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.