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Mick Rock Readying Another David Bowie Book

MickRockExposedCoverThe exhibit of photographs by famed music scene chronicler Mick Rock at the Sumo Gallery in Tribeca ends Sunday. But have no fear, Rock and rock fans. Per a Q&A with The Observer‘s Matthew Kassel, more is on the way.

The exhibited photos were culled from Rock’s recent book Exposed, out this month in paperback. As the British-born photog explains, one of the pictures – featuring David Bowie looking at himself in a mirror – launched a professional relationship that is still thriving:

“That was very early on in his career, for this men’s magazine called Club International. When David saw the picture, he said, “Mick sees me like I see myself,” and that was really the shoot that cemented our relationship. We’re doing another Ziggy Stardust book — half of it previously unseen photos — which is coming out this spring.”

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Music Journo Never Got a Thank You from The Clash, Elvis Costello

ThereGoesGravityCoverW magazine contributor Catherine Hong has shared a fabulous preview of There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll, the April 22 memoir from trailblazing female music journalist Lisa Robinson.

When the interview subject has the kind of stories that Robinson does, the Mick Jagger lede pretty much writes itself. Not to mention the killer, second-paragraph, anecdotal follow:

In the ’70s, when Robinson proved she could tour with the hard-partying Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones and file juicy behind-the-scenes stories without pissing anybody off — or, as she contends, having to sleep with anybody — the New York native established herself as music journalism’s ultimate insider. Robinson was the cool girl who introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed and shielded Patti Smith on the side of a Central Park stage so she could pee. She helped The Clash and Elvis Costello get their first record deals (“Never got a thank-you,” she notes tartly) and even lent Jagger a pair of her best lace underwear for a show in Toronto because his pants were too sheer.

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Last Night: Henry Rollins’ KCRW Benefit at the Echoplex

Henry Rollins was at the Echoplex last night, putting on a benefit for KCRW that could only be described as two hours of intense music geekery.

It was great.

A little over 300 people gathered to hear Rollins dig deep into his personal collection of rare recordings and play all kinds of songs he isn’t allowed to play on the radio–mostly because the tapes were given to him personally by the artists or their families under the promise that they could never be leaked or bootlegged. Rollins then told the often crazy backstory of how each track came into his possession.

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John Byrne Watch Continues: C-Change

john_byrne_185x250.jpgLast week we all stayed extra late before our little Thanksgiving break to write about the sudden (but not totally unexpected) departure of John Byrne from BusinessWeek. Even though the company had produced a memo saying that the editor wouldn’t be leaving after Bloomberg LP took over for publisher McGraw-Hill, Keith Kelly and some others had their doubts. And they were right!

On Tuesday, Byrne announced he was leaving his company for an entirely new media venture, and today we (sort of) know what it is. Well, we have a name for it. And a blog.

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Webby Awards ’07: Beasties, Bowie And Ball Jokes

For all the cute talk about its five-word acceptance speeches, last night’s Webby Awards — the so-called Oscars of the Internet — were long. And we’re not talkin’ real Oscars long — the Webby Awards were longer. To put it in perspective, the five-and-a-half-hour celebration at Cipriani Wall Street was roughly seven minutes longer than the entire Beastie Boys discography — Licensed to Ill-To The 5 Boroughs — and roughly 315 minutes longer than LonelyGirl‘s fame.

Yet the Webby Awards are probably the only place where the founders of YouTube have more red carpet cache (“Chad and Steve won’t be taking any questions tonight, thanks”) than the Beasties (“Ask whatever you want, just no flash photography, please”).

The show was so long, ex-Daily Shower Rob Corddry, the master of ceremonies, passed over a winner who didn’t immediately appear at the podium. “Fuck ‘em,” Corddry said.

The sheer number of speeches rendered most forgettable, but a few stood out: Treehugger founder Graham Hill‘s green advice (“Don’t shit where you eat”); Nick.com’s plea for a future audience (“Have sex, make more kids”); Salon.com’s newspaper diss (“the Pulitzers are history”); NYTimes.com’s Dealbook (“Hey Rupert, we’re available — call”); and CNet, which honored its late editor (“This one’s for James Kim”).

David Bowie, accepting a lifetime achievement Webby, spent a Prince-like minute onstage for his: “I only get five words? Shit, that was five. Four more there. That’s three. Two.”

Oh, very clever, Ziggy Stardust. Very clever indeed.

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