The game-changing music of the 60s and 70s is back, again. Mick, Jimi, Janis, and deep, dark Joy Division are striking a chord these days, with a print and film lineup to help us go on reliving their lives.
There’s a little bit of rock 'n' roll in the Mick Jagger biography released today, and a whole lot of delicious rockstar behavior. In Christopher Andersen’s “Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger," the preening frontman starts his wild boy antics as a toddler, then embarks on more than six decades of alternately seducing and enraging bandmates, actors, and princesses with a roll call that includes David Bowie, Angelina Jolie and Geraldo Rivera. [via Entertainment Weekly]
Although they released just two albums -- one before singer Ian Curtis’ suicide and one after -- post-punk band Joy Division remains as ahead of their time today as they were more than thirty years ago. This October, bassist and co-founder Peter Hook will publish the first insider’s tale via Simon and Schuster, giving us a little more time with the man and the band that went away too soon. [via Ology]
The Jimi Hendrix biopic “All by My Side” is filming now in Ireland and will feature a score straight from the musician’s days -- with a legally induced twist. The Jimi Hendrix estate has refused to allow the project rights to play his songs. In response, the Strat-wielding musical revolutionary, personified by OutKast’s Andre Benjamin, will once again offer his takes on artists such as the Beatles and Muddy Waters -- without playing a single note of his own songs this time. [via Rolling Stone]
It’s been four decades since Janis Joplin joined the 27 club, but she’s yet to be immortalized on screen. Maybe we were just waiting for the perfect cinematic combo: Next year, Sean Durkin (of quietly intense Martha Marcy May Marlene fame) will direct Tony-awarded Nina Arianda (see Midnight in Paris) in an indie-budget biopic based on Janis’ final six months. Special feature: Arianda will sing the electric performer’s tunes herself. [via Indiewire]