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Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

by on Oct.21, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

Hal Leonard Books will release a softcover edition of '108 Rock Star Guitars' by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson on November 11. This exquisite book, originally issued as an embossed, red leatherette-bound hardcover in limited quantity that USA Today called, “…a monster of a coffee table book…” will now be available to a much wider audience at a more affordable retail price of $54.

Hailed as “impressive,” “jaw-dropping,” “masterpiece” and “elegant” by media and artists alike when it was released in October 2013, 108 Rock Star Guitars received widespread accolades for its overall design and the artistry of the images—up-close portraits of the cherished guitars belonging to some of the world’s most iconic players. American Photo magazine named it one of the “Best Photo Books of the Year” for 2013, while Brian Setzer called it, “The classiest guitar book I have ever seen.”

Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Dave Mustaine, Phil Collen, Carlos Santana, Jack White, Ronnie Wood, Lou Reed, Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Robby Krieger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, and Les Paul, who also wrote the foreword, are among the rock stars whose instruments are featured.

The softcover, with French flaps, includes many of the same features of the original book in a slightly smaller size (9×10.5”): 396 pages, 486 gorgeous color images, reproduced using a six-color printing process, on high quality paper, and cover art that replicates the hardcover’s award-winning design.

“I am thrilled that Hal Leonard, with its global distribution channels, will publish the softcover edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars,” Johnson commented. “Even at a lower price, it was essential that this version maintained the style and beautiful quality of the hardcover edition, and I think anyone who sees this book will appreciate the care and detail that went into the new presentation.”

In 108 Rock Star Guitars, Johnson’s extreme close-up images capture the intimate details of her six-string subjects in a fresh and distinctive way revealing the beauty and art in these magnificent instruments, and giving insight into the personality of the musicians who play them. Additionally, she provides personal anecdotes describing her 17-year quest to photograph these guitars and documents her travels from the backstage hallways of some of the world’s most famous venues to the artists’ private homes.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the softcover edition will benefit the Les Paul Foundation, which supports music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. Pre-order now at www.amazon.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa S. Johnson grew up in an artistic family, where she fell in love with melody and imagery and pursued a career in photography. After a successful 10-year stint working at Eastman Kodak, she met the owner of a vintage guitar shop in Memphis, Tenn., and began exclusively photographing guitars. She lives in Las Vegas.

ABOUT LES PAUL (FOREWORD)

Les Paul was a guitar player, inventor, and recording artist, and an innovator throughout his career. In 1941, he built his first solid-body electric, helping shepherd into existence rock music as we know it. A pioneer whose name graces some of the most beloved six-strings ever manufactured, Paul died in Mahwah, N.J., where he had spent much of his life, in 2009 at the age of 94.

ABOUT THE LES PAUL FOUNDATION:

The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit, and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth, establishes music-related scholarships at schools and programs for students, provides grants for medical research and programs related to hearing impairment, and supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements. www.lespaulfoundation.org

Check out a few video clips with Lisa sharing her interactions with some of the guitars featured in this fabulous book!



Rock Star Guitars book

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2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies recap (video)

by on Apr.12, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies recap (video)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place Thursday night (Apr. 10) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. An edited for broadcast showing of the ceremonies, will be airing on HBO this May 31, but in the meantime, check out the best of the video highlights we found on youtube, in sequence of show order.

Peter Gabriel Induction speech and performance


Cat Stevens Induction speech and performance


KISS Tom Morello induction speech and acceptance speeches with original members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley


Linda Ronstadt tribute with Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris and Carrie Underwood



Bruce Springsteen inducts The E Street Band and performance



Nirvana inducted by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

Hall & Oates


Nirvana induction speeches by Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's relatives

Joan Jett, Kim Gordan, St. Vincent & Lorde with Grohl, Novoselic, and Pat Smear



Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2014 poster

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‘An Evening with Yes’ to open new Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles

by on Jul.05, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

‘An Evening with Yes’ to open new Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles

Progressive Rock giants YES will be the opening band at the new Vina Robles Amphitheatre on July 6th. The band will be playing 3 albums in their entirety: The YES album, Close To The Edge, and Going For The One. Yes kicks off an impressive lineup of artists for the inaugural season at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre, located just off Highway 46 at 3800 Mill Road in Paso Robles, California. Right now you can take advantage of a great opening day special offer, with all lawn tickets to shows just $25 for 25 hours! From 9am July 5th, until 10am July 6th, all lawn tickets are $25 with no fees when purchased online at www.vinaroblesamphitheatre.com

