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Today’s Music News: Daniel Corrigan, Allan Kingdom are subjects of new documentaries

Local photographer Daniel Corrigan, well-known for his music photography and his work for First Avenue, is being celebrated in a new episode of the Pitchfork documentary series, Unsung. Shot in Minneapolis by local director/cinematographer Dan Huitung, the video provides a retrospective of Corrigan’s work as a photographer — including his iconic images for legendary local bands like the Babes in Toyland, Husker Du, Run Westy Run and the Replacements. Explaining the photo on the Let It Be cover, which featured the Replacements on the roof of the Stinson house, Corrigan says, “I have this theory that people look different when they’re in danger, and it’s something you can’t script.” In addition to his photography, the video looks into Corrigan’s current work maintaining First Avenue, offering Corrigan’s unique perspective as a First Ave insider. (Pitchfork)

The Fader, meanwhile, will release a documentary about Allan Kingdom on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. CST. The documentary was shot in St. Paul, spurred by Kingdom’s performance with Kanye West at last spring’s BRIT Awards, which the Fader describes as “a big feat for any artist, but especially one from Minnesota.” (The Fader)

Billy Bragg has released a book of annotated lyrics, A Lover Sings, published by Faber & Faber. Released on Nov. 4, The Guardian published an excerpt from the book, including this passage: “Music can draw us out of isolation and connect us with a community where we feel our troubles and concerns are recognised and shared. If music has any real power, it lies in this moment – when we experience the solidarity of song, the cathartic realisation that you’re not the only person who shares the sentiments that are being so forcefully expressed.” The Guardian site also features video of Bragg performing an acoustic version of “A Lover Sings,” a song off his 1984 album, Brewing Up with Billy Bragg that also serves as the title of his new book. Incidentally, the book’s cover design is done in claret and blue — the club colors of Bragg’s favorite soccer team, West Ham United. In the video below (via Faber & Faber’s YouTube channel), Bragg compares and contrasts the poet and the songwriter. (The Guardian)

A hologram of Tammy Wynette is in the works for use in a stage show in Nashville in 2016. In a press release, Hologram USA CEO Alki David said, “It’s an honor to celebrate America’s musical heritage by introducing the artistry of Tammy Wynette to new audiences.” (Billboard)

As reviews come in for Morrissey‘s debut novel, List of the Lost, Morrissey is dismissing some of the negative ones as personal attacks. “I strongly believe in freedom of expression and critics have to say what they have to say,” he stated. “But often the criticisms are an attack against me as a human being and have nothing to do with what they’re reading.” (NME)

Wednesday, Nov. 4, was the night of the 49th CMA Awards in Nashville. Among the award-winners were Luke Bryan for Entertainer of the Year, “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town for Song of the Year and Single of the Year, Chris Stapleton and Male Vocalist of the Year and Miranda Lambert as Female Vocalist of the Year. (Rolling Stone)

Run the Jewels have released a video filled with cat GIFs for Nick Hook’s “All Meow Life” remix. It’s part of the duo’s all-cat remix album, Meow the Jewels, released in September. (Rolling Stone)
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And the Foo Fighters made good on their promise to play a show in Cesena, Italy. Inspired to play Cesena after that city assembled an epic video involving 1,000 musicians covering Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly,” Dave Grohl and company played to approximately 3,000 fans. “The whole world saw what you did,” Grohl told the audience, referring to the video. “Millions and millions of people saw what you did. It’s a beautiful thing.” (New York Times)