Entertainment Obama-Springsteen book 'Renegades' coming in October
Elin Hilderbrand to retire from writing beach reads in 2024
NEW YORK (AP) — Elin Hilderbrand, known as the queen of the beach read, plans to retire from writing novels in 2024. The best-selling author's latest book “Golden Girl" is her 27th book and is now available. Hilderbrand says she deliberately wants to quit while there's still an appetite for her writing. “A lot of people will follow a writer for a long time and then inevitably they will turn out a book that is not as good as the others,” Hilderbrand told The Associated Press in an interview last month. "I’ve always said to myself, ‘I will not do that. I will make each book better and better or different in some way.’ I feel myself coming to my natural end of my material.
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a new chapter in the friendship between Barack and the Boss.
"Renegades: Born in the USA" is a bound edition of the popular “Renegades” podcast featuring conversations on everything from fame to cars to the country itself between former President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen. Penguin Random House and Obama's Higher Ground company announced Thursday that “Renegades” will come out October 26. The $50 book will include rare photographs, handwritten Springsteen lyrics and annotated Obama speeches.
“Over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility," Obama said in a statement. "About work, about family, and about America. In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much. Trying to chronicle the stories of its people. Looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning and truth and community with the larger story of America.”
Broadway’s ‘The Music Man’ Replaces Scott Rudin With British Producer Kate Horton
Kate Horton, who previously ran the Royal Court Theatre in London and has held executive roles also at the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, will take over for Scott Rudin as executive producer of The Music Man, the upcoming Broadway revival starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. With the hire, The Music Man confirms what has been expected since Rudin announced in April, amidst accusations of workplace abuse and bullying, that he would step back from his Broadway responsibilities. Other formerly Rudin-produced shows, including The Lehman Trilogy, The Book of Mormon and To Kill a Mockingbird, have announced their Rudin-less returns.
In an introduction for the book, Springsteen wrote that he and Obama had raised serious issues about the “fate of the country, the fortune of its citizens, and the destructive, ugly, corrupt forces at play that would like to take it all down.”
“This is a time for serious consideration of who we want to be and what kind of country we will leave our children,” wrote Springsteen, who in 2016 received a Medal of Freedom from Obama. "Will we let slip through our hands the best of us or will we turn united to face the fire? Within this book you won’t find the answers to those questions, but you will find a couple of seekers doing their best to get us to ask better questions.”
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Today in Music History - July 16 .
Today in Music History for July 16: In 1952, Stewart Copeland, drummer with the rock band "The Police," was born in Alexandria, Va. Copeland, previously a member of the progressive rock group "Curved Air," formed "The Police" in 1977 with vocalist Sting (Gordon Sumner). Guitarist Andy Summers would join soon after. "The Police" broke up in 1986. On March 10, 2003, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed live some of their hits including "Roxanne," "Message in a Bottle," and "Every Breath You Take." Then Copeland turned to composing movie soundtracks, and performed with "The Doors of the 21st Century.