The Year in Music 2013 -- David Bowie: The Return of the Thin White Duke

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_a8dcf36fdf.jpgPhoto: Jimmy King -- After suffering a heart attack while on tour in Europe in 2004, little had been heard from David Bowie for the better part of a decade. That all changed on January 8, 2013 -- the influential singer's 66th birthday -- when Bowie surprised the music world by unexpectedly releasing a new single titled "Where Are We Now?" and an accompanying video, while also announcing that a full-length album called The Next Day would be arriving in March.

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The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt to Be Honored with Humanitarian Award in January

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_07299de187.jpgNBC Photo/Heidi Gutman -- E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt will be honored with the We Are Family foundation's humanitarian award during a January 21 celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, one the founders of We Are Family, says in a statement that Van Zandt and the other 2014 award recipients are inspirations "because of their dedication and passion to making the world a better place  -- it is their lifelong missions."

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Drummer Ricky Lawson, Who Worked with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Others, Dead at 59

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_b386f5b3fd.jpgClayton Call/Redferns -- Session drummer Ricky Lawson, who had collaborated with Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston, among other noted artists, died Monday at a suburban Los Angeles hospital, according to the Detroit Free Press. Lawson, 59, who was born in Detroit, was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm earlier this month after becoming disoriented during a performance at a California jazz club.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Finishes His Autobiography, Now Due in October 2014

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_0c0e2a1ee2.jpgPFA Media -- When Joe Perry used his Twitter account in December 2012 to share an update on his autobiography, the Aerosmith guitarist announced it would be released November 2, 2013, via Simon & Schuster. That date has come and gone, and there's no Perry-penned book in stores.  But earlier this week, he sent out a tweet with fresh information about his memoirs.

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Julian Lennon Talks New Documentary and App, Collaborating with Steven Tyler

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_2083d6cd3f.jpgMusic from Another Room -- After taking a break from music for more than a decade, Julian Lennon restarted his recording career a few years back and, earlier this year, released his latest album, Everything Changes. Now, the elder son of John Lennon is giving fans an in-depth look at the making of that album, and at his life in general, in a new documentary titled Through the Picture Window that's been incorporated into a recently released multimedia app available for Apple and Android devices.

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