“Sound City,” the feature length directorial debut from Dave Grohl that featured Paul McCartney and members of Nirvana, has been certified as a Gold Longform Video by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), according to an announcement released July 11.
The documentary, which the New York Times called “candy to several generations’ worth of rock fans,” featured McCartney and three former members of Nirvana performing a new song called “Cut Me Some Slack.”
The four later played the song to climax the 12-12-12 benefit concert for Sandy Hook. The “Sound City” film made its world premiere in January at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and debuted in theaters the following month. The DVD and Blu-ray were released in March.
McCARTNEY DONATION TO JULIAN: Paul McCartney has donated a signed copy of the deluxe “Ram” remaster to Julian Lennon’s White Feather Foundation for auction, Noise11.com reported July 9. The deluxe set features four remastered CDs, a DVD, a remastered “Thrillington” CD plus books, photographs and fascimiles of original hand-written lyric sheets. According to the White Feather Foundation website, the organization is working this year on water projects, coinciding with the United Nations International year of water. “Furthermore, The WFF shall continue to aid ongoing humanitarian and environmental projects,” it says. Noise11 estimates the worth of the autographed boxset is up to £1050 ($1,561 USD). Those interested can put in their bids at this link.
KLAUS VOORMANN’S LATEST ALBUM COVER: Anyone reading this knows that Klaus Voormann was the man behind the Beatles’ “Revolver” album cover. Come September, his work will be on another cover paying tribute to the Beatles. The album is Achim Schultz’s “HeartBeat,” which will be released in September. The album has two tributes to George Harrison, a cover of “My Sweet Lord” and Schutlz’s “Bye Bye George Harrison.” Of “My Sweet Lord,” Schultz says, “I thought about George Harrison a lot and began playing around with ‘My Sweet Lord’. I recorded it just for fun, but when a few of my musician friends heard it they liked it so much and the recording made its way onto the album.” He says the acoustic guitar on the song and that was used all through the album was also designed by Voormann himself.
SECRETS OF BRITISH SINGER: A BBC documentary that airs this week says that singer Alma Cogan, a well-known British singer in the ’50s, had an affair with John Lennon, according to a report in the Daily Mail July 9. The Beatles appeared with Cogan on “Sunday Night At The London Palladium” on Jan. 12, 1964.
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