Jimi Hendrix – Commemorative Forever Stamp

“With the Power of Soul, Anything is Possible”

The stamp was created by artist Rudy Gutierrez, who leaked the design Tuesday. Gutierrez crafted an image that resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. Hendrix is shown wearing one of his iconic military jackets with his signature white Fender Stratocaster guitar.

Rudy Guiterrez designed one of my favorite album covers of all-time, Santana’s Shaman.

The stamp will be officially unveiled tomorrow at a star-studded concert featuring Slash, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, among other celebrities, at SXSW Music Fest in Austin, Texas.

The next time I go to the Post Office this will be the Forever Stamp I will be buying.

The Jimi Hendrix Forever stamp, which sells for 49 cents, goes on sale Thursday at post offices, on the U.S. Postal Service website and eBay.The artist who was commissioned to design the Jimi Hendrix Stamp is R

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Wayne Kramer Honored by Future of Music Coalition

The Future of Music Coalition is holding its inaugural Future of Music Coalition Honors, to be held Monday, October 28, 2013 at The Hamilton Live in Washington, DC.

Wayne Kramer will receive a well deserved award in recognition of his role as an activist for social change.

Voice of Social Change 
Wayne Kramer, MC5, Co-Founder, Jail Guitar Doors USA

A true music legend, Wayne Kramer is much more than a widely respected sonic innovator, composer and performer. He is also a devoted activist who has channeled his personal journey into a commitment to social change spanning decades. Guided by a deep belief in the power of personal transformation through music, Wayne’s work with the incarcerated through the nonprofit Jail Guitar Doors serves as an inspiration for artists everywhere to use their platforms to make a real difference. Future of Music Honors is thrilled to recognize Wayne’s founding role and ongoing leadership in Jail Guitar Doors USA, as well as his lifelong commitment to creative expression.

Legendary guitarist and songwriter Wayne Kramer and his all-star friends will bring a raucous energy to the occasion with musical performances.


Jail Guitar Doors Benefit Concert featuring Wayne Kramer & Friends

with Brer Rabbit (Flobots), Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Deathfix), Erin McKeown, Ariana Delawari, Jill Sobule, Mark Cisneros (Deathfix), and Wayne Kramer

Two Important Music Conference Events Monday October 28th

There are two important music industry conferences taking place Monday October 28th. These events are instrumental to effect change for the digital music industry. Each event is powerful in scope with a noteworthy cross-section of industry/celebrity presenters and significant topics that are just in time when it comes to the Internet music debate forum.

I wish I could take the day off from teaching and fully plug-in to both cyberspace events. More importantly I wish I could be in person at one of these conclaves but cost restriction and employment are the realities of my life.

I absolutely plan to plug-in via the Web as best I can and follow the proceedings via social media too. I will share how you can do that below if you are inclined to witness and take part. Remember this is your digital music too and your voice is important in the mix. Now is not the time to be a digital music sheeple in play only mode and just let those with industry clout shape our music.

1) The Future of Music Summit 2013, October 28-29

The first event is The Future of Music Summit 2013 taking place in Washington, DC at Georgetown University.

Webcast Information – Be certain to register so you can be reminded of when the Webcast starts etc. 😉

Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to make sure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

Summit 2013 will cover an incredible amount of ground, including:

  • Presentations and keynotes by government officials, musicians and advocates
  • How proposed changes to copyright law may impact musicians
  • The ins-and-outs of digital business models and revenue generation
  • Data and the artist experience
  • Why public policy matters to local cultural communities around the globe
  • How musicians are advancing positive social change

Granted this event is more about copyright and is far more sociopolitical. But if you thread through the speakers schedule you will find several influential luminaries in the panel discussions and some very meaty topics.

So if you are a digital music wonk like me these two days loom large in understanding what is being discussed, debated and decided about the music ecosystem.

I applaud Tim Quirk from Google Play for participating in this event. I did not see any other major music moguls from Sony Music, Universal Music, Spotify, Apple, Spotify, BeatsAudio etc. taking the time to speak at this very important conclave. Shame on them. My respect increases for Google’s role and commitment.

I am keenly interested in Tim Quirk’s presentation.

Pushing People Up The Pyramid

This presentation highlights the different strategies musicians need to engage different tiers of fans – from the unaware and barely interested to the most die-hard fanatics – and provides insight on how Tim has arranged the editorial and merchandising piece of various services he’s worked for to best reflect that reality.

Tim Quirk Head of Global Content Programming, Google Play

2) Virgin Music – Virgin Disruptors, Has Tech Killed The Music Industry

The second event is sponsored by Virgin Music, Spotify, Vevo and Songkick. Virgin Music is making this part of their 40 year celebration of Virgin Records. The event is Virgin Disruptors, Has Tech Killed The Music Industry.

This event is much more splashy, social media and multimedia branded than The Future of Music . But the intent and purpose is well-intentioned.

The question “has tech killed the music industry” along with many others that surround the relationship between music and technology, will be debated live from the Virgin Records anniversary exhibition in Central London on Monday October 28th at 3:30 pm. EST. The event will feature artists who have been vocal about tech vs music: will.i.amAmanda PalmerScooter BraunImogen Heap and Zoë Keating, alongside leading music platforms SpotifyVevo and Songkick.

Zoe Keating is totally cool intellectual. I plan to write a separate blog post about her soon (I’ve started writing it…)

My browser and Internet viewing will be busied on Monday. I hope I can set aside the time to soak in these two events. No question I will need archive access to best absorb all of this stuff.

Can you say drinking from the end of the fire hose? I knew that you could 😉

Bring it on!


108 Rock Star Guitars by Lisa Johnson

I love coffee table books. Lisa Johnson has put together a definitive music coffee table publication, 108 Rock Star Guitars.  It’s a 396-page art book, bound in embossed red leatherette, and features 300 images of iconic guitars. It’s a 17 year labor of love. The book is slated for release on October 8th, 2013. The date of the book release has 108 in it, 10/8 😉

I admire what she has accomplished with this stunning photographic and annotated portfolio of the rock star guitar. Competent design is a reflection of technique. Lisa Johnson uses a macro lens and showcases a variety of the last film stock ever manufactured for Kodak Professional and the transition to digital.

The foreword was written by the late Les Paul in 2009. It adds an intimate rainbow hue over this gala guitar collection. Lisa Johnson is dedicating a portion of the book proceeds to help The Les Paul Foundation. (See below)

In honor of the 4th of July 2013 here is Wayne Kramer of MC5 fame’s 2010 Signature Fender Strat.

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 Les Paul Foundation is an approved IRC 501(c) 3 organization.

The Les Paul 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.
  • Supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements.