Music News: Kurt Cobain's Blockbuster card goes up for auction

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Kurt Cobain's Blockbuster card.
Kurt Cobain's Blockbuster card, superimposed on the shelves of a latter-day video store. (Julien's Auctions; Hectore/CC BY-NC 2.0)

If you like weird music memorabilia auctions, you're going to love an upcoming event being hosted online by Julien's. Among the items up for auction: aviator sunglasses worn by Elvis Presley (estimate: $8,000-$10,000), one of Michael Jackson’s rhinestone gloves ($60,000-$80,000), a Rudolphs BBQ napkin signed by Prince ($600-$800), and Kurt Cobain’s Blockbuster Video card ($400-$600). (Rolling Stone)

Sexual assault stories surface

As sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein make national headlines, stories of assault in the music world are also surfacing.

Björk shared a story about being sexually harassed by a film director. "Let's stop this," she wrote on Facebook. "There is a wave of change in the world."

Real Estate have confirmed that the reason for the departure of cofounder Matt Mondanile last year was that "allegations of unacceptable treatment of women were brought to our attention. While we urged him to seek counseling at the time of termination, we are no longer in contact. We feel that any abuse of one's power or status to victimize another is completely unacceptable."

A woman has accused producer the Gaslamp Killer of drugging and raping her and her friend four years ago. She says she's now coming forward "for the sake of my mental health and for the sake of other women." The producer, whose real name is William Bensussen, denies the charges.

The woman who recently accused Nelly of rape is dropping criminal charges, though not because she's retracting her story. Rather, she says through her attorney that "she believes the system is going to fail her." (Billboard)

Chance tapped for Obama Foundation summit

Chance the Rapper will help to design the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, an Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 event in Chicago at which "hundreds of leaders from around the world will come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems and experience civic art, technology and music from around the world." Chance will perform at the event alongside The National and Gloria Estefan. (Billboard)

Remembering Grady Tate

Grady Tate, a jazz drummer and vocalist who played with artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, and Paul Simon, has died at age 85 after suffering from dementia. Peggy Lee helped encourage Tate to take the mic, inviting him to sing "The Windmills of Your Mind" during one of her sets in 1968. Among his best-known performances are two songs from Schoolhouse Rock. (New York Times)

Bono goes to church

While in Colombia for U2's first-ever performance there, Bono quietly attended a Catholic Mass. He sat in the back of the church, then came forward for communion at the appropriate time. Of course, someone snapped a pic. (Billboard)


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