The Blues Titan Johnny Winter, 1944-2014

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The blues titan has passed away at the age of 70.

 

JOHNNY WINTER, BLUES guitar virtuoso and master of the Gibson Firebird, has sadly died in Switzerland at the age of 70. The news was first reported by American Blues Scene earlier today and was later confirmed by his representative.

Winter and his younger brother Edgar lived and breathed the blues. Born in the heart of the Mississippi Delta on February 23, 1944, Johnny began playing the guitar in his pre-teen years and saw first-hand how the master bluesman of the day (Muddy Waters, B.B. King) made their music. “When I was about 12, I knew I wanted to be a musician,” he recently told journalstar.com. “The blues had so much emotion and so much feeling; if you don’t have that, you’re not going to be good at it.” At 15 he formed his first band, Johnny And The Jammers, featuring brother Edgar on keyboards. The group quickly became an outlet for his obsession with the electric sound of ’50s rock’n’roll.

His first album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, was released on Austin’s Sonobeat Records in 1968. The following year he signed with Columbia Records, releasing Johnny Winter in June, playing a midnight slot at Woodstock in August and finishing 1969 with the recording of Second Winter. 1970’s Johnny Winter And album marked the beginning of his work with Rick Derringer, an association that would continue for many years, while the latter half of the decade saw Winter produce three albums for his hero Muddy Waters – Hard Again (1977), I’m Ready (1978) and Muddy “Mississippi” Waters – Live (1979).

His final album, Step Back, features contributions from Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons and Joe Perry and is due for release in September.

Check out Johnny’s blazing fretboard genius during some of his finest moments on film:

Johnny Winter at Woodstock, August 1969:

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Live In Copenhagen, 1970:

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The trailer for new documentary Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty:

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David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ to Open 52nd New York Film Festival

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David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ to Open 52nd New York Film Festival ‘Social Network’ director’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller will premiere at fest’s opening night 1 Comment Ben Affleck in “Gone Girl.”

‘Social Network’ director’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller will premiere at fest’s opening night

David Fincher’s Gone Girl, his adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling thriller about a husband suspected of murdering his missing wife, will kick off the 52nd New York Film Festival. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, is scheduled make its world premiere as the festival’s opening-night selection on September 26th.

Gone Girl is so many things at once,” NYFF Director Kent Jones said in a press release.    “[It’s] sharp as a razor about many aspects of American life that have been untouched by movies, very tough and just as funny, brilliantly acted, and 100% entertaining — a wild ride from start to finish…directed by one of the best filmmakers alive. I’m so proud to have the world premiere of this film as our opening night.”

This is not the first time that Fincher has supplied the festival with a film for its first-night slot; The Social Network, his Oscar-nominated take on the origins of Facebook, kicked off the NYFF with its world premiere in 201o. The festival has long been a launching pad for awards-season hopefuls and big-name fall releases, especially in terms of its opening selections: Pulp Fiction opened the festival in 1995; Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River in 2003; Ang Lee’s Life of Pi in 2012; and Paul Greengrass’ Captain Philips in 2013.

The rest of the New York Film Festival’s lineup is expected to be announced within the next month. Gone Girl will hit theaters on October 3rd.

Gone Girl – Das perfekte Opfer – (engl.)

Something’s afoot in the first trailer for David Fincher’s upcoming mystery thriller, Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. The new clip finds Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, reeling in the aftermath of the disappearance of his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), amidst search parties, candlelight vigils and incessant television coverage. The mood, however, soon shifts when we’re shown shots of the couple fighting and detectives scouring the Dunne residence for clues. The clip ends with a smarmy sounding Nick telling a TV interviewer: “I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer.”

While Elvis Costello’s devotional “She” provides the trailer with its eerily fitting soundtrack, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross are behind Gone Girl‘s score. Over on the film’s website, you can get a taste of the duo’s latest collaboration, a serene but disconcerting ambience of woodwind-like synths. The full soundtrack and score will be available this fall; Gone Girl hits theaters on October 3rd.

Reznor and Ross have scored two other Fincher films in the past: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for which they picked up a Golden Globe nod, and The Social Network
, which earned the pair an Oscar for Best Original Score. In other Fincher-related news, the director will no longer helm the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic that would have reunited him with Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. During negotiations, Fincher was reportedly seeking $10 million up front in fees, as well as significant control over marketing, like he was given for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But that number did not jive with the film’s studio, Sony, who are looking to be more fiscally responsible after a disappointing 2013. Fincher could re-enter negotiations, but an industry source said he would have to scale back that $10 million, calling the figure “ridiculous,” and adding: “You’re not doing Transformers here. You’re not doing Captain America. This is quality — it’s not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success but not up front.”

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While Elvis Costello’s devotional “She” provides the trailer with its eerily fitting soundtrack, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross are behind Gone Girl‘s score. Over on the film’s website, you can get a taste of the duo’s latest collaboration, a serene but disconcerting ambience of woodwind-like synths. The full soundtrack and score will be available this fall; Gone Girl hits theaters on October 3rd.

Reznor and Ross have scored two other Fincher films in the past: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for which they picked up a Golden Globe nod, and The Social Network, which earned the pair an Oscar for Best Original Score.