Music News Roundup – 28 October 2014

Reggie Myers

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Hey everyone. The music news landscape has been a little dry as of late, but there’s still at least one interesting story for this week’s Music News Roundup.

A Grateful Dead Documentary Coming to a Theatre Near You

Yet another legendary rock band will have a documentary made about them. The Grateful Dead has authorized a documentary that will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese among others. The documentary is slated to include footage of performances and behind-the-scenes of the band no one has never seen before as well as interviews with the living members.

Concerning the new film, the band released this statement, ‘Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese. From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living In The Material World, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved. The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them.’

According to a Deadline.com article, Alex Blavatnik will be financing the project through AOMA Sunshine Films. It has also been reported Eri Eisner, Nicholas Koskof, and Justin Kreutzmann will all produce the film as a joint production between their three separate companies.

No word has been said yet on when the film will debut or where, but fans of Grateful Dead will surely be waiting for the next announcement.

Taylor Swift Named New York City’s Welcome Ambassador

You never know where one moment or in this case, one song may take you. Yesterday morning, Taylor Swift was named the new Welcome Ambassador for Tourism for New York City.

The Hollywood Reporter says this came about in part because of the first song on 1989 titled Welcome to New York, which can be found playing in the background of the new videos released on the New York City tourism website. The song, which was written by Ryan Tedder of One Republic, was released last Tuesday on iTunes.

When asked about the song by Billboard.com, Swift had the following to say, ‘I started the album with ‘Welcome to New York’ because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years. It’s like an electric city, and I approached moving there with such wide-eyed optimism. I saw New York as a place of endless potential and possibilities, and you can hear that reflected in this music and in this song.’

If you’re interested, the videos for the new campaign can be viewed here.

That’s it for this week’s edition of the Music News Roundup. What music related stories are you caring about right now? Let me know.

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