In the News: Classics come back on vinyl, Grateful Dead items head to auction and more

REISSUES… Iconic albums from John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix are the latest to get the deluxe vinyl treatment from Capitol/EMI’s “From the Capitol Vaults” campaign. On Sept. 30, Hendrix’s incendiary 1970 concert album, Band Of Gypsys, will be issued on fiery red, audiophile-quality 180-gram vinyl. Lennon’s chart-topping 1971 studio album, Imagine, also will be reissued on 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl. Each album in the “From The Capitol Vaults” series comes complete with original artwork and packaging. Capitol/EMI launched its vinyl campaign Sept. 2 with 13 classic titles, all previously out-of-print on vinyl. Included in the series’ debut were: A Perfect Circle’s Mer de Noms; The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds; Coldplay’s Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head and X&Y; Radiohead’s Pablo Honey, The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A (two 10-inch, 140-gram LPs), Amnesiac (two 10-inch, 140-gram LPs) and Hail To The Thief; R.E.M.’s Document; and Steve Miller Band’s Greatest Hits 1974-78. For details visit http://fromthecapitolvaults.comAUCTION NEWS… Rock ’n’ roll collectibles from The Grateful Dead’s Ron “Pig Pen,” McKernan, keyboardist Vince Welnick, longtime manager Rock Scully and John Kahn headline Bonhams & Butterfields’ auction on Oct. 5. The auction house will open previews for the sale on Oct. 2. The more than 170 lots to be sold include original gold records awarded to the band; Jerry Garcia artwork; unique treasures that traveled with the band and scarce concert posters; the band’s “ride” — a 1956 Chevy that transported Dead bandmates; sound equipment used on tours and in studio, original handwritten lyrics and never-before-seen ephemera. Welnick’s grand piano from his private studio could bring as much as $175,000, while Kahn’s Fender bass, used extensively on stage with Garcia and in recording sessions, could bring $15,000 to $20,000. Collectibles gifted to the consignor after Pig Pen’s death in 1973 include: a rare page of handwritten Grateful Dead lyrics and a rare 1966 poster, “Can You Pass the Acid Test,” which hung in Pig Pen’s room that was designed for telephone poles. His copy is one of the only known examples to survive (est. $25/30,000). For more information, visit www.bonhams.comAWARDS AND HONORSBrooks &  Dunn, country music’s best-selling duo, are now immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Grammy winners Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn received the 2,367th star on Hollywood Boulevard… Pioneering bluesman Bo Diddley was posthumously awarded a college degree from the University of Florida. His daughter, Evelyn Kelly, accepted the degree on his behalf… Kenny Chesney, the Country Music Association’s reigning entertainer of the year, dominates the CMA Award nominations on with seven, including album of the year. Other nominees for the award included Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, George Strait and Sugarland. Strait and Sugarland each received five nominations. Other multiple nominees included Paisley, Urban, Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson

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