New book of unseen photos of Bruce Springsteen set for publication this autumn

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A new book of previously unseen photos of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band is to be published in September by Reel Arts Press.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1975 by Barbara Pyle features a series of photos taken during the recording, rehearsing and touring of Born To Run, and the publication will coincide with an exhibition featuring photographs from the book.

The exhibition will open to the public on the 13th of October at Snap Galleries, London and is set to run until the 28th of November.

“I first saw Bruce and the E Street Band by accident,” says Pyle. “I was blown away by their music. For the next year, I drove to as many of their gigs as I could reach. They jokingly started calling me their ‘official unofficial photographer.’ I was just expected to be there, and I almost always was – on my self-imposed mission to document this little known New Jersey band.

“I had the remarkable good fortune to spend most of the last Born To Run months in the studio with Bruce and the Band. I became sort of a living ‘good luck’ charm and was asked to be there many nights. I knew I was witnessing history in the making.”

The book will retail for £40 and is also available as a vintage deluxe limited edition version, limited to 150 signed and numbered copies. Each edition features a unique vintage test print, printed by Barbara Pyle in 1975. Each photograph and book is also signed by Pyle.

You can find out more via Reel Art Press here.

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Kurt Cobain film to be accompanied by book release

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HBO’s forthcoming documentary about the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain will be accompanied by an official book it has been announced.

The book will share the name of the film, Montage Of Heck, itself based on the name of a mixtape put together by Cobain and circulated widely online last year.

A press release about the book says that it will feature exclusive interviews featured in the film plus a mixture of animation stills, rare photography, and other images from Cobain’s personal archive. Director of the documentary, Brett Morgen, will also make a contribution.

Montage Of Heck will be broadcast in the UK on HBO in April, with the film being given a nationwide cinema release at the same time.

Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is acting as Executive Producer for the project.

Meanwhile it has also been reported today that online retailers have stopped selling clothing lines that featured the entirety of Kurt Cobain’s suicide letter printed on them. The move comes following an online campaign by Nirvana fans to halt the sale of the goods.

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Duff McKagan details How To Be A Man

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Duff McKagan has shared release details of his new book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).

The book, which came about as a result of McKagan’s column for Seattle Weekly, will be published on the 12th of May via Da Capo Press. It sees McKagan taking a wry look at his life as a musician, husband and father.

Meanwhile, the former Guns N Roses bassist has been speaking to The Jasta Show about his time in GN’R during their Use Your Illusion world tour.

“We generated a lot of dough. Our crew was 130 people. We had two stages going — we had an A stage and a B stage going — around the world at all times,” he explains.

“That’s why we toured for two and a half years, because it took us two years just to break even on that tour!”

McKagan rejoined Guns N’ Roses for five shows last year and said at the time that he wouldn’t rule out recording with Axl Rose again in the future.

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Lamb Of God to release new album in ‘early part’ of 2015

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Randy Blythe, frontman with Lamb Of God, has said that the band will release a new album in the early part of next year.

The US metal titans are planning to release the new LP around the same time as Blythe’s book on his Czech manslaughter trial ordeal.

Speaking in interview with Jamey Jasta, Blythe said: “The new album and the book will be released in the early part of next year, close together. It’s hard to say with the record because we haven’t written it yet – but the book is almost done.”

Blythe’s book about his trial for manslaughter in the Czech Republic, Dark Days: My Tribulation And Trials, is set to appear via Da Capo Press, beginning with Blythe’s arrest in the Czech Republic in 2012 following the death of fan Daniel Nosek two years previously. It will cover his weeks behind bars, his trial and final acquittal.

But Blythe says: “There’s no fucking lesson. People are like, ‘It’s so cool you learned from your mistakes.’ That’s bullshit. The only thing that happens is a tragedy – there was a dead kid.”

“There’s people who’ve been through worse, definitely; but it was not a good experience. Writing the book helped me process it a lot.”

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Martin Scorsese to direct film about the Ramones

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Legendary Oscar winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese is set to direct a film about the Ramones.

Little more has been revealed about the project, other than it is expected to launch in 2016 – the 40th anniversary of the Ramones formation.

The last remaining original member of the group, Tommy Ramone, died earlier this year after losing his battle with cancer.

Jeff Jampol, Co-manager of the group’s estate, says a variety of projects are in the works to commemorate the band’s anniversary, including a documentary and book.

He tells Billboard: “We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones – we just secured a tonne of footage, much of which has never been seen before.”

“You’ll see a book coming – a story of the band’s formation and those first few records and the craziness that happened. It’ll be a combination of prose, photographs, memorabilia and posters, just kind of documenting the scene.”

Jampol continues: “You’re gonna see some really interesting combinations of music, new music, remastered music and apparel. As far as apparel goes, authenticity is the foundation of everything. And luckily, when you have a genius artist like the Ramones, you don’t have to spin it.”

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