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August 26, 2011

Richards' book rocks

Keith Richards has gone platinum as an author.

The Rolling Stone's memoir, "Life," has sold more than

1 million copies since coming out last fall.

"Hail to the Keef!" Little, Brown and Co. publisher Michael Pietsch said in a statement Thursday, noting that "Life" was among the bestselling rock memoirs of all time.

Richards, 67, received more than $7 million for his book, which received almost universal raves.

—Associated Press

New King chiller eschews print

Stephen King is back in the e-book game.

The horror master is releasing a short story in digital format only. Scribner announced Thursday that "Mile 81," a "chilling story" set at a rest stop on the Maine Turnpike, will go on sale Sept. 1 at a suggested price of $2.99.

The new book will also include an excerpt from King's upcoming novel, "11/22/63." Klout, a San Francisco-based website that helps measure online influence, will allow some users to download "Mile 81" for free.

King has a long history of writing stories as e-exclusives. His "Riding the Bullet" novella was an early Internet sensation when it came out in 2000.

—Associated Press

DMX arrested for speeding

Troubled rapper DMX, released from an Arizona prison last month, was arrested again after the car he was driving was clocked going 102 mph on a major freeway, state police said Thursday.

State troopers pulled over the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, on Wednesday after the Chrysler 300 he was driving was caught on radar exceeding the freeway's 65 mph speed limit, said Bart Graves, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman.

A check showed Simmons' license was revoked. He was cited and released early Thursday on suspicion of criminal speeding, driving on a suspended and revoked license and reckless driving.


'Nevermind's' 20th gets salute

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart will host a Q&A session with the surviving members of rock band Nirvana to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its album "Nevermind."

Stewart will host the event on SiriusXM for two hours on Sept. 24. It will feature fans, Nirvana band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, and Butch Vig, the producer behind "Nevermind."

Kurt Cobain, the band's lead singer, committed suicide in 1994.

"Nevermind" was the band's second album and has sold 10 million units in the United States. It features Nirvana's biggest hit, "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Grohl is now the lead singer of the Foo Fighters.

—Associated Press

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