Billboard Bits: Rock'n'Reel, Celine Dion, T. Rex

News on Rock'n'Reel, Celine Dion, T. Rex

LowLow, Elf Power, Mark Olson and Victoria Williams, Buddy Miller and Brandi Carlile are among the artists that will play at the 2005 Paste Rock'n'Reel Festival. Set for Oct. 22-23 in Decatur, Ga., the event is organized by the music and culture magazine Paste.

Others acts due to perform include Over The Rhine, Howe Gelb, the Cary Brothers and Erin McKeown. More than 10 hours of films, shorts and music videos will also be screened, including the documentary "High and Dry: Where the Desert Meets Rock'n'Roll." There will also be a forum with "Homestar Runner" creators the Brothers Chaps.

The full schedule will be unveiled Oct. 3 on the event's Web site. Advance tickets ($15 single day, $25 weekend pass) are already available to Paste subscribers, with general public sales to begin Friday (Sept. 30).

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

CelineAlthough an authorized biography and autobiography have already been published, "Celine Dion: For Keeps" ups the ante with myriad photos and removable facsimiles of mementos from the artist's personal life and career. Due Nov. 1 in the United States and Canada from Andrews McMeel Publishing, the book was written and compiled by Jenna Glatzer with the help of the international superstar and her husband/manager Rene Angelil.

"For Keeps" begins with Dion's childhood in Quebec and ends in Las Vegas, where her show "A New Day" is in the midst of a multi-year run at Ceasars' Coliseum. In addition to family snapshots and pictures of Dion in performance, there are photos of her with everyone from Barbra Streisand and Muhammad Ali to Pope John Paul II and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

"I went back through my personal and professional life and looked for things that stood out in my mind," Dion says about the book on her
official Web site. "Things that touched my heart, moments that made a big difference in my journey, precious keepsakes."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

MarcRhino has set a Nov. 8 release date for expanded editions of the T. Rex albums "The Slider," "Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow" and "Dandy in the Underworld," as well as a new compilation, "The T. Rex Wax Co. Singles A's and B's 1972-1977."

Each of the double-disc sets will include the original album plus a disc of previously unreleased live, demo, works-in-progress or alternate versions of the songs. Although these selections were previously issued internationally, they have not seen official U.S. release until now.

"The T. Rex Wax Co. Singles A's and B's 1972-1977" adjoins the two volumes of "T. Rex Wax Co. Singles," which were released separately overseas in 2002. The singles precede their corresponding B-sides (which often became singles themselves) and are ordered chronologically. Additionally, each album will feature liner notes from T. Rex leader Marc Bolan biographer Mark Paytress, lyrics, photos and T. Rex memorabilia.

-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.