ISLAND BOY — My experiences with Chris Blackwell, founder of everything Island, was pretty scattered, but I admit that when we talked and shared time, he was just an exceptionally brilliant musician. U2, Roxy Music, Free. John Martyn, Steve Winwood, Traffic., Spencer Davis, Bob Marley, Grace Jones, Spooky Tooth, King Crimson, Moot the Hoople, Fairport Convention, Marianne Faithful, Robert Palmer, Nick Drake, Eno and John Cale, and so many more , were all his artists he was discovering,
A supernatural ear for music, Blackwell propelled his Island Records in a powerhouse of a label; eventually selling it for $300 million to Polygram in 1989.
HAMM ON — (Via TV Line) Jon Hamm is back in his prestigious TV wheelhouse: The Mad Men veteran will star in the fifth season of Fargo, FX announced Monday.
Character details are sketchy at this point, but Hamm will be playing a character named Roy. Season 5 – which was officially announced in February – will take place in 2019, with the official guideline asking, “When is a kidnapping not a kidnapping, and what if your wife is not yours?”
Also joining the Season 5 cast are Ted Lasso’s Juno Temple as a character named Dot, and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Atypical) as a character named Lorraine.
Hamm, of course, is best known for playing publicist Don Draper in the AMC drama Mad Men, a role that earned him eight Emmy nominations for lead actor in a drama series, with one win in 2015. Since then , Hamm’s television roles have leaned toward comedy, with a recurring role as cult leader Richard Wayne Gary Wayne on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and a voice role on the Fox cartoon Bless the Harts. He currently stars alongside Tom Cruise in the big screen sequel Top Gun: Maverick.
Noah Hawley returns as writer and showrunner for Fargo’s fifth season. The FX crime anthology, based on the 1996 Coen Brothers film, racked up 55 Emmy nominations in its first four seasons, with a win for Outstanding Miniseries in 2014. Season 4, featuring starring Chris Rock as a 1950s Kansas City crime boss, aired in fall 2020.
SHORT TAKES — The Trail Of George W. Bush by Terry Jastrow, is a new version from Square One Publishers about a trial for Bush after the war he started; with different conclusions from his staff. Are we here ADM or not? I’m not a warrior – never have been, but the book that begins in the aftermath of 9/11 is truly gripping. I well remember 9/11 and that first night walking through my neighborhood among the embers of that day’s events. Everything was white and something I will never forget. here is the Amazon-link and I give him my highest praise… Where are you Kjersti Long? … Did Ted Lasso come? Creator Brett Goldstein says the third season currently in production in the UK will. He goes on to say that it was always intended as a three-season show. You know, with so many shows going on too long, you have to give them props. Hey, I loved the show and he will miss it…
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Jim Farber; Mark Scheerer; Tom and Lisa Cuddy; Charlie Crespo; Eppy; Randy Hoffman; Anthony Pomes; Rudy Schur; Steve Walter; Allan Steckler; Peter Abraham; Cory Robbins; Steve Plotnicki; Jesse Maidbrey; John Billings; Dart rich; Manny Bella; Coati Mundi; Roy Trakin; and CHIP!