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Step­pen­wolf ’s Goldy McJohn has died

One of the Cana­dian found­ing mem­bers of Step­pen­wolf, the band best known for the clas­sic-rock sta­ples “Born to be Wild” and “Magic Car­pet Ride,” has died. Key­board player Goldy McJohn, whose given name was John Goadsby, died on Tues­day of a heart at­tack, ac­cord­ing to a post on his Face­book page. He was 72. A fu­neral ser­vice has been sched­uled for next Fri­day in Seat­tle. McJohn and lead singer John Kay were among the found­ing mem­bers of Step­pen­wolf. The band got its start in Toronto and found huge suc­cess with its 1968 self-ti­tled de­but al­bum. Step­pen­wolf had been short­listed for in­clu­sion in the 2017 in­duc­tion class for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but was not se­lected. While the band’s lineup in­cluded a num­ber of mu­si­cians over the years, the rock hall’s bio of the group named McJohn, Kay, as well as Cana­di­ans Jerry Ed­mon­ton and Nick St. Ni­cholas among the core mem­bers.

Un­re­leased Neil Young al­bum out in Septem­ber

Neil Young recorded his 1976 acous­tic al­bum “Hitch­hiker” in a sin­gle day, but un­til now fans could only dream of get­ting their hands on it. Af­ter sit­ting in Young’s vaults for more than four decades, the Toronto-born rocker has marked Sept. 8 for its of­fi­cial re­lease. “Hitch­hiker” fea­tures two never-re­leased tracks, “Hawaii” and “Give Me Strength,” and early ver­sions of songs “Poc­a­hon­tas” and “Pow­derfin­ger,” which later ap­peared on his 1979 al­bum “Rust Never Sleeps.” On Fri­day, the al­bum’s ti­tle track ar­rived on stream­ing mu­sic ser­vices and in dig­i­tal stores. An al­ter­nate cut of the track ap­pears on 2010’s “Le Noise.” Pre-sales of “Hitch­hiker” are avail­able on Young’s web­site as a stand­alone CD or vinyl, or pack­aged with an of­fi­cial “Hitch­hiker” camp­fire mug.

Nor­man Rock­well’s fam­ily op­pose sale of artist’s work

Nor­man Rock­well’s fam­ily has come out against a Mas­sachusetts mu­seum’s planned sale of one of the il­lus­tra­tor’s works. In a let­ter to The Berk­shire Ea­gle the fam­ily asked the Berk­shire Mu­seum in Pittsfield not to auc­tion “Shuf­fle­ton’s Bar­ber­shop.” The mu­seum is sell­ing 40 art­works, in­clud­ing two by Rock­well, to build en­dow­ment funds and fi­nance ren­o­va­tions. The sale has been widely con­demned. The let­ter, signed by Rock­well’s three sons and three of his grand­sons, doesn’t men­tion the other Rock­well piece, “Black­smith’s Boy-Heel and Toe.” Both were gifts to the mu­seum from the artist. The pres­i­dent of the mu­seum’s trustees says she ap­pre­ci­ates the Rock­well fam­ily’s pas­sion, but the auc­tion will pro­ceed.

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