News on Bob Dylan, 'N Sync, Blue Man Group

Bob DylanBob Dylan is writing a multi-volume autobiography, titled "Chronicles," the first installment of which is due out next year. A Simon & Schuster spokesperson declined to give details of the deal, or say how many volumes Dylan will write. "This is the big one," the spokesperson said. "It's covering his life and career. You'll have to read the rest of it to find out."

The 60-year-old singer-songwriter previously released a book of his lyrics, as well as "Tarantula," a collection of short pieces and poems he wrote while he was touring in the mid-1960s.

Dylan is on the road in support of his latest Columbia album "Love and Theft," and will hit La Crosse, Wis., tonight (Oct. 24).


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Sync'N Sync members Lance Bass and Joey Fatone will appear in a series of commercials to promote cable outlet TNT's Nov. 4 broadcast of the NASCAR Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 race and the upcoming film "On the Line," in which the two star. In the spots, the boy band members appear to be readying the Pop Secret car for the big race, but instead use the heat of the revving engine to serve up a batch of the company's popcorn. The spots will be seen on TNT and other Turner Broadcasting outlets.

As previously reported, Bass invited Vitamin C, Robyn, BBMak, and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora (who also appears in the movie) to a rough-cut screening of "On the Line," and "they each left inspired to write songs for it," according to the singer. Also included on the film's soundtrack will be a song featuring vocals by Bass, Fatone, Mandy Moore, and True Vibe, as well as tracks by Britney Spears, Al Green, Blaque, Jessica Fowler, and, of course, 'N Sync.

"On the Line" opens Friday (Oct. 26) in U.S. theaters.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







Blue Man GroupOff-Broadway performance art troupe Blue Man Group is working on a second Virgin album, provisionally titled "POV (Point of View)," for a tentative June 2002 release. The album will be the follow-up to the group's 1999 debut "Audio," which reached No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart this past May.

"We will continue to explore the 'tribadelic' sounds created by our tube drums and other invented instruments," group co-founder Chris Wink says in a statement. "But in the process we will be walking much further into the indie-rock and dance music landscapes."

"POV" will include vocals, a first for the group, which holds stage productions in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Founded in New York, Blue Man Group has extended its sphere of influence to include the Virgin audio recordings and television commercials for Intel. Earlier this year, it joined Moby and Jill Scott for a performance of the former's "Natural Blues" at the 2001 Grammy Awards telecast.


-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.




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