News on Kurt Cobain, TMBG, Harry Connick Jr.

Kurt"Journals," a hardcover book replicating the diaries of late Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain is near completion and will go on sale Nov. 11, Riverhead Books co-editorial director Julie Grau tells Billboard.com. "It's a replica of his notebook pages," she says of the full-color volume. "We have excised any thought of editorial intrusion. This is pure, unadulterated, Kurt Cobain."

The diaries consist of 23 notebooks and 800 pages of writings and drawings, dating from before Nirvana's 1987 formation to around the time of Cobain's April 1994 suicide. Excerpts appeared for the first time in Charles Cross' Cobain biography, "Heavier Than Heaven," published last summer by Hyperion. "The important thing is that these journals represent Kurt Cobain's life and his thoughts," Grau told Billboard.com in February. "This is a book that is going to stand on its own. It's by Kurt Cobain. There's no point comparing it to anything anyone else has written, because these are his words."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







JoanCurrently on tour in support of their recently issued kids album, "No!" (Idlewild/Rounder), They Might Be Giants have compiled an album of rarities that's only available at the band's shows and its E-commerce Web site. "They Got Lost" gathers 21 tracks from various sources, such as music the act composed for ABC's "Brave New World" series, and tracks issued online through the band's now defunct EMusic partnership, as well as "Disappointing Show," a song recorded live at New York's Columbia University that TMBG's John Flansburgh describes as "one of the most unusual spontaneous songs of our career."

Along with the band's tour, which stops tonight (July 24) in Santa Cruz, Calif., They Might Be Giants will appear Aug. 13 on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," just two days before celebrating their 20th anniversary with a free concert at New York's Central Park Summerstage.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







JoanPop crooner-turned-actor Harry Connick Jr. has emerged as the leading candidate to play a new love interest on NBC's hit comedy "Will & Grace." Connick is in discussions to join the NBC show as a recurring character, playing the new beau of Debra Messing's Grace in 12 episodes of the 2002-2003 season. Sources said he is expected to make his debut in the show's season opener, coming to Grace's rescue after she took a fall in New York's Central Park in last season's cliffhanger finale.

Connick recently starred in ABC television's remake of "South Pacific" and will next be seen in John McTiernan's thriller "Basic." Last October, he released a pair of albums, "Songs I Heard" and "30," through Columbia, which debuted at No. 88 and No. 94, respectively, on The Billboard 200.


-- Nellie Andreeva, The Hollywood Reporter

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