To celebrate the label's 125th anniversary, Columbia Records is releasing "360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story," a book chronicling its history, on Oct. 30. The book, with text by Sean Wilentz, traces the company from its origins in the late 1880s under Edward Easton to its artists ranging from Al Jolson to Duke Ellington to Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan and LL Cool J.
Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater announced a wide-ranging expansion of its famous Amateur Night competition, including adding a website, mobile app and partnership with London’s Hackney Empire for a transatlantic competition.
"Amy: My Daughter," due out in summer 2012, will follow the late singer's life from her mischievous early years to her rise to stardom to her much-publicized struggles with addiction and substance to her death.
Gregg Allman, frontman for the legendary Allman Brothers Band, has signed with William Morrow to bring his untitled memoir to print in spring 2012. The announcement comes two days after Pete Townshend signd with HarperCollins and on the heels of bestsellers by Keith Richards, Steven Tyler and Sammy Hagar.