Thursday, April 8, 2004
What a difference a day -- and a Pulitzer Prize -- makes. On Monday, "A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South From Slavery to the Great Migration" by Penn history professor Steven Hahn was No. 23,286 on Barnes & Noble's sales ranking list and No. 24,609 on Amazon.com's. T
Tuesday afternoon -- a day after Hahn won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for history -- the book was at 105 and 330, respectively.
Wilco musician enters rehab
Chicago -- Wilco singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy has entered rehab for addiction to painkillers, a spokeswoman for the band said.
The treatment follows Tweedy's battle with migraine headaches, spokeswoman Deb Bernardini said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
To accommodate his recovery, the band's label, Nonesuch Records, has moved its release date of Wilco's latest album, "A Ghost is Born," from June 8 to June 22, Bernardini said Tuesday night.
The band, which is known for its idiosyncratic sound and personal lyrics, was the subject of photographer and filmmaker Sam Jones' 2002 documentary "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart."
The film follows the band's making of the album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot."
A Nick Drake fan
London -- Brad Pitt will narrate a British Broadcasting Corp. radio series about one of his musical idols, Nick Drake.
The BBC said Tuesday that the actor had recorded a two-part documentary about Drake, which will air on music station Radio 2 next month.
The plaintive singer-songwriter recorded three albums before his death from a drug overdose in 1974 at 26. Although he was a commercial failure during his lifetime, many bands have said he was a major influence, from R.E.M. to The Cure.
"I was introduced to Nick Drake's music about five years ago, and am a huge admirer of his records," Pitt said. "When Radio 2 approached me to get involved in this project, I was delighted to be asked and pleased that I was able to fit it into my schedule."
"Lost Boy -- In Search of Nick Drake" is scheduled to air May 22.
A new original recipe
Nashville, Tenn. -- Country singer Trace Adkins has gotten some good-natured ribbing from fans since he became the voice for KFC's national television campaign last month.
"I had a woman come up to me at one of my shows recently and say, 'You know, I've had this uncontrollable urge to eat more chicken lately. Do you know why that is?"' Adkins said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press.
He'll soon be appearing in front of the camera for KFC as well as behind it. He's set to film a commercial in Charlotte, N.C., next week with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The singer's baritone makes him a natural for voice-over work. His narration is heard in the film documentary "The Dance" and in specials for HGTV, The Food Network and Country Music Television. He's also been a guest on the animated Fox series "King of the Hill."