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Today’s Music News: Jack White writes a poem

Jack White
Jack White (Mary Ellen Matthews)

Jack White is a poet, the world discovered over the weekend when the rocker published a 19-line poem titled “Music is Sacred” on his Third Man Books site. “The melody of the human race,” writes White, “is a song that never ends.” (Rolling Stone)

Art Garfunkel has lashed out at Paul Simon in a new interview with The Telegraph. “I don’t want to say any anti-Paul-Simon things,” says Garfunkel, but then goes on to express frustration at Simon’s decision to tour with Sting instead of reunite Simon and Garfunkel. When interviewer Nigel Farndale speculates that Simon might have a Napoleon complex, Garfunkel agrees, then says that he “created a monster” when he offered Simon his friendship when the two were both schoolboys and Garfunkel felt sorry for Simon because of Simon’s short stature. Read Jay Gabler’s review of Simon’s show with Sting last year at the Xcel Energy Center.

B.B. King‘s descendants put past animosities aside for a two-hour memorial service on Saturday in Las Vegas. Eight of King’s 11 surviving children, and at least ten of his 35 grandchildren, were in attendance. King will be buried this coming Saturday in Indianola, Mississippi. (Billboard)

Bassist Louis Johnson has died of undisclosed causes at age 60. Johnson was a founding member of the Brothers Johnson, but may be best-remembered for his performances on Michael Jackson recordings including “Billie Jean” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” (Rolling Stone)

Speaking from the stage in Ridgefield, Wash., Lana Del Rey announced that her new album Honeymoon will be released in September. (Pitchfork) In other fall-release news, Grimes tweeted that she’ll release a new album in October—but that the release, when it comes, will be a surprise. (Pitchfork)

The children of late radio legend Casey Kasem have failed at their attempt to have Kasem’s wife Jean Kasem prosecuted for elder abuse. Authorities in Los Angeles said that “because of Mr. Kasem’s longstanding profound health issues, this case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury.” Tensions between Casey Kasem’s children and his wife flared in the DJ’s last days and after his death, as his children took exception to their stepmother’s care of their father. (Billboard)

The Rolling Stones officially kicked off their “ZIP Code” tour on Sunday in San Diego with a two-plus-hour set that included multiple songs from Sticky Fingers but not the entire album, which they played front-to-back at a pre-tour club show. (Rolling Stone) The tour comes to TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on June 3.

Dave Grohl joined Paul McCartney on Saturday night for a performance of the Beatles‘ “I Saw Her Standing There” at a London show that also occasioned McCartney’s first-ever live performance of “Temporary Secretary” from his 1980 solo album McCartney II. (Rolling Stone)

Bernard Sumner of New Order joined the Killers‘ Brandon Flowers on stage in Manchester on Sunday night for a performance of New Order’s 1986 song “Bizarre Love Triangle.” (Rolling Stone)