Billboard Bits: George Harrison, VH1, MusiCares/MAP

News on George Harrison, VH1, MusiCares/MAP

GeorgeThe 75-minute DVD included in Capitol's recently released George Harrison boxed set, "The Dark Horse Years, 1976-1992," will be released individually on Nov. 2. The 75-minute film sports seven music videos for such tracks as "Got My Mind Set on You" and "When We Was Fab" and four live clips from Harrison's 1991 Japanese tour with Eric Clapton ("Taxman," "Cloud 9," "Devil's Radio" and "Cheer Down").

Also included are three extracts of Harrison performing in the 1986 Madonna film "Shanghai Surprise" and studio clips of the artist dueting with Vicki Brown on the title song. Elsewhere, Harrison discusses his solo career and the motivation for forming his own Dark Horse label.

The DVD's 28-page booklet sports an essay from Harrison's wife Olivia and a photo gallery.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

RussellVH1 will explore musical history next month with "And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip Hop." Premiering Oct. 4, the five-part series charts the genre, from its rudimentary urban beginnings through today's dominance of the pop landscape.

Executive produced by Russell Simmons, founder of seminal hip-hop label Def Jam, the series boasts new and archive interviews with a veritable hip-hop who's who, including Afrika Bambaataa, Ice-T, OutKast, Eminem, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Rubin, Grandmaster Flash, Chuck D, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Nas, Kool Herc and KRS-One.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

After years of information collaboration, the Recording Academy's MusiCares Foundation is acquiring the Musicians' Assistance Program (MAP), a non-profit organization that provides musicians with treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. The move ensures that the legacy built and nurtured by MAP founders Buddy Arnold and Carole Fields -- who both died in the past 12 months -- will live on.

"The Academy has admired the work MAP has accomplished for many years and, through our MusiCares Foundation, we have collaborated in service to thousands of music people in need," says Recording Academy president Neil Portnow. "Now fulfilling the dreams of both organizations, we are ready and eager to join forces to maximize and focus our resources to help the greater music community and to become the charity for our industry."

Under the terms of the acquisition, MAP and MusiCares will be joined under the MusiCares name. A vital fund will be maintained bearing the MAP name and supporting its longstanding mission. Harold Owens, MuisCares director of addiction recovery services, will lead these services for the merged organization.

-- Tamara Conniff, N.Y.