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Patty Griffin On Her New Album and Her Gibson J-50

Ellen Mallernee
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06.11.2007

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Last summer, singer-songwriter Patty Griffin recorded her fifth studio album, Children Running Through, in an old house across the street from her home in Austin, Texas. She soundproofed the walls with bohemian tapestries, squeezed a grand piano through a stubborn door frame, surrounded herself with vintage microphones, and propped a ’65 Gibson J-50 across her lap. Most importantly, Griffin didn’t worry what others would think of the finished product—a preoccupation that she says hindered her earlier efforts.
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Metal Guru: Marc Bolan

Russell Hall
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06.11.2007

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The image of Marc Bolan—elfin-like, cheeks dotted with glitter, Les Paul Sunburst slung low—is one of the most iconic of the glam-rock era. Unlike his friend and fellow glitter star David Bowie, who relied heavily on sideman Mick Ronson, Bolan wielded the six-string all himself, forging a style based on crunchy power chords, boogie riffs, and leads that sounded like blues crafted in outer space. At his best—on songs such as “Get It On (Bang a Gong),” “20th Century Boy,” and “Jeepster”—Bolan used his Les Paul to put muscle into material redolent of ’60s bubblegum pop. And much as Chuck Berry had done before him, he saw endless permutations in what seemed, on the surface, like the simplest of approaches to guitar.
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The Gibson Les Paul Goddess rocks with Agent Provocateur

06.08.2007

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Friday 8th June 2007 London - Gibson Guitar, the world’s premiere musical instrument maker and leader in music technology, announced its partnership with the luxurious lingerie boutique Agent Provocateur. This exciting partnership is to celebrate the new Gibson Les Paul Goddess an electric guitar designed specifically for women.
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Brit Bus Tour Rocks and Rolls Double-Decker Across America

06.08.2007

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BBC America’s BritBus Tour has officially invaded the US. Since April, the bus has hit 15 major cities for a series of two- to four-day events featuring the latest and greatest in British music.
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Gibson Leads Industry Fight Against Counterfeit Gibsons

Ellen Mallernee
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06.06.2007

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Last year, 15-year-old Jonathan Jakubowski of Cary, North Carolina emptied out his savings account to purchase a Les Paul he found advertised in the local newspaper.
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Former Squirrel Nut Zippers Frontman Jimbo Mathus Goes Cosmic Country in the Home of the Blues

Ellen Mallernee
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06.04.2007

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Jimbo Mathus grew up in small town Mississippi in the 1980s, but it might as well have been the 1970s, ’60s, or even ’50s, for that matter. Surrounded by “rednecks, radical Pentecostalism, and moonshine bootleggers,” Mathus killed time watching The Lone Ranger and listening to his father and his friends belt out beer-fueled country and gospel songs on the front porch.
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Where’s Don?!: Don Crawford Does New York

Ellen Mallernee
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06.01.2007

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In life, love, and rock ’n’ roll, it’s not just who you know. It’s who knows you. And for many of the biggest, baddest, and brightest, there are two little words that act like a speakeasy’s secret password, assuring entry into the hazy, crazy, velvety world of superstardom. Those two words are “Don Crawford.”
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Where’s Don?!: Don Crawford Does Atlanta Jazz Festival

Ellen Mallernee
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06.01.2007

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In life, love, and rock ’n’ roll, it’s not just who you know. It’s who knows you. And for many of the biggest, baddest, and brightest, there are two little words that act like a speakeasy’s secret password, assuring entry into the dark velvety world of superstardom. Those two words are “Don Crawford.”doesn’t mean he’s not a tough cookie to crack. Since leaving the late-’90s hitmaker Shapeshifter in 2002, Zwig’s released four rootsy, bluesy solo albums—the excellent Cast Iron Letters the most recent among them.
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Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek On Gibson Acoustics and Growing Up

Ellen Mallernee
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05.25.2007

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Coming from the same guy who sings that he’s “left with nothing more than my own soul” and “sleeps in rooms where people leave,” it’s surprising how easy it is to make Mark Kozelek laugh. As the supremely melancholy frontman of San Francisco bands Sun Kil Moon and the Red House Painters, Kozelek’s produced some of the most devastating and lovely songs to come out of the ’90s, but today, with his feet propped on a coffee table at his San Francisco home, he’s the picture of contentment.
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Gibson Remembers Mick Ronson

Russell Hall
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05.24.2007

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Ziggy played guitar in David Bowie’s amphetamine-fueled glam rock outerspace masterpiece, but in real life it was Mick Ronson—the classically trained, understated guitar hero behind some of the most glittering and groundbreaking rock ’n’ roll innovators of the ’70s and ’80s. Fourteen years since his passing, Ronson lives in the hearts of millions of fans and the fond memories and seminal recordings of his famous friends. On Saturday, May 26, Mick Ronson would have been 61 years old.
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