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More Top Stories: Tom Waits, Jane's Addiction

August 31, 2010 11:01 AM ET

Tom Waits Photo Book Out October 29th
Over three decades, photographer Anton Corbijn has shot hundreds of portraits of Tom Waits. On October 29th, 200 of those photographs will be showcased in Waits/Corbijn 1977-2010, paired with lyrics from throughout Waits' career. [Twenty Four Bit]

Jane's Addiction to Play Tony Hawk Benefit
Jane's Addiction will perform with new bassist Duff McKagan at Tony Hawk's Stand Up for Skateparks benefit event on October 17th in Los Angeles. "Music of Jane's Addiction flying through the air; Tony Hawk flying through the air, that's a party!" Perry Farrell said in a statement. [ The Hollywood Reporter]

Lady Gaga Angers Edmonton
Officials in the Canadian city of Edmonton are upset that Lady Gaga Tweeted a photo of a sign, reading "Oil Country," in which the second "O" was removed. The letter was taken out to make room for a spotlight used in Gaga's recent Edmonton show. Officials say the Tweet reflected poor taste, and casts the city in a negative light. [CTV Edmonton]

Rave Organizers Sue Los Angeles
A promoter is suing the city of Los Angeles for canceling an October 30th performance by electronic artist Tiesto. The cancellation follows to a recent crackdown on raves following the drug-related death of a 15-year-old girl at the Electric Daisy fest. [ Los Angeles Times]

Plus: Radiohead fans band together to make live DVD, Beatles (illegally) appear on a digital music service and more.

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Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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