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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!



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Lou Reed passes away at the age of 71

by on Oct.27, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Rollingstone.com is reporting that Rock legend Lou Reed has died today at the age of 71.

The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May. According to Reed's literary agent, Andrew Wylie, he died on Long Island. Wylie was quoted in the New York Times, stating about Reed: “He was as great an artist as it’s possible to be, in my opinion."

“He died peacefully, with his loved ones around him,” Dr. Charles Miller, Mr. Reed’s liver transplant doctor, said. Reed was in Ohio earlier this week for treatment at Cleveland Clinic, the hospital where he had liver transplant surgery, Dr. Miller said. But he decided to return to New York after the doctors could no longer treat his end-stage liver disease.

“We did everything we could,” said Dr. Miller, the director of the hospital’s Transplantation Center. “He really wanted to be at home.”

Lou Reed and his band the Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in rock by fusing art and music in 1960s' New York through its collaboration with artist Andy Warhol. The Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era.

Reed began a solo career in 1972 and had his biggest solo hit the following year with 'Walk On The Wild Side.' His most recent album was the 2011 collaboration with Metallica, ‘Lulu.’

He is survived by his wife, Laurie Anderson, a songwriter and a performance artist.

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Record Store Day is coming! Check out 2012 releases, Ambassador Iggy Pop shares vinyl memories (video)

by on Apr.14, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS

Record Store Day is coming! Check out 2012 releases, Ambassador Iggy Pop shares vinyl memories (video)

Record Store Day 2012 is upon us next weekend (April 21) and a more than worthy Iggy Pop is the 2012 Ambassador. Record Store Day started five years ago when 700+ American indie stores came together to celebrate record store culture. It always takes place on the third Saturday in April. The U.K. followed suit, with 2012 marking its fourth celebration as an independent sector. Similar to the U.S., the U.K. indie stores partner with bands to celebrate art of music with special exclusive releases that are desirable to own and fun to collect. Iggy will be making his own Record Day Store stop at Sweat Records for Sweatstock in Miami, Florida. If you're in the area, get over there!

Check out this fantastic video of Ambassador Iggy sharing his vinyl memories. He talks about his first purchase, working in a record store, and so much more: www.recordstoreday.com

There is an abundance of rock being released again this year, with this list of artists worth noting: 311, Amberlin, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin/Otis Redding, Brad, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Disturbed, Eddie Vedder, Flogging Molly, Garbage, Genesis, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Eve 6, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Fallon (Tebowie), Joey Ramone, Little Richard, Mastodon/Feist, Metallica, Misfits, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Phish, Rainbow, Rival Sons, Small Faces, Switchfoot, T. Rex, The Black Keys, The Byrds, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Clash, The Cult, The Grateful Dead, The Knack, The White Stripes, Social Distortion, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, and many more.

Please support your local Record Store! It is more important than you know. With the talk of Best Buy closing stores, and the past bankruptsy of Circuit City, our local Record Stores are one of the last places to be exposed to and buy new music in that type of enviroment. Fuck Wal-Mart (and Best Buy and Circuit City for that matter), we need to keep the experience alive of going to a business where they care about all music and care about exposing new artists of merit. The shared experience and coolness of a howntown record store CANNOT go away!!  Get all the info and the stores near you here: www.recordstoreday.com

Let's highlight a few of the releases. Metallica's four-song EP called "Beyond Magnetic", which was made available digitally in December, and as a physical CD in January, will be released on silver vinyl to celebrate Record Store Day on April 21. The effort consists of the quartet of previously unheard tracks that the band unveiled in concert in December during its 30th-anniversary celebration. All four tunes, 'Hate Train', 'Just A Bullet Away', 'Hell And Back' and 'Rebel Of Babylon' were recorded during the sessions for the band's 2008 'Death Magnetic' album but left off the final track list. The studio versions of all four songs- all rough mixes were sent to Metalica fan club members one at a time, after each song was performed live during each of the band's four shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Metallica talks Record Store Day: "We've always been big supporters of our friends at independent retail and the annual event the third Saturday of each April... we even helped kick off the first year in 2008 with an in-store appearance at one of our hometown stores! To add to the fun, this is no ordinary black vinyl release, but instead will be on silver vinyl with an exclusive Metallica sticker included in the package. Look for the EP on the special Saturday release date at your favorite local record store and on Metallica.com."

