Paul Reed Smith Contributes Guitar to Metropolitan Museum of Art Music Collection

American guitar maker Paul Reed Smith presented a custom-made electric guitar to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in The Sackler Wing’s Temple of Dendur. This was followed by a demonstration of the instrument by legendary guitarist John McLaughlin.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses an encyclopedic collection of musical instruments. We have seen the musical instrument wing on more than one occasion. It is breathtaking in scope and appearance.

Paul Reed Smith makes custom electric guitars for Carlos Santana and other notable musicians.

 

The Rewarding Influence of Richard Hell

Last month I wrote an extensive A-Z music journalist series. The tree of music journalism I planted continues to harvest fruit.

I commenced InterWeb reading this morning with Robert Christgau’s Barnes and Noble Review column Rock & Roll &. I was rewarded with a thought-provoking essay about Richard Hell’s new book, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp.

The more I dug into Richard Hell, Television, his (s)exploits and writing prowess the more intrigued I became.

I have tried to find  copy of the book at my local Barnes & Noble Stores so I can give you a closer perspective but no luck thus far.

I add this book to my ever-increasing music book reading list.

There is a tie-in event with Richard Hell, Fashion and Punk that I also want to share with you. The exhibit takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 9-August 14, 2013.

PUNK: Chaos to Couture will examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk’s visual symbols.

Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of “do-it-yourself” and the couture concept of “made-to-measure,” the seven galleries will be organized around the materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style. Themes will include New York and London, which will tell punk’s origin story as a tale of two cities, followed by Clothes for Heroes and four manifestations of the D.I.Y. aesthetic—HardwareBricolageGraffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy.

Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes will be animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques. – Description Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art 2013

A book, Punk: Chaos to Couture, by Andrew Bolton, with an introduction by Jon Savage, and prefaces by Richard Hell and John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols), will accompany the exhibition. This publication will be illustrated with photographs of vintage punks and high fashion. Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the $45 catalogue (hard cover only) will be distributed worldwide by Yale University Press.

Guitar Heroes, Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York – Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a breathtaking exhibit on display for those who love guitars. Guitar Heroes,  Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York is viewable from February 9th – July 4th, 2011. Read the NY Times review to learn more.

I think its time we get that museum membership and get down to the Museum Mile to experience this well crafted and curated exhibit.

Guitar Heroes New Yorker Model Poster

Happy Birthday Patti Smith

Patti Smith and Her Band performing at Bowery ...
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Patti,

We celebrated a great year with you in 2010. First we saw you and Sam Shepard reading from your new books at the 92nd St Y. Then you autographed your book, Just Kids for us :). We love the book.

Then in November we saw you at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with your daughter Jesse on piano,Michael Campbell on vibes/guitar, and Lenny Kaye on guitar/vocals. You were so entertaining, honest and engaging in that setting,.

We were so enthralled when you received the National Book Award for Just Kids.

Happy Birthday Patti Smith, have a great concert at the Bowery Ballroom tonight!

We look forward to seeing you at the 92nd St Y this week for more emphatic readings and your  music which is righteous to witness and share.

We are anxious to hear and learn more about your new album which is releasing sometime in 2011. We hope you will feature a song or two as a preview this week 😉

Peace and Happy New Year,

Ed & Rosemary

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