Music News: Dave Grohl's mom's book about rock moms to become TV series


Virginia Hanlon Grohl's 'From Cradle to Stage.'
Virginia Hanlon Grohl's 'From Cradle to Stage.' (Jay Gabler/MPR)

Dave Grohl and his mom Virginia Hanlon Grohl are teaming up to develop a TV series based on Virginia's nonfiction book about rock moms. The mothers of music stars including Gary Clark Jr., Amy Winehouse, and Geddy Lee will appear in the docuseries inspired by the book, From Cradle to Stage.

"I'm beyond excited to join in on the next step of my mother's project to explore the stories of other musicians who were as fortunate as me, having been raised by such amazing women," says Dave, who's co-producing the show with his mom. "Plus...I owe her one."

Part of the show, says Virginia, will involve several rock moms meeting each other for the first time, around a table where "secrets and stories will be shared and compared." (Rolling Stone)

"Let's Go Crazy baby" legal drama draws to a close

It looks like there's actually hope that some Prince-related legal drama involving an 18-month-old toddler will be wrapped up before he graduates from high school. Stephanie Lenz has been wrangling with Universal Music since 2007 over the temporary takedown of a video featuring her young son dancing to "Let's Go Crazy."

Lenz has the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which wants to make the case a test regarding whether platforms like YouTube are entitled to summarily remove any video featuring copyrighted music, or whether they first have to consider whether the video's content constitutes fair use. After over a decade of court appeals, the parties involved have reportedly agreed in principle to a settlement. (Billboard)

Phish announce massive MSG box set

If you have a huge Phish in your life — and you're willing to drop $498 — you can start your holiday shopping now. The storied jam band have announced a series of box sets chronicling last year's 13-night stand at Madison Square Garden. The Baker's Dozen: Live at Madison Square Garden will come in two sizes: a condensed version running three CDs or six LPs, and a comprehensive set containing every note from every show in the run.

That latter set contains 237 songs with zero repeats, spaced over 36 CDs, and it also comes with "a detailed, 86-page book with full color photos, an essay with new interviews from each band member, setlist journals, an embroidered patch, commemorative tickets, eight mini-prints and a new, signed Jim Pollock screen print," reports Rolling Stone.

Both versions of the set come out Nov. 30, just in time for Festivus.

Joanna Newsom releases catalog on cassette

Joanna Newsom has finally made her music available on at least some streaming services, but she's not flying into the future too fast: she's also reissuing her first three full-length albums on cassette. That means a three-tape edition of 2010's epic Have One on Me. As Pitchfork notes, the tiny cassette market is booming in its own tiny way: tape sales increased 35% last year.

Justin Vernon appears on new Swamp Dogg track

Swamp Dogg, who Rolling Stone aptly describes as a "cult soul singer, has released a first track from his upcoming album Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune (Sept. 7). "I'll Pretend" is a Justin Vernon duet, with lots of vocorder. (Rolling Stone)

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