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release an Ozzy Osbourne seven-inch and 12-inch vinyl release. The Ozzy releases for Record Store Day 2012 are:
-'Live' 12-inch 180-gram audiophile vinyl LPs (two-disc set): A limited, numbered collector's edition recorded live on the 1981 'Blizzard Of Ozz' tour with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads
-'Believer' live seven-inch single: A limited, numbered collector's edition on polka-dot vinyl featuring 'Believer' (live) + 'Goodbye to Romance' (2010 guitar and vocal mix)

The Cult are releasing a picture disc with tracks from the phenomenal forthcoming 'For The Animals' album.

A vinyl re-issue of David Bowie’s 1972 single 'Starman' will get the special treatment on Record Store Day when it’s re-released as a limited-edition picture disc. The A-side will be the original single version, whereas the B-side will be the version of 'Starman' from the legendary (mono) 'Top Of The Pops' TV performance.

Bruce Springsteen's 'Rocky Ground' will be available as a 45 on Columbia, with the tracks: 'Rocky Ground' and 'The Promise.' 'Rocky Ground' is from Bruce's latest album 'Wrecking Ball' and 'The Promise' is Live from The Carousel, Asbury Park (audio taken from the DVD 'The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town')

Disturbed will be release a definitive vinyl box-set edition, 'The Collection.' The 5 LP-set includes the original track listing from the band's entire full-length catalog: 'The Sickness,' 'Believe,' 'Ten Thousand Fists,' 'Indestructible' and 'Asylum' and is pressed on 140-gram vinyl.

Our Record Day Ambassador Iggy Pop and the Stooges will release a 12" Picture Disc 'Live at All Tomorrows Parties'
Tracks:
"1970"
"Night Theme/Beyond the Law"
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
"Open Up And Bleed”
"Funhouse/No Fun"
"Iggy Interview"

Tracks from Iggy and the Stooges' All Tomorrow's Parties performance were hand selected by the band, along with a rare Iggy Pop interview by Greg Prato. It also comes with a download card offering the complete RAW POWER performance.

Iggy Pop 'Raw Power' 2LP set w/ both the 1973 David Bowie mix and the 1997 Iggy Pop mix, along with a 16 page book.

Janis Joplin's 'Highlights From the Pearl Sessions' will be released by Columbia on 10" vinyl, It's an exclusive RSD vinyl companion to the 2 CD reissue of Pearl (being released as The Pearl Sessions). Highlights from The Pearl Sessions presents an alternate view and an inside look at the Pearl recording sessions, with several previously unreleasd and almost-never-heard alternate takes and early versions of classic songs.

Jimmy Falon's 'Tebowie' will be available for the first time ever. It comes from a parody on his show of a David Bowie impression with lyrics about (now New York Jets quarterback) Tim Tebow. Tracks 'Tebowie' and 'Reading Rainbow.'

 

Joey Ramone will release a 45 with the tracks 'Rock 'n' Roll Is the Answer' and 'There's Got To Be More To Life'

Mastodon/Feist aka Feistodon 'Common/Black Tongue'
Double A-Side. Mastodon covers Feist's 'Commotion,' Feist covers Mastodon's 'Black Tongue'

Mastodon/Flaming Lips 'A Spoonful Weighs A Ton'
7" baby pink vinyl
Tracks:
The Flaming Lips' "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton" and a cover of the same song by Mastodon (the Mastodon track is brand new)

Misfits 'Walk Among Us' 45 will be available in red, blue and clear vinyl.

Paul McCartney 'Another Woman/Oh Woman Oh Why' on 45. A classic Paul McCartney vinyl single reissue manufactured exclusively for Record Store Day! "Another Day" was originally recorded in 1970, during the sessions for the album Ram. It was the first single of his solo career. It was originally released February 19, 1971 with 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' as the B-side. Upon its release 'Another Day'/'Oh Woman, Oh Why' reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide. It was a number one hit in France and Australia, in the U.K. it reached number two, in the U.S. it reached number five. This exclusive reissue single is taken from the forthcoming Paul McCartney Archive Collection edition of Ram

Rainbow's full album 'Long Live Rock N Roll' will be released on 12" Picture Disc

Small Faces are releasing two 45's. One of 'Tin Soldier/I Feel So Much Better Now,' and the other 'Itchycoo Park/I'm Only Dreaming'

T. Rex 'Electric Warrior' 7" Box Set featuring 6 Singles comprising complete album PLUS non-album B-Side

The Black Keys 'El Camino' on 45 w/ unreleased live tracks on 7": 'Sister' and 'Moneymaker'

The Byrds 'I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better/It's No Use' on 45

Switchfoot's 'Vices-Reverses' will be released as a CD EP
Tracks:
'The Original (JT Daly of Paper Route Remix)'
'Selling The News (Photek Remix)'
'Blinding Light (Adam Young of Owl City Remix)'
'Dark Horses (JT Daly of Paper Route Remix)'
'Vice Verses (Darren King Remix)'
'War Inside (DnJ Remix)'

