AGN News: Roland and Korg hit with big fines in UK for price-fixing
News From London that Roland and Korg have been fined a combined total of £5.5m, which equates to $6.9 million US dollars, by the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK in 2 separate cases of price fixing. The CMA hit Fender with a £4.5m fine back in January, bringing the total number of cases to 5 and and the total fines to £13.7m. Also caught in the crossfire was UK musical instrument retailer GAK who have also been fined more than £250,000. The judgement was levied after a price-fixing agreement between GAK and Yamaha was disclosed to the CMA by Yamaha in exchange for the latter’s immunity from fines for being the first to bring the conduct to the Authority’s attention. This disclosure subsequently led to the CMA sending warning letters to dozens of other instrument suppliers and retailers and publishing an open letter to the industry writ large, reminding them of their legal responsibilities regarding Retail price management. The Competition and Markets Authority are also using a dedicated online tool they developed that automatically monitors price levels amongst retailers and detects any suspicious pricing activity. For more on this story, click the INFO button now.
AGN News: July 15; Gibson offers $59,000.00 Cash For 1959 Ledger...Do you have it...??
Gibson is launching a global search for missing shipping ledgers from 1959-1960. The 1959-1960 Gibson ledgers contain the shipping records of all the Gibson guitars created during that year, and documents an important period in Gibson’s history now seen as the pinnacle of the Gibson Golden Era. The 1959-1960 shipping ledgers in question disappeared from Gibson’s archives around thirty years ago and may have never made the move with the company from Kalamazoo, MI to Nashville, TN. The 1957-1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard guitars are some of the most intrinsically valuable in history, even without a famous player attached as only 643 of the 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard were ever made. They have been played by some some of the world's greatest guitarists including Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Peter Green, Gary Moore, Mike Bloomfield, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Joe Bonamassa, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Kirk Hammett, Mike McCready, Brian Ray, Dave Amato, John Shanks and Jason Isbell, to name a few. The 1958 and 1960 Les Paul models are almost identical to the 1959 with minor spec differences, and each year is highly prized; a 1959 with a figured Tiger Maple design can start at $500,000. So, if you think you may have something of value, there's a three step process to get the ball rolling. 1.) Send validation requests to: 59Ledger@gibson.com or Ledger@gibson.com. Emails must include: a. Written description b. Photograph(s) and/or videos of the items c. Contact email and phone number 2.) The validation email request will be reviewed within 15 business days by the Gibson Historical Committee (GHC), composed of Cesar Gueikian, Mat Koehler (Head of Product Development), Mark Agnesi (Director of Brand Experience) and Jason Davidson (Director of Consumer Services). 3.) Based on the GHC’s analysis, the submitting party will be contacted with next steps click the INFO BUTTON for more.
AGN News: Outdoor gigs resume in England this weekend
This weekend outdoor gigs resumed throughout England with the strict proviso from the government that they ensure, quote, “a limited and socially distanced audience.” Along with reduced capacity, outdoor venues are being asked to employ the use of electronic ticketing in order to ‘track and trace’ cases of COVID-19 and enable anyone who may have been exposed to be contacted quickly. Now, how to open indoor gigs, the bread and butter venues for the majority of musicians. For more on this story, click the INFO button, now.
AGN News, July 10th, 2020: "Lady A Sues Lady A"
Country trio, Lady A, formally Lady Antebellum is suing Seattle blues artist, Lady A, real name Anita White, over a dispute for the rights to the name. The band’s lawsuit specifies that the trio has held a copyright for the “Lady A” name for over a decade and has used ‘Lady A’ interchangeably with ‘Lady Antebellum’ since 2006. Anita White said the band hadn’t reached out prior to the announcement and that she has been using the name for decades, has released multiple albums under the name and in fact, has a new album coming out on the 18th of this month entitled: Lady A: Live in New Orleans. The country trio officially changed its name publicly last month because of the racial undertones associated with the word “antebellum”. To see the full story in Rolling Stone and to read a copy of the full lawsuit... Click the INFO button.
