Music News Digest: Week Of August 23, 2020

August 31, 2020 by Amy Gold

During the week of August 23, 2020, it was announced that a new John Lennon box set, "Gimme Some Truth - The Ultimate Mixes," will be coming out on October 9 in tribute to what would have been the late rock legend's 80th birthday. That same week, Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, who was sentenced to 20 years to life after shooting him outside his apartment on December 8, 1980, was denied parole for the 11th time.

Also that week, Record Store Day 2020, which will be spread out over three days this year due to COVID-19 concerns, kicked off on August 29 with limited-edition offerings by David Bowie, Elton John, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Who, and more. The next two installments (called "Record Store Day drops") will take place September 26 and October 24. Visit for a full list of recordings and participating stores.

"The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (And Other Artists)," a new memoir by Doors drummer John Densmore, will be coming out on November 17, 2020. This upcoming book includes stories about his interactions over the years with various musicians, including Janis Joplin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, and late Doors bandmates, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek. "The Seekers" is a sequel to "The Doors: Unhinged," a book published in 2013 about the legal battles Densmore fought with Manzarek and Robby Krieger after they launched a new incarnation of The Doors without his consent.

"Somebody Up There Likes Me," a new Ronnie Wood documentary that premiered last October at the London Film Festival, will get a virtual cinema release starting September 18, 2020 before coming out October 9 on DVD and Blu-ray along with a same-titled companion book. This movie covers the longtime Rolling Stones guitarist's life and career from his childhood to the present. For more info and tickets, visit

"Phil Lynott: Songs For While I'm Away," a new documentary about the life and career of the late Thin Lizzy frontman, will premiere in select theaters this fall. This upcoming film tells the story of how Lynott became one of Ireland's greatest rock stars beginning in the mid 1960s and his struggles growing up black in Dublin during the 1950s. Visit for more info about tickets, dates, and locations.

Finally, August 25, 2020 marks the 45th anniversary of the release of Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run," the album that launched him to stardom. This classic recording includes the 1975 smash title track as well as other songs for which The Boss became famous such as "Jungleland," "She's The One," and "Thunder Road."

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