PIERRE, S.D. — Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children’s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted “Little House on the Prairie” fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.

“Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” — Wilder’s unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series — is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire while drunk off whiskey.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx have spent so much time hanging out with country artists for a Motley Crue tribute album that they know how to write the classic country song.

First, the subject of a country ballad isn’t that far from the life of a rock ‘n’ roller, the blond lead singer said as he sat in a Nashville, Tennessee, hotel next to guitarist Sixx.

Action sequel offers enormous cast, little else

Say what you will about Sylvester Stallone, but that guy can commit to an idea. No matter how hokey or nonsensical or just plain bad it might be, he is the epitome of the notion that if something works once, it will work forever and ever and ever. That’s how you get six Rocky movies and four Rambo movies.

Murakami’s latest a powerful epic of intimacy

I have a history of being weirdly obstinate with regards to book recommendations. If one or two people tell me I should read a book, I’ll strongly consider checking it out – particularly if they are people whose opinions that I trust. But if a dozen more people recommend that same book before I have a chance to get to it, I will refuse. It’s as if I’m a petulant toddler, adopting a “you’re not the boss of what I read” attitude.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 21:46

Skewed View (08/20/14)

by Kaitlyn Furge

This is a Skewed View from Bangor that you may have glimpsed while dancing, grabbing a beer, or simply relaxing with some pizza.

Last Week’s view was caught by Kailyn Furge over by Cole’s Land Transportation Museum. Don’t forget to check out the view on Facebook and guess where our wandering eye has fallen.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 21:42

Stacey’s Country Jamboree

by PR

These hands smell like gasoline

In 1973, a salesman from a news station in Bangor called Dick Stacey asking him to buy an ad for the Country Jamboree. Stacey told the man that he wasn’t interested in ad space, but said – half joking – that he would consider buying the show in its entirety. The salesman came back a few days later saying that the show was Stacey’s.

Hit maker Kenny Loggins recalls the startling moment, a few years ago, when he first heard his voice blend with those of Nashville singer songwriters Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. “I fell out of my chair the first time we sang. The vocal blend made us sound like siblings. That’s when I knew we were a band.” 

The band is Blue Sky Riders, and they are currently on a tour to support “Finally Home,” their melody and harmony-rich debut album released in 2013. The record shines with elements of pop, country, folk, blues, Americana and even Celtic and Cajun-style grooves.  

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 21:21

Hampden pool plans water carnival

by Jodi Hersey

HAMPDEN - The Lura Hoit Pool in Hampden is about to do something it has never done since opening its doors back in 1995. The pool, located on Western Avenue, is hosting its first-ever water carnival. The event is a way to thank all those who use the facility while also generating new business. 

"The pool board and I talked about wanting to do something like an end of the summer bash to get the word out to people and raise awareness that we're here," explained Darcey Peakall, pool director. 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 20:47

‘The Giver’ not well-received

by Allen Adams

YA novel adaptation fails to measure up

There has been an ongoing trend of turning popular “young adult” fiction into highly profitable cinematic endeavors over the past few years. Yes, Harry Potter was the first to unleash the magic, but more recently, we’ve seen YA series such as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” storm their way into the box office consciousness.

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