AGN News: July 9th, 2020: Big names receiving Covid-19 PPP Loans
Some pretty big names in the music industry are receiving financial support during the COVID-19 crisis as part of the government’s $2 trillion CARES act. The data was released by America's Small Business Administration and Treasury Department, following mounting pressure from media outlets, who previously sued the SBA for information on who has been granted loans. To see the complete story in Rolling Stone, click the INFO button, NOW
AGN NEWS: Charlie Daniels has died at age 83
Charlie Daniels has died. He was 83 years old. Charlie Daniels was born Oct. 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina and kicked off his career playing bluegrass before moving to Nashville in 1967. He already had a reputation as a songwriter having co-written a song for Elvis titled, "It Hurts Me," in 1964. As an in-demand session player Charlie played guitar and bass on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline, and worked with Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and many others. In 1979, he won a Grammy for his biggest hit: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which featured his incredible Bluegrass fiddle skills and in 1980, the band appeared in the film Urban Cowboy. Charlie Daniels was very outspoken politically over the years, had close ties to the NRA, and as recently as 3 days ago was posting thoughts on a section of his website entitled "Soap Box." Charlies Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 For more, click the INFO button, NOW
AGN News: July 5th, 2020: LED ZEPPELIN ORIGINAL ART SELLS AT CHRISTIE'S FOR $325,000!
One of the smallest, yet most iconic original album cover artwork was just sold at Christie's for $325,000, the highest price ever received at auction for such a work! Measuring only 7”x 7”, the hand-stippled original artwork created for the cover of Led Zeppelin’s debut album in 1969 by artist George Hardie, captured the image of the famous 1937 Hindenberg disaster. Previous high prices for Rock And Roll related artwork include $1.85 million dollars for the movie poster, entitled The Scream, created by artist Gerald Scarfe for Pink Floyd's, The Wall and $900,000 for the set of seven photographs which make up the entire Abbey Road album cover photo-shoot. But according to Christie’s this is “the most expensive piece of original album cover art ever sold.” For more, click the INFO button, NOW
AGN News: July 2nd: The Dixie Chicks change their name to "The Chicks"
In the midst of America's struggles with racial injustice and inequality, comes the news that Texas trio, the Dixie Chicks have changed their name to simply, The Chicks. The name change comes in conjunction with the release of a new song, "March March," ,with its lyrics and video referencing public protests involving racial justice, police brutality, gun violence, climate change and LGBTQ rights. In the video, the names of dozens of Black victims of police brutality and those who died in apparently racially motivated confrontations, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner and Amadou Diallo. The Chicks made no public statement regarding the name change but it does come hot on the heels of another country group, Lady Antebellum, changing its name simply to Lady A. , and they did issue a statement via social media saying that the country's recent attempts to reckon with racial justice issues had made the band members' eyes open wide to inequality. For more, click the INFO button, NOW
AGN News: Luna Guitars introduce "Woodland Bamboo Dreadnought" acoustic, made of 100% renewable BAMBOO
This latest addition to the Luna Bamboo Series of exotic instruments offers a laser-etched leaf design around the sound hole and smooth ripples along the natural bamboo body. Made from 100% renewable bamboo the new Woodland Bamboo Dreadnought is a quality-built acoustic with bamboo top, sides and back, a classic square-shoulder design, and satin natural finish. The Woodland Bamboo Dreadnought adds signature touches with pearl Moon Phase inlays on the fretboard , a delicately designed rosette, chrome hardware and sealed die-cast tuners on the matching headstock. All for just $259. click the INFO button for more.
AGN News: Gibson TV's, "The Process" wins Silver trophy at the 41st Annual Telly Awards for “Best Online Webseries: Documentary.”
“THE PROCESS” offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the process of guitar-making inside the Gibson USA Factory in Nashville, TN--and features in depth interviews with the artisans who hand-craft these iconic instruments. Since GIBSON TV’s official debut on January 7, 2020, GIBSON TV has acquired 50,600 new subscribers, 5.5 million new views and over 526,500 hours of viewing. GIBSON TV original shows are streamed for free on Gibson.com, or subscribe to GIBSON TV on YouTube. just click the INFO button for the links.
