Billboard Bits: 'Rose & Briar,' Manics, Davie Allan

News on 'Rose & Briar,' Manics, Davie Allan

Jay Farrar; Rosanne Cash; Laurie Anderson; Bob Neuwirth; Terre Roche; Shannon McNally; Jenni Muldaur; Rodney Crowell; Steven Van Zandt; Davie Allan; Jimmy Vivino

Billboard Bits: 'Rose & Briar,' Manics, Davie Allan

JayJay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt), singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash and performance artist Laurie Anderson will take part in "The Rose & the Briar: The Floor Show" on Monday (Dec. 6) in New York. The event will present a mix of music and spoken word performances of material from "The Rose & the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad," an exploration of the art form released in September in book (W.W. Norton & Company) and CD (Columbia/Legacy) form, assembled and edited by Greil Marcus and Sean Wilentz.

Monday's event at the Ethical Culture Society Auditorium will also include musical performances by Bob Neuwirth, Terre Roche, Shannon McNally, Jenni Muldaur and Rodney Crowell. Those reading from their published essays will be Sarah Vowell, John Rockwell, Paul Berman, Joyce Carol Oates and Luc Sante.

The performance will be recorded by Fordham University's listener-supported public radio outlet WFUV for future broadcast.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

ManicsEpic has set a Feb. 8 North American release date for a 10th anniversary edition of U.K. rock act Manic Street Preachers' 1994 album, "The Holy Bible." The two-CD/one-DVD set arrives Tuesday (Dec. 8) internationally, but that DVD component will not be compatible with U.S. players (the DVD on the North American release will be).

The expanded edition of the album boasts the U.K. and U.S. mixes of "The Holy Bible," the latter of which was never released in North America due to the contemporaneous disappearance of group member Richey Edwards. Edwards has not been seen since and is presumed dead.

Also included are four previously unreleased live cuts from the era, two demos and three extracts from a session on BBC Radio 1. The DVD rounds up television performances, videos for "Faster and "Judge Yr'self" and a 30-minute band interview.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Allan"Little Steven" Van Zandt will christen his new Wicked Cool Records label with a seasonal release from Los Angeles-based surf guitar act Davie Allan & the Arrows. Due Dec. 14, "Fuzz for the Holidays" was produced by the E Street Band guitarist and cast member of the HBO series "The Sopranos," and boasts reinterpretations of a dozen holiday favorites.

Van Zandt also co-wrote the first half of the medley "Ho Ho Seven/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." The track features a guest appearance by Max Weinberg 7 ("Late Night With Conan O'Brien") bandmember Jimmy Vivino playing a rarely heard vintage keyboard instrument known as the Kooperphone (invented by Blood, Sweat & Tears/Blues Project member Al Kooper).

A veteran of the surf music scene dating back to the mid-1960s, Allan's fuzz guitar work has been heard in such cult classic films from that era as "The Wild Angels and "The Glory Stompers." More recently he has contributed music to Jim Jarmusch's "Night on Earth" and MTV's "Road Rules" series, among other projects.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.