Music News: Tom Petty buried near George Harrison

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Tom Petty at the Xcel Energy Center June 3, 2017. (Nate Ryan / MPR)

Tom Petty has been laid to rest at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, Calif. — near his longtime friend and collaborator George Harrison. The private ceremony, held on Monday, was acknowledged on Instagram by Petty's daughter AnnaKim Violette. (Billboard)

The dark of the sun we will stand together💜

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Smithsonian launches crowdfunding effort for hip-hop box set

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has launched a crowdfunding effort to support a nine-disc Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. Chuck D and Questlove are among the artists working on the project, which aims to "explore important issues and themes in hip-hop history" and "provide a unique window into the many ways hip-hop has created new traditions and furthered musical and cultural traditions of the African diaspora."

Support at the $100 level makes donors eligible to receive a copy of the set, while donors who contribute $10,000 or more get a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture led by Questlove. (Rolling Stone)

Today's reissue news

The Ramones’ third album, Rocket to Russia (1977), will be reissued on Nov. 24. According to Rolling Stone, the three-disc set will include "a wealth of previously unreleased material: an early version of 'Needles And Pins,' an alternate version of It's A Long Way Back To Germany' with Dee Dee on vocals, an original radio promo with Joey Ramone and versions of 'Why Is It Always That Way?' and 'Ramona' with alternate lyrics. In addition, there is an entire disc dedicated to a previously unreleased concert the band gave at the Apollo Centre in Glasgow, Scotland on December 19, 1977."

There won't be any such bells and whistles on an upcoming reissue of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon (1992), but vinyl collectors will rejoice anyway: it hits stores on the same day, which also happens to be Record Store Black Friday. (Pitchfork)

Björk details assault allegations

Björk hasn't confirmed that Dancer in the Dark director Lars von Trier was the "Danish director" she previously accused of sexual assault, but it seems increasingly clear he's the one she's talking about. After von Trier denied he ever committed such acts, Björk responded with a Facebook post in which she said that the still-unnamed director made "constant awkward paralyzing unwanted whispered sexual offers" toward her. Referring to a supposed incident that happened on the Dancer in the Dark set, she writes, "I have never eaten a shirt. Not sure that is even possible." (Rolling Stone)

Fan surprised with private Justin Vernon performance

A fan at last year's Berlin Michelberger Music Festival had what NPR calls the "strange, yet endearing" experience of being led blindfolded to a private room where Justin Vernon performed the Bon Iver song "8 (circle)" for an audience of one. Video of the performance has just now been posted.


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