Reeling and Rocking: Dave Clark, as in the Dave Clark Five, has written a science-fiction movie called Time, which he hopes to produce in the U.S. Clark has already interested John Travolta in playing a part.... Mick Jagger is set to appear in a film of Gore Vidal's novel Kalki (you read it in Playboy in 1978). ... Steve Leber and David Krebs, who produced Beatlemania on Broadway, are talking to tennis ace John McEnroe about playing the lead in a movie version of the comic strip Archie. Bringing back the Fifties one more time.
Random rumors: Even if it's not true, we love it: Princess Di has reportedly bought a Sony Walkman to block out the shotgun blasts from Prince Charles's hunting forays. Di's listening to ABBA, We here. ... It seems that the Republican Presidential Task Force is staying current. Bluesman Furry Lewis, after his death, received a letter asking him for a contribution. It read, "What shall I tell our President, because he's personally asked me to find out why you're holding back?" Signed, Bob Packwood. Dear Bob, only God Knows.
Newsbreaks: Stevie Nicks is planning her future to include an autobiographical novel and transforming the Fleetwood Mac hit song Rhiannon into a ballet. She says, "I don't want to have to try and stay 18 forever."... Peter Allen plans to take a starring role in the PBS presentation of The Pirates of Penzance and to do another one-man show in New York's Radio City Music Hall. ... London's Victoria and Albert Museum has paid $2000 for Sex Pistols posters and promo material. The museum says, "Pop music is as important as opera and ballet."... Sotheby's in London is planning to auction off the following: John Lennon's Steinway and one of his old black-leather jackets, one of Elvis' old watches and Buddy Holly and Jimi Hendrix mementos....Pavilion Books has recently published Paul McCartney, Composer/Artist, his first book of drawings....Todd Rundgren has become the first rock star to develop a mass-marketed computer system called The Utopia Tablet System, and it's being sold by Apple Computers... We Get Letters Department: To accompany a promo copy of Rhino Records' Malibooz Rule! by The Malibooz, came this note: "Aside from the obvious hooks---Walter Egan on guitar, Lindsey Buckingham and Dean Torrence on vocals---there is also something resembling a Playboy Rabbit Head painted on the cover shot." The promo guy calls it the first surf revivalist vocal band. And to think we thought it was only rock 'n' roll... The world is not ready for this one: Allen Ginsberg, the poet, is making a double album of his poetry set to music. Ginsberg has appeared live with The Clash (that's not a typo, folks) and says rock is easy, "just like singing in the bathtub." Roll over, Chuck Berry. ...Under Pressure. the song composed and produced by Queen and David Bowie, is included in the U.S. and Canadian versions of Queen: Greatest Hits. Bowie's only previous recording with another artist was with John Lennon on Fame in 1975. Queen has never worked with anyone else before....Kenny Loggins has finished his first TV special for CBS. Stay tuned for an air date....Speaking of John Lennon, Albert Goldman, Elvis' biographer, plans to do a more respectful book about him.