AGN News: June 29:
AGN News: June 29. Russell Crowe and Ed Sheeran do shots of Jack Daniels from Johnny Cash's grammy: Orange Amplification has extended its range of footswitches with the introduction of the FS1 Mini,. It allows users to toggle the amplifier's functions at the tap of a switch so you can Switch Channels on all Orange twin channel valve amplifiers and The Orange icon stickers supplied features twelve graphics of the most popular foot-switchable channels options allowing users to personalise its use. You've got Mute, Clean Channel, Dirty/Fat Channel, Reverb, EQ Lift, Attenuator, Depth, Speed, Volume, Compression, Blend, Gain) and an additional three blank stickers.. legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section guitarist Jesse Willard “Pete” Carr, who played on hits including “Kodachrome,” “Tonight’s The Night” and “Down on Mainstreet,” died yesterday at the age of 70. As the lead guitarist for the Muscle Shoals session band Carr worked with Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr., among others. For more on any of these stories click the INFO button now.
AGN News: Rolling Stones consider legal action against the Trump Campaign
The Rolling Stones are considering legal action against President Donald Trump's campaign for using their music at his campaign rallies. Trump uses "You Can't Always Get What You Want" as his walk-off song during campaign rallies, including as recently as last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, despite multiple cease and desist directives. Tom Petty's family issued a cease and desist letter to the Trump campaign after they used "I Won't Back Down" at the Tulsa rally. Click the INFO button for more,
AGN News: Dont miss these two great 'live' stream shows coming up from The Immediate Family & The Tribe
There's a couple of great shows coming up this Friday and the following Friday. Firstly this Friday, June 26 at 6:30 PM PDT, the Immediate Family are doing a free live stream concert from The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA. To be live streamed live on Facebook. the immediate family it's the modern iteration of the iconic legendary 'Laurel Canyon' based studio ensemble, THE SECTION, and it's featuring four of the most recorded respected and sought after musicians in modern music, including Danny Kortchmar, (guitar/vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar/vocals), Leland Sklar - (bass), Russ Kunkel on drums, and the addition of prominent touring, session guitarist, songwriter & producer Steve Postell (guitar & vocals). Their collective catalog of work is so vast it would take you months to listen to it all but just to name a few, they can be heard on albums by Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Keith Richards, Warren Zevon, Graham Nash, Neil Young, David Crosby & more...It's fair to say, these guys collectively defined the sound of a generation. Then On Friday July 3rd, at 7:00PM PDT The Tribe brings you Elton John's classic double album, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" in its entirety - live from the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and featuring a rotation of The Tribe's stellar cast of singers. The live stream will be aired on Alert the Globe (www.alerttheglobe.com) as well as on Facebook Live...and, if you miss it, It will also be archived. The show is free, but they're requesting donations for the Get Together Foundation to help the homeless. To donate: www.gettogetherfoundation.com or Text the word *together* to *24365* Click the info button for the links
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Fab's special guest in this episode is The Wrecking Crew director, Denny Tedesco. This interview is free for all registered users. If you are not yet registered, register now, it's completely free and unlocks more exclusive content. Music lovers will be astonished at the influence The Wrecking Crew wielded over rock and pop music in the 1960s and early 1970s. These unsung instrumentalists were the de-facto backing band on hit records by The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Elvis, The Monkees and many more. These dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “West Coast Sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. Starring: Brian Wilson, Cher, Dick Clark, Glen Campbell, Lou Adler, Nancy Sinatra. directed by: Denny Tedesco. documentary: PG. 2015.
