Sunday, August 05, 2007

We Get Press Releases...

...and this one makes me really wish I was in Madison tonight.

Patti Smith's August 5th Gig will Benefit the Center for Media and Democracy

Beat poet, writer, punk rock legend and Rock And Roll Hall of Fame member Patti Smith and her band will crank it up this Sunday, August 5, 7:30pm, in Madison, at the Barrymore Theater. Their appearance will benefit the work of the Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) .

Hundreds of Smith fans packing the theater will have an opportunity to bid on items in a silent auction, with auction proceeds fully supporting the work of CMD.

"Smith and the Center are a great fit," said Madison promoter Tag Evers of True Endeavors who arranged the pairing. “Patti is an artist with a powerful commitment to the truth, peace and human rights activism. CMD’s main mission is exposing corporate and government propaganda as in their books Weapons of Mass Deception, Trust Us We're Experts and Toxic Sludge Is Good for You.

The guitar Patti Smith will sign that will be auctioned to benefit CMD.Smith is donating a number of signed items to the auction but the premier auction offering is a 1958 Gibson LG-1, #T6122 5 acoustic guitar with a written appraisal of $700. It will be signed by her at the event. A fifty-year old Gibson guitar is a fitting auction item since Smith's very first guitar was an L-00 Gibson acoustic made in the 1930s. Of her own Gibson she has said, "I bought it in 1971 and I still have it. It's the guitar I write most of my songs on. It's my most precious guitar."

Bidding on the Patti Smith autographed Gibson guitar will begin at $750, with a reserve price of $1,000. If bidding does not reach $1,000 at the concert it will be opened up to a larger audience over the Internet.

Think Althouse is there? If so -- will she get drunk and video herself rocking out?

[h/t Ripley]

1 comment:

TMink said...

While I am not sure who will be there, drunk, high, or sober, $1000 is a good price for that guitar without Patti's signature.
Assuming the guitar is in pretty good shape.