Music News: Eric Clapton: 'Maybe the guitar is over.'

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Eric Clapton speaks at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Eric Clapton speaks onstage at an 'Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars' press conference during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

This summer, the Washington Post sparked discussion in the music world by reporting that electric guitar sales have declined by a third over the past decade. At a Monday event associated with the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of the documentary Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, the legendary guitarist was asked what he thought about the declining interest in his lifelong instrument.

"I don't know," said Clapton with a laugh. "Maybe the guitar is over." Musing that "anything that has a natural process will end up where it's supposed to be," Clapton seemed unconcerned with the fact that young musicians are increasingly interested in electronic beatmaking, or even classical instruments like woodwinds and strings. "My belief in music is that it's all good." (Billboard)

Bowie approved Twin Peaks return

David Bowie’s character Phillip Jeffries turned out to have quite a prominent role in the recently-concluded third season of Twin Peaks. Given that the new season was in development for years, how involved was Bowie with the series prior to his death? Is there any truth to rumors that Bowie was actually planning to film new scenes for the show? As one Reddit user put it in an AMA with series executive producer Sabrina Sutherland, "How close were we to actually seeing David Bowie in this season?"

Sutherland didn't confirm or deny the rumors about Bowie agreeing to film new scenes, but she did confirm that Bowie knew the character was coming back, and gave his permission for filmmaker David Lynch to use and alter footage Bowie shot for the 1992 movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. (Billboard)

Discogs expanding

Okay, so you've already entered your entire vinyl library into Discogs, and you know exactly what it's worth. What's next? Your bookshelf and your walls. You can now catalog your book collection on a Discogs spinoff site called — of course — Bookogs. Your poster collection? Just click over to Posterogs. There's also Gearogs and Filmogs. '90s kids are surely waiting with bated breath for the inevitable Pogogs. (Pitchfork)

Two more Prince inheritance claims dismissed

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that two descendants of the late Duane Nelson are not entitled to a share of Prince’s estate. Duane was raised as Prince's brother, and described as such by Prince, although it's emerged that the two were not actually biologically related. (Billboard)

Janet Jackson performs rare song, visits Harvey victims

Janet Jackson’s State of the World tour stopped at Houston this weekend, and the pop star visited the George R. Brown Convention Center to meet some of the 1,600 evacuees who are still housed there. She donated proceeds from her Houston show to flood relief charities, and shared a video message of support. (Billboard)

At her Friday show, Jackson performed her 1997 song "What About" for the first time in 18 years — and became emotional trying to make her way through the lyrics about an abusive relationship. "Trying to compose herself afterwards," notes Billboard, "Jackson said, 'This is me,' pointing to female backup dancers who'd pantomimed abusive situations during the performance."

Curb Your comes back, with Carrie Brownstein

A new trailer for the forthcoming ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm features actor (and Sleater-Kinney musician) Carrie Brownstein alongside Larry David and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. (Consequence of Sound)


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