Kickstarter launched to raise funds for Memphis music history book

Shangri-La Projects has announced a Kickstarter campaign for a book by Ron Hall tentatively titled “Memphis: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Years,” to be published this fall.

The book purports to be an exhaustive look at the city’s live concert history from 1955-1985, including hundreds of rare live photographs.

The project is looking to raise $3,00 in book production costs and runs through May 8. For more information, click here.

Live music series called Thursdays Squared coming to Overton Square

Overton Square is getting a regular live music series called Thursdays Squared.

Resource Entertainment Group is launching the event, which will arrive at the Tower Courtyard at Trimble Place and Florence Street on Thursdays starting April 17. It’ll be a concert, but also more than that – a street party with an outdoor music festival feel that includes beer and wine for sale.

Covers will range from $5 to $15 depending on the band. Up first is Party Planet April 17, with special guests including Al Kapone, Ruby Wilson and more.

A few nuggets of Big Star news

Universal Music Group has acquired the international rights to the “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” documentary released in 2012.

Universal also has announced it will release the film later this year “in various configurations” including in a deluxe box set that includes Big Star’s albums in CD format, as well as via digital download and as a standalone Blu-Ray and DVD.

In unrelated Big Star news, Holly George-Warren, author of the newly released biography of Big Star lead singer Alex Chilton – “A Man Called Destruction” – will take part in a conversation next week at Crosstown Arts.

The book is the first biography of Chilton, and the event is April 2 at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Butler Snow adds three in Memphis

Memphis attorney Jenny Kiesewetter and Marianne Clendenen, along with benefits compliance adviser Jamie Red, are joining the business services group of the Butler Snow law firm in Memphis.

Kiesewetter focuses her practice on employee benefits, employee welfare benefits, Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters, executive compensation, healthcare compliance and regulatory matters, and corporate law. Clendenen’s practice focuses on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and employee benefits.

Red joins Butler Snow as a non-attorney benefits compliance advisor. She has experience in matters including employee benefits, healthcare regulatory compliance, corporate and transactional law, insurance and medical malpractice defense, and more.

Truck Stop chef could be determined by Tennessee Brewery contest

Supporters of the recently unveiled revitalization project at the Tennessee Brewery, which I first wrote about earlier this month, are thinking about holding a contest there once everything is under way. The contest would be for aspiring chefs who would get access to a food truck for a day.

The winner, according to Taylor Berger, could become the chef at the Truck Stop restaurant in Midtown.

Berger is part of a team preparing to take short-term ownership of the Tennessee Brewery, with plans to bring a variety of uses to the site from roughly the last weekend in April through the last weekend in May. Details are still forming, but the plan he’s already talked about publicly involves the possibility of a beer garden, food trucks and possibly live music.

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