervais says that NBC wants him… Read More

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Muses Who Achieved Success in Their Own Right

There’s always that girl — the one in the songs, the one in the photographs, the one in the memoirs. The one who walks into a room and sets it aglow. She’ll tear up a rock ‘n’ roller’s heart, put it back together, and inspire the hell out of him, leaving her lasting mark on both his discography and biography. Yes, we’re talking muses, but not just any ol’ muses; we’re noting those who graduated from their tumultuous lives as expert inspirers to become successful in their own right. Check out some professors, artists, and cake shop proprietors after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. In what many UK papers are calling “the real Slumdog Millionaire,” 27-year-old Sushil Kumar, a poor government clerk from Bihar, has become the first person to win 50 million rupees (worth over $1 million), on an Indian game show. [via Guardian]

2. Earlier in the week, Keith Richards and Johnny Depp played… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and The Backstreet Boys are among the many pop artists whose songs have recently been banned by China’s Ministry of Culture for containing “vulgar content.” The offending tracks must be removed from Chinese websites by September 15, or their owners will face prosecution. [via Guardian]

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Classic Celebrity Memoirs and Their Contemporary Counterparts

“Everybody needs his memories,” Saul Bellow once wrote. “They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” These days, the same can be true of fame. It’s no surprise then that celebrity memoirs and autobiographies continue to flood the market — much to our personal glee. As self-proclaimed aficionados, we’ve decided to help you navigate the waters; here are a few contemporary titles, paired with a soft focus homage to their vintage predecessors, never to be forgotten. If you’ve got a recommendation to add to our list, be sure to leave it in the comments. … Read More

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