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Digest: Morrissey Is Finalizing His Memoir; Dave Matthews Band Announce Caravan Festival Sites

Also: David O. Russell wants to work with Britney Spears; Rufus Wainwright to release huge box set

April 21, 2011 2:45 PM ET
Digest: Morrissey Is Finalizing His Memoir; Dave Matthews Band Announce Caravan Festival Sites
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Morrissey's Autobiography Is Almost Complete
Morrissey has confirmed in an interview with BBC Radio 4 that he has nearly finished work on his autobiography. "I've reached the re-drafting, trimming stage," he said. Morrissey does not have a deal with a publisher yet and told the BBC that he'd like to have the book published as part of the Penguin Classics series despite that franchise issuing only established literary works.  [NME]

Dave Matthews Band Festival Sites Revealed
The Dave Matthews Band have announced that the last two of the band's four planned Caravan festival events for the summer will be held at Governors Island in New York City and the Gorge Amphitheater is George, Washington. The first two Caravan events will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Chicago. [Billboard]

David O. Russell Wants to Work With Britney
Director David O. Russell told New York magazine at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere last night that he would like to work with Britney Spears on a future project. "I think Britney could be great in a lot of different things, and I’m a huge fan of hers. And I actually auditioned her for a couple things," he said. Russell also mentioned that he'd like to work with Johnny Depp, Cher and Jack White. [Vulture]

Rufus Wainwright Box Set on the Way
House of Rufus, a 19-disc box set spanning the entire career of Rufus Wainwright, will be released on July 18th. The comprehensive set will be encased inside a red velvet–covered 90-page hardback book featuring lyrics, photos and art prints, as well as liner notes by Neil Tennant, Linda Thompson, Lenny Waronker, sister Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright himself. [press release]

Wavves Frontman Plans Comic Book
Nathan Williams, the frontman of the indie punk band Wavves, has announced that he is co-writing a new comic book titled Negative Dad. The comic, which is co-written by his friend Matt Barajas and illustrated by Nicholas Gazin, will tell the story of a group of mutant teenagers. (Williams describes the comic as "an extra-retarded X-Men.") The series is planned to run at least 12 issues and is likely to come packaged with cassettes featuring music by Williams and others. [Pitchfork]

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