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Rent or buy The Wrecking Crew right here on All Guitar Network now.......and to check out Fab's exclusive interview with the director, Denny Tedesco, head over to Fab's Music Café in On Demand, it's free for all registered users. If you are not yet registered, register now, it's completely free and unlocks more exclusive free content. Music lovers will be astonished at the influence The Wrecking Crew wielded over rock and pop music in the 1960s and early 1970s. These unsung instrumentalists were the de-facto backing band on hit records by The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Elvis, The Monkees and many more. These dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “West Coast Sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. Starring: Brian Wilson, Cher, Dick Clark, Glen Campbell, Lou Adler, Nancy Sinatra. directed by: Denny Tedesco. documentary: PG. 2015.
The Wrecking Crew
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The Wrecking Crew
Music lovers will be astonished at the influence The Wrecking Crew wielded over rock and pop music in the 1960s and early 1970s. These unsung instrumentalists were the de-facto backing band on hit records by The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Elvis, The Monkees and many more. These dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “West Coast Sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. Starring: Brian Wilson, Cher, Dick Clark, Glen Campbell, Lou Adler, Nancy Sinatra. directed by: Denny Tedesco. documentary: PG. 2015.
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Norm's Youtube Video Of The Week: " Stay Alive" Thee King's Aggravation
This is Norm's Youtube recommendation of the week..."If ya like ZZ Top you're gonna love this...!" "Stay Alive"Arranged and Performed by Thee King's Aggravation. Featuring: Vocals: Richard Thee King, Guitars: Jason Gutierrez & Dylan Thomas, Bass: Eric Gotthelf, Drums: Jon Biggs, \Audio & Video Produced by: Jason Gutierrez & Thee King's Aggravation At Enfield Studios, Reseda, CA USA June - July 2020 This is an adaptation of "Stay Alive" by the Slammers with Covid 19 Pandemic Crisis lyrical reworking by Richard Thee King. Special thanks to: Chris Youlden & The Slammers, Thee Queen Ginger, Sal Guitarez, Christian Gutierrez, Terri James & All Our Friends and Families! "Bless up to all human, mankind!"- Richard Thee King ⓒ2020 Thee King's Aggravation
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Josh Smith 'Live' From Flat V is a new series featuring the one and only Josh Smith, one of the greatest all round guitar players on the planet. As well as studio tips and tricks Josh will be getting up close and personal with some of his favorite guitars and showing why they're the mainstays of his formidable arsenal. In episode 2, Josh introduces us to his Rutters, 1957 Stratocaster.
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Norman Harris from Norman's Rare Guitars took a moment to share his latest additions to his collection. In this video Norman shows us this beautiful rare 1967 Fender Telecaster - the guitar is not for sale yet, be sure to call Norman's Rare Guitars at (818) 344-8300 to see if it is available for purchase!
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Fender first introduced the Stratocaster in 1954, but they didn't really hit their stride until 1955 when they locked in the perfect formula for optimum sonic horsepower and good looks. The Wildwood 10 1955 Stratocasters pay homage to these legendary original Strats by replicating crucial details like the one-ply pickguard, dot inlays, resonant ash bodies, and maple necks. Many have also been lovingly relic'd by the masterful Custom Shop team, so they have oodles of vintage vibe. Nevertheless, they feel every bit as good as any modern guitar thanks to their Wildwood-exclusive 10" radius and 6105 frets. We invite you to experience the new-age comfort and fifties mojo of the Wildwood 10 1955 Stratocaster. Once you do, we're sure you'll fall head over heels in love.
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Alamo Music Center | Taylor Academy Series | The Best Beginner Acoustic Guitar?
In the midst of our current situation, we're very happy that people are still picking up their guitars-- we like to encourage everyone to take this time to use music as a therapeutic force in their lives. If you're looking to just get started playing guitar, or help someone else start playing, here is a video discussing why we think that the Taylor Academy Series is the best beginner acoustic guitar. With higher-end features like a beveled arm rest, scalloped bracing, a solid-wood top (either Sitka or Lutz Spruce), and Taylor Electronics (on acoustic-electric models), these guitars bring Taylor's unparalleled quality to the entry level, and make the playing experience comfortable and exciting to pursue. Take a listen and hear why Chris McKee recommends these guitars to everyone who wants to start playing!
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