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For her documentary on the life of rock legend Eric Clapton “Life in 12 Bars,” director Lili Fini Zanuck utilized a combination of pro-shot archival footage, shaky old-school home movies, still images and voiceovers.

The film is an emotionally impactful and revealing but incomplete portrait of one of popular music’s most beloved yet misunderstood figures. The film appeared in select theatres before going to Showtime and is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

“Life in 12 Bars” packs an emotional wallop through Clapton’s willingness to share so much of his real story – warts and all – through both contemporary and vintage interviews.

BANGOR - Tim and Cameron Ward are two of the most visible people in the Bangor area community.

A single dad to a son with special needs, Tim can regularly be seen strolling along the Bangor Waterfront with Cam. You may find the pair taking in live music at a local establishment, showing support for the Black Bears hockey team at Alfond Arena in Orono, sharing a meal in a local restaurant or attending church at the Newman Center at the University of Maine.

Anyone who knows Tim and Cam has a story to share, and it usually revolves around Tim’s tireless devotion to his son. Spend time with them and you will hear the words ‘I’m proud of you’ directed from father to son. It’s probably Tim’s most frequently used sentence – and he means it.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:27

New archival music: Part II

Our second installment of pending archival music releases previews upcoming boxed sets and deluxe anniversary reissues. In part one (May 8 edition of The Maine Edge), we checked out recent archival releases from The Who, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Garcia and Otis Redding.

Some of what’s coming soon:

BANGOR - For the fifth Memorial Day weekend in a row, many of the greater Bangor area’s most popular bands will come together for a fundraising celebration of the local live music scene.

The 2018 edition of the Penobscot Music Festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, from noon to 6 p.m., outside the Anah Shrine building at 1404 Broadway in Bangor. In the event of rain, the concert will move indoors.

Admission will be by donation with all proceeds designated for Shriners Hospitals for Children – a network of 22 non-profit medical facilities across North America.

To honor the 111th anniversary of his father’s birth, Ethan Wayne - son of legendary actor, John Wayne - is currently hosting a 10-day marathon of classic westerns, presented uncut and commercial-free on HDNet Movies.

The ‘Western Icons’ marathon began on May 18 and continues through Sunday, May 27. A 24-hour Memorial Day marathon of the films will begin at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 28. Two films in the series are shown nightly, beginning at 7 p.m.

Sometimes, rock and roll dreams really do come true. Just ask Yayo Sanchez, a 25-year-old guitarist and audio recording engineer from Austin, Texas.

Journey keyboardist and songwriter Jonathan Cain says the perfect opening for his long-awaited memoir, “Don’t Stop Believin’: The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations” (Zondervan/Harper Collins), arrived when his band received a richly deserved, long overdue accolade in April 2017.

“The opening is the most important part of a memoir,” Cain told me during an interview for BIG 104 FM and The Maine Edge. “Those first three chapters are so important for setting the stage. Once Journey was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I had my opening. I’m glad that I had that experience because I don’t think it would have been the same book without it.”

A band that had achieved mega-success more than a quarter-century before the Rock Hall induction, Journey had been continually snubbed by the nominating committee – that is until they appeared on an online fan vote ballot. Journey’s loyal and passionate audience – the same one responsible for the sale of nearly 50 million of the band’s albums in the U.S. - responded overwhelmingly.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” is a revealing, inspiring and fast-moving account of Cain’s life in and out of music.

Vault plundering is still a big business for the music industry. As record labels and artist estates explore new revenue streams, archives are scoured for releasable tapes, resulting in a wealth of newly spiffed up catalog titles and specialty commemorative releases.

This is part one of our two-part sampling of some of the high-profile offerings due to be liberated from the archives over the next two months (and a couple that are out now).

A few months back, I sat down to give a few Netflix standup comedy offerings what I refer to as “the 10-minute test” - if it doesn’t grab me during the first 10 minutes, I usually move on. One of those specials grabbed me in less than two minutes, one that I’ve returned to several times since – “Todd Glass: Act Happy.”

Singer La Toya Jackson says she considered herself a fair cook – that is until she became a contestant on the Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition” - a star-studded culinary boot camp where recruits compete for bragging rights and a $25,000 jackpot for the charity of their choice.

“Before I started on the show, on a scale of one to 10, I would have given myself a three,” Jackson said via phone interview. “Once you get on the show, they start telling you and showing you things. You would be surprised at what you don’t know in the kitchen.”

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