It’s a side of Jacqueline Kennedy only friends and family knew. Funny and inquisitive, canny and cutting. In “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy,” which comes out Wednesday as part of an ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s first year in office, the former first lady was not yet the jet-setting celebrity of the late 1960s or the literary editor of the 1970s and 1980s. But she was also nothing like the soft-spoken fashion icon of the three previous years. She was in her mid-30s, recently widowed, but dry-eyed and determined to set down her thoughts for history. Kennedy met with historian and former White House aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. and chatted about her husband and their time in the White House. The young Kennedy children, Caroline and John Jr., occasionally popped in, and can be heard on the audio disks accompanying the book. She never wrote a memoir and became a legend in part because of what we didn’t know.
The book helps fill in some of those gaps. Jacqueline Kennedy died in 1994, and Schlesinger in 2007. … Bob Seger is headed to iTunes. The rocker’s move into the digital music world starts Tuesday, when his two multiplatinum concert albums “Live Bullet” (1976) and “Nine Tonight” (1981) are released for download at iTunes and Amazon. With 16 studio albums — and a new one to come next year — the 66-year-old Michigan icon has only scratched the surface, and said his remaining catalog “will come out in dribs and drabs.” Seger said he’ll also use iTunes to unveil songs from his sizable backlog of unreleased material. In the decade since Apple launched iTunes, Seger was one of the most notable holdouts, part of a stubborn but shrinking group that still includes AC/DC, Garth Brooks and Kid Rock.