Check out the impressive lineup -
July 6: Yes
July 9: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers / Railroad Earth
July 14: Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion
July 30: ZZ Top
Aug. 8: An Evening With Lyle Lovett & his Large Band
Aug. 9: Los Lobos / Los Lonely Boys / Alejandro Escovedo
Aug. 10: Tony Bennett with Antonia Bennett
Aug. 14: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Amanda Shaw / Ethan Tucker
Aug. 15: Darius Rucker
Aug. 30: Ziggy Marley / Steel Pulse
Aug. 31: Frampton's Guitar Circus featuring Peter Frampton along with B.B. King with Sonny Landreth and Special Guest Richard Thompson
Sep. 4: Sammy Hagar - Four Decades of Rock with Rival Sons
Sep. 14: The Dooobie Brothers
Sep. 21: George Lopez "It’s Not Me, It’s You" Tour with Bryan Kellen
Sep. 22: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Oct. 3: Bonnie Raitt
Oct. 8: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell
Oct. 11: John Fogerty
Oct. 25: Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum Tour 2013
Oct. 29: An Evening With The Moody Blues

Vina Robles Ampitheatre

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Rock On the Talks: 12/3-12/7

by on Dec.03, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Rock On the Talks: 12/3-12/7

Rock On the Talks for the week of Dec. 3-8
Dec. 3: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones - Late Show With David Letterman
Dec. 3-7: Richie Sambora (week long house band) - Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
Dec. 3: Dave Matthews - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Dec. 4: Bonnie Raitt - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Dec. 5: Bonnie Raitt - The View
Dec. 5: Robert Cray - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Dec. 6: Dave Grohl (guest host) - Chelsea Lately!
Dec. 6: the Gaslight Anthem - Conan
Dec. 7: Garbage - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Dec. 10: Jack White - Conan
Dec. 11: Lifehouse - Live With Kelly & Michael
Dec. 11: AWOLNATION - Late Show With David Letterman
Dec. 13: Ryan Adams - Conan

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Led Zeppelin receives the Kennedy Award at The White House from President Barrack Obama (video)

by on Dec.03, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Led Zeppelin receives the Kennedy Award at The White House from President Barrack Obama (video)

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were awarded America's greatest cultural honor, the Kennedy Award, by President Barack Obama at The White House in Washington on Sunday, December 2nd. Also honored were late night TV host David Letterman, Actor Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova.

The Kennedy Award is the nation's highest award for those who influenced American culture through the arts. The recipients will be saluted by fellow performers in a show that will air Dec. 26th on CBS.

Obama elicited laughs from his guests when he described the honorees as "some extraordinary people who have no business being on the same stage together."

While introducing the honorees at a ceremony in the White House East Room, Obama joked, "I worked with the speechwriters - there is no smooth transition from ballet to Led Zeppelin."

Noting that Buddy Guy made his first guitar strings using the wire from a window screen, he said, "That worked until his parents started wondering how all the mosquitoes were getting in." Guy, a sharecropper’s son who made his first instrument with wire scrounged from his family’s home in rural Louisiana.

“He’s one of the most idiosyncratic and passionate blues greats, and there are not many left of that original generation,” said Bonnie Raitt, who as an 18-year-old blues singer was often the warm-up act for Guy. Raitt led a tribute that included singer Tracy Chapman and guitarist Jeff Beck. Guy, 76, was a pioneer in the Chicago blues style that pushed the sound of electrically amped guitar to the forefront of the music.

“You mastered the soul of gut bucket,” actor Morgan Freeman told the Kennedy Center audience. “You made a bridge from roots to rock ’n roll.”

Buddy Guy's blues influence made its way across the Atlantic to Britain and had a profound effect on the men who would become Led Zeppelin: guitarist Jimmy Page, 68, vocalist Robert Plant, 64, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, 66, and drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980.

“Of course, these guys also redefined the rock and roll lifestyle,” the president said to audience laughter about Zeppelin. Obama added, "When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming,"

"There was this singer with a mane like a lion and a voice like a banshee, a guitar prodigy who left people’s jaws on the floor, a versatile bassist who was equally at home on the keyboards, a drummer who played like his life depended on it. It’s been said that a generation of young people survived teenage angst with a pair of headphones and a Zeppelin album...but even now, 32 years after John Bonham’s passing - and we all I think appreciate the fact - the Zeppelin legacy lives on."

The president thanked the members of Led Zeppelin for behaving themselves at the White House given their history of "hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around."

"It's fitting that we're doing this in a room with windows that are about three inches thick and Secret Service all around," he said to laughter from the diverse group of artists.

He finished his speech, saying: "We honor Led Zeppelin for making us all feel young, and for showing us that some guys who are not completely youthful can still rock!"

Nancy and Ann Wilson of the rock band Heart, belted out a version of their idols “Stairway to Heaven” to close out the show.

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