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In celebration of the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions are open now through Feb. 23. Presented in partnership with Kompolt, the auctions provide bidders an opportunity to bid on approximately 100 exclusive items, including once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences, memorabilia from world-renowned celebrities, and official GRAMMY merchandise autographed by artists during GRAMMY Week.
Featured items will be available for bid in two cycles, including a 2012 Vans Warped Tour three-day/three-city VIP experience, including the chance to ride on the official tour bus; private guitar lessons with Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Manraze, and Diamond Rio's Jimmy Olander; and official GRAMMY merchandise autographed backstage at the 54th GRAMMY Awards rehearsals and telecast by celebrity participants. This year's performers include Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, and Taylor Swift, among others.
Additional auction items include VIP concert and meet-and-greet experiences with Kathy Griffin and Portugal. The Man; VIP lounge tickets to the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals; guitars autographed by Jeff Beck, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Slash, among others; and music memorabilia autographed by Adele, Jason Aldean, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, Usher, and Eddie Vedder, among others.
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Drake, Rush, Neil Young, Chuck D Remember Gord Downie
There are few Canadian rock icons as beloved as Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, who died on Oct. 17 at age 53 following a battle with brain cancer. Following his death, there has been an outpouring of support from the music community around the world and across genres, with artists such as Drake, Neil Young, Chuck D, Rush, Sarah McLachlan, and Kiss' Paul Stanley paying respects to their late colleague.
it's a sad sad day for Canada and Canadian music... rest in peace Gord.. and thank you... pic.twitter.com/canJevOCDw
— Rush (@rushtheband) October 18, 2017
Rest in Music Gord Downie @thehipdotcom The Tragically Hip salutes
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) October 18, 2017
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 19, 2017
I’m so sorry Gord Downie has passed. He was a passionate activist, a wonderful artist &an extraordinary human being. He’ll be sorely missed.
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) October 18, 2017
It was a privilege to witness Gord Downie’s creative genius, he was such a force in the Canadian music industry. XoS pic.twitter.com/2Mn3cLZSNy
— Sarah McLachlan (@SarahMcLachlan) October 18, 2017
Smithsonian Plans Definitive Hip-Hop Anthology Box Set
The Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History & Culture launched a new 30-day Kickstarter campaign around creating a definitive anthology of some or the most socially influential music of the last 40 years.
The Smithsonian Anthology Of Hip-Hop And Rap box set will include a 300-page booklet, complete with extensive liner notes, essays, and photos that "will illustrate different social and political trends within the genre, such as police brutality, feminism, and Afrocentrism." The touchstone of the collection will be a 9-CD set comprised of more than 120 tracks that exemplify the musical progression, sonic experimentation, and lyrical evolution of rap and hip-hop over the past 4 decades.
"[The Anthology] will also serve as an extension of the objects and stories of hip-hop already displayed in the galleries of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, offering perspective on the African American experience and its impact on American culture," according to the Smithsonian's Kickstarter project description.
Curatorial support for the endeavor comes by way of an advisory board comprised of artists — including Chuck D, MC Lyte, Questlove and 9th Wonder — industry veterans, authors, journalists, music critics, and university scholars. In addition, the advisory committee reached out to more than 50 artists, DJs, photographer, filmmakers, and members of the hip-hop community for input on the track list and final package for the anthology.
The Kickstarter campaign will run through Nov. 16. Pending a successful campaign, the Smithsonian Anthology … is expected to release in December 2018.
Tom Petty Laid To Rest At Private Service In California
Late rock and roll hero Tom Petty was honored by friends and family at a private service on Oct. 16 at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Petty's tragic death on Oct. 2 after going into cardiac arrest came just after the conclusion of his 40th Anniversary tour with his legendary band the Heartbreakers. A Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Petty has charted albums in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 in each of his five decades as a recording artist. His most recent recording with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 2014's Hypnotic Eye, entered at No. 1, his first career chart-topping album.
While the speakers and attendees of the service are unknown, AnnaKim Violette Petty, Petty's daughter, posted a photo from the private service with a caption citing a lyric from the song "The Dark Of The Sun" from his 1991 album, Into The Great Wide Open.