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CON­TRARY to pop­u­lar be­lief Elvis Pres­ley is not dead and is re­hears­ing in a ware­house in Red­fern for his per­for­mance on the fi­nal of The Voice in a few weeks. How­ever, to com­mem­o­rate the 35th an­niver­sary of the great man’s al­leged pass­ing, Aus­tralian fans are be­ing asked by Sony Mu­sic to nom­i­nate the songs that will ap­pear on an al­bum to be re­leased on Au­gust 16. The al­bum has been sanc­tioned by the Pres­ley es­tate and Aus­tralia is the only coun­try so far to have been given this priv­i­lege.The Elvis By Re­quest al­bum will fea­ture the 40 most pop­u­lar Pres­ley tracks as voted for by Aus­tralians. If you are a fan, or if you just like vot­ing for stuff, you can vote, un­til July 13, at this web­site: www.elvis­byre­quest.com.au. AS the nights draw in and the wind-chill fac­tor tight­ens its grip it’s a com­fort to know that rock ’n’ roll will be in plen­ti­ful sup­ply at the Snowy Moun­tains this week­end. The Per­isher Snowy Moun­tains of Mu­sic festival in south­ern NSW kicked off last night and con­tin­ues un­til Mon­day evening, with per­for­mances by more than 250 acts in­clud­ing Bren­dan Gal­lagher, the Black Seeds, drum­mer ex­traor­di­naire Nicky Bomba’s new out­fit Bus­ta­mento and the ex­ot­i­cally named A French But­ler Called Smith. Elvis will be there too, of course, tak­ing a break from The Voice re­hearsals to lead a face-paint­ing work­shop out­side the Man from Snowy River Ho­tel. That’s where you’ll find SD. Come by and say hello. OUR star of the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee con­cert on Mon­day who wasn’t wear­ing hot pants, Ge­of­frey Gur­ru­mul Yunupingu, isn’t one for hav­ing his pic­ture taken, but he wasted no time in pos­ing for the cam­eras with some of his he­roes back­stage be­fore his per­for­mance. Stevie Won­der, Sir Paul McCart­ney and Sir El­ton John were all keen to get snapped with the blind singer from El­cho Is­land, we hear. SPIN Doc­tor has been study­ing with some in­ter­est and be­wil­der­ment the lat­est video to come off the Coldplay pro­duc­tion line, namely the one for Princess of China, fea­tur­ing Ri­hanna. It’s a play on an epic ninja movie, with the two pro­tag­o­nists, Ri Ri and Chris Martin, float­ing about in mid-air bran­dish­ing swords and the kind of cloth­ing ABBA would have re­jected as naff back in the day. But a few ques­tions. Why is Martin’s head stuck to Ri­hanna’s for half of the clip? And where is the band? And how does Ri Ri get 12 arms like that? We should be told. Mean­while, while oth­ers in Lon­don have been rock­ing it out with roy­alty, Coldplay has been playing to 60,000 a night at the city’s Emi­rates Sta­dium. Re­view­ers haven’t been par­tic­u­larly kind about the quar­tet’s sta­dium rock, how­ever, with The Guardian say­ing ‘‘their rock ges­tures just don’t con­vince’’. Aus­tralians can make up their own minds about that when the band gets here in Novem­ber. SPO­TIFY ap­pears to have won over Aus­tralian fans since its launch a few weeks ago, but there’s one thing SD finds par­tic­u­larly an­noy­ing about be­ing part of the mu­sic ser­vice’s com­mu­nity. Do I re­ally need to be in­formed by email ev­ery time one of my friends dis­cov­ers this lat­est piece of tech­nol­ogy? FORTY years ago today Columbia Records signed Bruce Spring­steen to the la­bel.

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