Music News 11.29.16

10 Years Later, Stories for Ways and Means “Grown-up Children’s Book” is Completed

Waxploitation record company founder Jeff Antebi decade-in-the-making “grown-up children’s” book, Stories for Ways and Means, is finally ready for the world. The 350-page charity project features original short stories written by 30 songwriters including Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Nick Cave, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and Kathleen Hanna. The book is accompanied by a series of short films with narration from Zack Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, Lizzo, and Danny DeVito. The project will raise funds for education-focused non-profits Pencils of Promise, Room to Read, and 826. The book is available for pre-order in either its standard version, or the ultra-autographed deluxe edition. (Billboard)


Announcing the Grammy Hall of Fame Class of 2017

The Grammy’s have announced their Class of 2017 Hall of Fame list. To be considered as one of the annual 25, a song must simply be at least 25 years old. Two songs making the cut right at 25 are REM’s “Losing My Religion” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Other songs included this year are Billie Holiday’s “Lady Sing the Blues,” N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton,” Prince’s “Sign O’ the Times,” “Thank You” by Sly and the Family Stone, David Bowie’s “Changes,” and Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee.” The songs will be officially inducted in tandem with the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2017 for what could potentially be the ceremony’s last on the West coast. (the FADER)



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