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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

 

For today, I’ll jump on the cool train and post about Michael Jackson. And I begin with this: Why is it that artists who die always release new music again and again? How can they possibly have that much saved up, unreleased stuff?
Could this creeper still be creeping? Photo from nytimes.com.

Could this creeper still be creeping? Photo from nytimes.com.

Look at Tupac. That guy has been dead for years and he keeps coming out with new albums. Well now, Michael Jackson has hopped on board, too. His newly released song, called “This Is It” debuted last night at midnight for all MJ fans to hear. Now, the word is that there may be tons more of his music to follow.

Apparently, the song he left behind only contained his vocals and piano parts, so the rest of the song has been built up electronically. According to the New York Times, the song will run during the closing credits of MJ’s new movie, also called This Is It. What a coincidence!

A chairman of Columbia records, Rob Stringer, said that the label has over 100 songs that are close to being finished. Where is all this stuff coming from?

I heard a rumor when Michael Jackson died — that he faked his own death and is now living with Elvis in a very remote location in England. He is planning the comeback of the century and will eventually announce a tour after he announces he never died in the first place.  Hmmm….

Just throwing that out there. You decide.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Remember reading Winnie the Pooh when you were a kid? Or remember reading the Hundred Acre Wood stories to your young ones? Well, after 80 years, that lovable Pooh Bear is back! Today, a brand new book was released.

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is the sequel to the old time Winne the Pooh books we know and love. Of course, there is already controversy stemming from the latest book, too. Because the original author, A.A. Milne, has been deceased for quite some time, obviously a different writer had to step up for this new recreation. The question on everyone’s mind is whether or not it will be as good as the original Pooh books.

Meet Pooh’s new author, David Benedictus, a 71 year old English writer with a real passion for the Hundred Acre Wood cast of characters. While working on the production of the book, he tried to keep the original integrity of the House at Pooh Corner book alive.

An illustration (by Mark Burgess) from 'Return to the Hundred Acre Wood.' Photo from nytimes.com.

An illustration (by Mark Burgess) from 'Return to the Hundred Acre Wood.' Photo from nytimes.com.

According to an article from the New York Times, “readers of  Return to the Hundred Acre Wood will find that time has virtually stood still in that world. Christopher Robin is back from boarding school to hang with the gang, Pooh is still silly and cannot spell, and there’s a new BFF in the circle of animals, a saucy, pearl-wearing otter named Lottie.”

I do, however, like Benedictus’ take on Eeyore. In regards to the recreation of the character, he said, “I made Eeyore a little more proactive so he wasn’t always the victim.” Thanks for noticing him.

You’ll just have to go see about this new Pooh for yourself. Do you think it’ll stand on its own as a Winne the Pooh story book or will it fall off the radar?

Oh, bother.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

While browsing through the New York Times music section today, I came across a story about record stores and the lack thereof. After reading, it definitely got me thinking about how many I have (or have not) seen around my area.

Rock the vinyl. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Rock the vinyl. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

It is true that the invention of the internet, the compact disc, and the ability to purchase online have severely slowed down the sales of vinyl records. Of course, the fact that they are “old fashioned” doesn’t help either. A younger generation refuses to see anything past what they grew up with. But then why is it that many new artists have decided to put out their music on vinyl? There is certainly a love affair with the archaic sound quality.

I have to admit, I love the sound a vinyl record gives me. It is so genuine and pure with no technology to doctor it up. But that article I read, called “Record Stores: Out of Sight, Not Obsolete,” is right. Vinyl is hard to find these days. I can only think of a handful of stores that carry records within a 35 miles radius…but perhaps that is more than other areas around the country might have.

There’s just something so intriguing about spending hours at the local record shop, picking through every last old vinyl until you’ve finally found the right 20 or 30 to take home. It’s a past time that, hopefully, will never die.

If you live anywhere near the Stroudsburg, PA area, you might want to check out Main Street Jukebox. They are the best local record shop I can think of and have always been on a campaign to save vinyl records. They buy whole collections and have a pretty huge vinyl area to look through. Check it out and help save the record!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Over this past weekend, the 40th anniversary celebration of Woodstock was held at the original grounds of Max Yasgur’s farm. Except these days, it’s called the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

These two prove that the spirit of the 60s never died. Photo from nytimes.com.

These two prove that the spirit of the 60s never died. Photo from nytimes.com.

Instead of Max, his son Sam Yasgur was there to make an announcement to all the old hippies and younger peace-lovers. He was very happy to be able to see such a reunion take place.

The concert went on long into the night, lasting for a total of about eight hours. Also, many of the performers grouped together to sing not as separate groups, but as many talents in one.

Apparently, a wedding even took place on stage last weekend. Lead singer Leslie West of the group Mountain was married to his bride Jenni Maurer. The two were wed underneath electric guitars that were held up above them.

View a slideshow of pictures from the reunion concert, courtesy of the New York Times.

A cool thing about the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is the they have now opened a Museum dedicated to the spirit of the sixties and Woodstock. It houses exhibits, a theater, several galleries, a shop, cafe, outdoor theater, and classrooms for workshops. Find out more about it at the Museum website.

If you want to read a great review of the concert, visit the New York Times.

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