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Big Star re-reissues coming in September

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Stax Records has announced it’s reissuing Big Star’s “#1 Record” and “Radio City” albums, remastering them from the original analog tape and putting them out Sept. 2.

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills will provide liner notes for the albums, both of which Rolling Stone magazine famously included in its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Both records also will be available digitally, mastered for iTunes and in 24-bit high-resolution audio.

In a statement released about the project, Ardent Records founder John Fry said, “All I can say is that these were the best projects I have ever worked, with the best artists and friends I have ever had the pleasure to know. I love the music and the cast of characters: Chris, Alex Andy and Jody.”

 

Reminder: Indie Memphis concert film series starts July 25

As a reminder, Indie Memphis is launching the fourth season of its free summer Concert Film Series at the Levitt Shell tomorrow.

The series begins July 25 with a film about the historic 1958 Newport jazz festival and closes with the documentary “Meanwhile in Memphis.” Other films include performances by Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Sigur Ros and Isaac Hayes, among others.

Admission is free to each film and starts at dusk, and food and beverages will be available to purchase.

Here’es the full film schedule.

Memphis Groups Holding Rally for Israel Tonight

The Memphis Jewish community along with other representatives from the Memphis area plans to hold a rally in support of Israel tonight at 5:30 at Temple Israel, 1376 E. Massey Road.

The event comes as Israel and Hamas have been engaged in a fierce military struggle for a few weeks now. The rally will last one hour and will include remarks from Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel, Dr. Keith Norman of First Baptist Church-Broad, Church Health Center executive director Dr. Scott Morris, Rabbi Joel Finkelstein of Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth, and Rabbi Shai Finkelstein of Baron Hirsch Synagogue.

“The Rally of Solidarity and Support of Israel” is being sponsored by the Memphis Jewish Federation, which serves as the local Jewish community’s central planning body.

Esquire embarks on a road trip, savors Memphis along the way

They left Nashville in the dark, and the convey including at least one writer for Esquire Magazine made their way to Memphis, stopping at a rest area along the way.

What they found was not, in the parlance of a coach with a grudge, a city that’s still in the stone age, but rather a city where time “is something to watch pass, not a foe to be battled for every last second.”

“Whoever said, ‘good things come to those who wait,’” the Esquire article explains, “must have been in Memphis at the time.”

The Esquire piece goes on to record a travelogue that includes stops at Central BBQ, Shangri-La Records, James Davis, Lansky Bros., The Green Beetle, Alchemy, Wild Bill’s, A. Schwab and Graceland.

Rachel Hurley joins Screwpulp as “chief evangelist”

Rachel Hurley has joined the team at Screwpulp, a Memphis-based e-book marketplace.

She’s joined as the startup’s “chief evangelist,” to kick-start promotion and awareness of the venture.

Hurley is a well-known voice in social media in Memphis and beyond, and has been so for almost a decade. It started with Hurley blogging about local music, culture and nightlife, and she eventually came to work with major brands like Yahoo and Microsoft, also serving as the official blogger for Lollapalooza.

She’s also created several music-oriented podcasts that generated big audiences, and, among other things, spent almost six years working as a community manager and publicist for Ardent Studios, raising awareness for the studio nationally and spearheading fundraising for The Big Star documentary “Nothing Can Hurt Me.”

To learn more about Screwpulp, visit www.screwpulp.com.

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