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Digest: Johnny Cash Rarities Released; Michael Jackson Was Dead Before Reaching ER

Also: Big Boi joins Animal Collective's festival; Vampire Weekend member scores brother's first movie

January 7, 2011 3:35 PM ET
Johnny Cash in Los Angeles, 1960.
Johnny Cash in Los Angeles, 1960.
Photograph by John Hamilton

Johnny Cash Rarities to be Released
From Memphis to Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2 — a collection of demos, B sides, non-album singles and live performances by Johnny Cash — will be released in February. The set will include previously unreleased demos from before Cash was signed to Sun Records, a radio session from 1955 recorded at KWEM in Memphis and outtakes from sessions produced by Sam Phillips and Jack Clement at Sun studios. [Press release]

Doctors Says Michael Jackson Was Dead Before Arriving at ER
The fourth day of preliminary hearings in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, has yielded yet more bad news for the doctor's defense. Dr. Richelle Cooper from the emergency room at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center testified yesterday that the pop star was dead long before arriving at the facility. This supports the prosecution's case that Dr. Murray waited too long to act after discovering Jackson's breathless body. [Billboard]

Big Boi Joins Animal Collective's Festival
Big Boi of Outkast has been added to the bill of an All Tomorrow's Party festival curated by Animal Collective. The festival, which will take place May 13th to 15th in Minehead, England, will also include performances by Atlas Sound, minimalist composer Terry Riley and Animal Collective themselves. [ATP]

Vampire Weekend Member Scores Film
Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij has composed a score for his filmmaker brother Zal's first movie. Sound of My Voice, a drama about a couple who fall under the sway of a cult, will debut at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. [NME]

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