Digest: Ryan Adams Records With Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan Producer; Chic's Nile Rodgers Beats Cancer

Also: Jermaine Jackson to write memoir about Michael Jackson; Mountain Goats auction song to benefit Japan recovery efforts

March 17, 2011 11:30 AM ET
Digest: Ryan Adams Records With Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan Producer; Chic's Nile Rodgers Beats Cancer
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Ryan Adams Begins New Album With Glyn Johns
Ryan Adams is working on a new album with Glyn Johns, the legendary producer of records by Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Clash, the Who, the Eagles and many others. No other details about Adams' new record have been made available. [NME]

Nile Rodgers is Cancer-Free
Chic's Nile Rodgers has announced on his website that his doctors say that he is now cancer-free. The guitarist had been battling what he had referred to as aggressive cancer in a previous blog post.  [Nile Rodgers]

Jermaine Jackson to Write Memoir About Michael Jackson
Jermaine Jackson has begun work on a memoir about his relationship with his brother Michael Jackson. The book, titled You Are Not Alone: Through A Brother's Eyes is set to be released by the end of this year. [Reuters]

The Mountain Goats Auction Song For Charity
John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has announced that he will be auctioning off a cassette tape featuring a demo of an unreleased tune called "Eugene Sue" to benefit Doctor Without Borders' recovery efforts in Japan. [Pitchfork]

MTV to Revive '120 Minutes'
120 Minutes, MTV's indie rock and alternative music showcase that originally ran from 1986 until 2000, is about to be revived by the network as a monthly series on MTV2. The series will be hosted by Matt Pinfield, who previously hosted the show in the late Nineties. A sister program, 120 Seconds, will appear weekly on the MTV Hive website. [Press release]

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