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Jerry Garcia’s Letter to a Vogue Model

RRAuctionLogoSome lucky, wealthy fan of The Grateful Dead is about to meet The Grateful letterhead

Per a report by Fine Books magazine, items up for bid at a forthcoming Boston auction include a rare and rather epic letter by Jerry Garcia. The genesis for the letter was an Upper West Side party, where he met a fashion model. The party took place around the time of a series of performances by the band in the fall of 1980 at Radio City Music Hall.

Two years later, Garcia composed the letter in stages, completing it in June on some Hotel Parker Meridien New York letterhead. From the Fine Books article:

“The rarity of this handwritten letter cannot be overstated,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction. “Research indicates no others ever being on the market — even Garcia himself noted, ‘This is the first letter I’ve written in years.’”

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Music Journo Set for His 218th Rolling Stones Concert

DeanGoodmanStrangeDaysIn the 2013 memoir Strange DaysDean Goodman framed his lifelong passion for the Rolling Stones as follows:

I started obsessing about Mick & Co. when I was 13. Everyone at my New Zealand boarding school was into the Rolling Stones. In a regimented system whose absurd rules and traditions dated back to the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, we looked to the Stones as our rebellious role models.

They gave me hope that I too could break out of my dull suburban existence just as they did in the early ’60s. They were dangerous and dirty, as was their music…

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NPR Namesake Cherry Glazerr Rolls On

CherylGlazerPicEarlier this year, Chery Glaser (pictured), the LA-embedded local host of NPR’s Morning Edition on KCRW, interviewed members of a local rock trio that named themselves after her. She began the conversation by throwing to a song from the band with: “I’m Chery Glaser, and believe it or not, this is also Cherry Glazerr…”

Nine months later, per a pair of items by LA Times reporter Todd Martens, things are rolling along for the teenage band consisting of Clementine Creevy, Hannah Uribe and Sean Redman:

Creevy has been managing the band herself and says the group is self-sufficient enough that she can afford to move out when she turns 18, though she intends to live at home and save money.

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When the Sponsored Content (and Headline) Writes Itself

Our sister publication Billboard reported this week about a breakfast of cross-promotion champions, headlining their item “New Usher Song Available Exclusively in Honey Nut Cheerios Boxes Sold at Walmart.” Other media outlets have followed and, well, the breakfast cereal-buying public is having fun with it. Here’s a sampling of the reaction, from copywriter Mark Campbell, music video director Shomi Patwary and film blogger Scott Weinberg.

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Chandra Oppenheim Resurfaces North of the Border

ChandraOppenheimTransportationTonight at Double Double Land in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighborhood, something rather unusual will take place. A live performance by Chandra Oppenheim who, in the 1980s at age 12, made a splash fronting a band of adults.

From her website:

The year was 1980, and the setting was Hell’s Kitchen, New York, at the anomalous intersection of art and music. As the daughter of eminent conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim, Chandra showed considerable promise as a songwriter and performer from the age of 7. This inspired New York noisemakers The Model Citizens (later transforming into The Dance) to approach the young firestarter and become her backing band.

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Eddie Money Rocks the Interview Trail

Rock Cellar Magazine contributor Frank Mastropolo recently connected with rocker Eddie Money and the results are spectacular. Across two pages, Money punches out about twenty tickets to quotability.

Topics colorfully addressed by Money with the digital publication include the perils of opening too well for Mick Jagger, getting hit on by ageing groupies at the T-shirt stand and that new GEICO commercial.

Money explains that the original version of the GEICO spot had the camera panning over to him at the travel agency with customers after an older female employee is first shown playing “Two Tickets to Paradise” on a CD player. But the script changed:

“She was actually a very accomplished Broadway actress. In the past she was in The Most Happy Fella and she was in Damn Yankees and she was in Carousel.”

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AP Editor Reminds: Prince is Still Cooler Than You

ARTOFFICIALAGECoverTo go along with a Paisely Park exclusive, AP global entertainment and lifestyles editor Nekesa Mumbi Moody has shared a journalist’s what-we-learned sidebar. She notes that Prince is an excellent ping pong player, no fan of plastic utensils and also – at age 56 – a guy who can still pull this off:

Prince is still cooler than you: He’s the only person who can pull off wearing a shirt with his image — and look epic doing it.

Moody hung out at the entertainer’s Chanhassen compound ahead of tomorrow’s release of Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum (with 3rdeyegirl). Prince is definitely now partying like it’s 2014, back with Warner Bros. and in full ownership of his music catalog.

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Chris Brown Has Advice for Ray Rice: ‘It’s About How You Control Yourself’

MTV News’ Sway sat down with a very mellow Chris Brown yesterday. Brown, who in 2009 plead guilty to felony assault for hitting then-girlfriend Rihanna, has some advice for Ray Rice, who was cut from the Baltimore Ravens after video showed him knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.

“Dealing with my anger issues and understanding myself, and the life I’ve been through, and where I’m headed, it’s helped me focus on what’s really important and not F-up,” said Brown. Earlier Thursday, Brown was performing at the VIP Room in the West Village, when a fight broke out. TMZ says he stayed out of it.

Taylor Swift Worries About ‘The Janitor Who’s Being Paid by TMZ’

It’s only Monday. But in terms of quotable pop culture quotes, contributing editor Josh EellsRolling Stone cover story on Taylor Swift is going to be very hard this week to beat.

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There’s the bit about Swift getting 70 percent of her current date requests via “random email,” from hopeful dudes who’ve wrangled contact info from a publicist. (You’ve Got Male!) There’s the portion of the article about Swift’s new TriBeca double-digs. (Sir Ian McKellen FTW!) And there’s this media POV, uttered during the recent “Shake It Off” music video shoot in Van Nuys:

There are worries about spies and recording devices. “Don’t even get me started on wiretaps,” Swift says seriously. “It’s not a good thing for me to talk about socially. I freak out.”

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Fallon Vacation Also Golden for Jamaican Reggae Artist Chronixx

“Synergy, man…. Synn-errrr-geeee.”

That might as well be the new refrain at GoldenEye, the Jamaican luxury resort owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. The local hit single of Chronixx, a rapper signed with Island Records, was piping through the resort when Jimmy Fallon recently vacationed there. That product placement led in turn to Chronixx making his American TV debut July 22 on The Tonight Show.

Per an item today by Billboard contributor Patricia Meschino, the rest is Reggae charts history:

Fallon booked Chronixx to perform four days ahead of the artist’s free concert on July 26 as part of Central Park’s annual SummerStage series… Prior to Chronixx’s Tonight Show performance, “Here Comes Trouble” had registered 1,051 downloads; following the broadcast and his Central Park concert, the numbers swelled to 12,476 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a No. 2 position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart.

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