The Clash 'London Calling 2012'
Tracks:
'London Calling 2012 Remix'
'London Calling Instrumental 2012'

The White Stripes 'Hand Springs' and Red Death at 6:14' on 7" 45 black and red swirled vinyl. Continuing in the mission of reissuing the nuggets of the White Stripes’ back catalog, Third Man plays Dr. Frankenstein/matchmaker to two stand-alone songs from the high time of the year 2000. “Hand Springs” was originally released as a split-single with the Dirtbombs and included free in issue #19 of Multiball magazine. “Red Death at 6:14” was initially released on the Jack White-produced compilation “Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit” and was later made available as a one-sided single from the folks at MOJO magazine. Both songs are quintessential White Stripes jams and finally pairing them together here makes (arguably) one of the best Stripes singles ever

Social Distortion 'Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes' Limited Edition (750) Colored - Lime Green Vinyl. Includes: CD of album and 18" X 24" Poster. Randomly selected pieces will have an autographed poster inside.

Check out this preview of a few of the upcoming releases and extras, and support your local Record Store!


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‘Loutallica’ performance footage from Germany (video)

by on Nov.12, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘Loutallica’ performance footage from Germany (video)

Metallica and Lou Reed performed live last night (Friday, November 11) for a special radio broadcast in Germany on 1LIVE. Four hundred lucky fans were in the audience to check out the songs from the recent release "Lulu". The broadcast aired on a number of Germany's public broadcast network stations, and all participating stations also hosted the live stream on their web sites.

Metallica and Reed performed the songs "The View", "Dragon", "Iced Honey", "Mistress Dread" and "Junior Dad" off "Lulu", plus a cover version of The Velvet Underground classic "White Light/White Heat." Fan were also able to ask 'Loutallica' questions follwing the performance.

"Lulu" sold 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 36 on The Billboard 200 chart. Compare that with Metallica''s last studio effort, 2008's "Death Magnetic", which sold 490,000 copies in just a three-day sales window after it came out on a Friday. The reviews for the project have not been good, and personally I am not a fan, but it's worth checking out the footage to see the songs done live. Metallica and Lou Reed have downplayed the scathing reviews that the album has gotten, with Reed saying that Metallica fans are "threatening to shoot me." Drummer Lars Ulrich defended the project, saying, "It's not for everyone, but I think it's a fantastic record." I watched the footage....sorry, I think it still sucks. Quality looking footage though.


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Metallica and Lou Reed talk “Lulu” and hanging with eclectic crowd in GQ Magazine 2011 Music Issue

by on Oct.26, 2011, under INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Metallica and Lou Reed talk “Lulu” and hanging with eclectic crowd in GQ Magazine 2011 Music Issue

The GQ 2011 Music Issue is out now, and in it the magazine profiles rockers Keith Richards (covered in my last post), the Black Keys, David Johansen of New York Dolls, Mick Jones, Debbie Harry, Robert Plant, Jack White, Iggy Pop, Beck and more. The website is releasing a new profile each day, and have already posted this one on Metallica and Lou Reed:

This from Hank Shteamer:
GQ: What were each of your preconceptions of the other before you started working on this project?

Lou Reed: I've loved Metallica since I was a kid.

Lars Ulrich: The reason we formed was to fulfill Lou's vision of one day working with us. I think we go back not only many years; we go back many lives, many planets, many solar systems.

GQ: I didn't realize! I'm curious, though, because Metallica has always been very vocal about its influences: Misfits and Diamond Head and things like that. But we've never really heard you talk about the Velvet Underground.

Lars Ulrich: Lou, the Velvet Underground, his solo material, the New York scene, all of that was inspirational to me in a bigger picture, get-out-of-bed type of way. Find a way to get on board and change the world in your own little way. Diamond Head and the Misfits and some of that stuff, they were more of a direct musical influence. This is more inspirational—on the level of wanting to be alive and wanting to do things to the best of your ability.

When I was growing up in Denmark in the '60s, my father [tennis player Torben Ulrich] had a steady stream of people through the house—jazz musicians, writers, and poets filtered through the door, to a soundtrack of everything from the Doors, to Jimi Hendrix, to the Velvet Underground, to Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins.

Lou Reed: Dexter Gordon.

Lars Ulrich: Dexter Gordon, right. [Gordon was Ulrich's godfather.] It was a pretty rich cultural household and upbringing. What I got from my father in those years before I rebelled was to try to be open to all these things that were going on in the house.

Read the entire interview here.

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