Joe Perry & More Celebrate VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s 20th Anniversary With Custom Gibson Guitars

The project pairs musicians with visual artists to create one-of-a-kind Les Pauls that will be auctioned later this year.

Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Mark Ronson and more are helping celebrate the VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s 20th anniversary with custom Gibson guitars to raise awareness and funds for music education.

The project in partnership with the Gibson Foundation recruited 20 musicians and 20 visual artists to create axes that are as much art pieces as musical instruments. Each Les Paul will be auctioned through Julien’s Auctions in October with all proceeds benefiting VH1 Save The Music Foundation in its mission to expand public access to music education for children.

Other musicians involved include Shawn Mendes, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Wyclef Jean, Gary Clark, Jr., Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Patti Smith and Nile Rodgers, among others. The project’s artists include D*Face, Dabs Myla, ThankYouX, LolaBlu, Fleetwood Covington and more. See a full list of participants below.

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“It’s incredibly important to keep music in the schools as well as all the arts,” said Perry in a statement. “Kids need to be exposed to music as early as possible. As in all the arts it creates an outlet for their creativity. Having Music in school helped me find my calling.”  Continue reading Joe Perry & More Celebrate VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s 20th Anniversary With Custom Gibson Guitars

The World According to Joe Perry

Joe PerryAt any given Aerosmith show, Joe Perry can usually be spotted with a Les Paul dangling around his neck. The legendary guitarist is such a Les Paul fan that on top of playing a range of varieties of the guitar over the decades, he also has a signature model, the Joe Perry 1959 Les Paul.

Perry recently made headlines for something other than his music: a new book. ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith tells his life story and the ups and downs of rocking with one of the biggest bands in the world. In the following quotes, Perry talks about his new book and the first moment he heard a guitar sing. Continue reading The World According to Joe Perry

Joe Perry on His New Memoir, His Famous Les Paul, and the Elements of a Great Riff

Joe PerryHard to believe, but nearly a half-century has passed since Joe Perry partnered with Steven Tyler to form the songwriting core of Aerosmith. Forty-four years later, the group has lost none of its edge, as evidenced by its recently wrapped “Let Rock Rule” tour. In a revealing new memoir, ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, Perry chronicles his life story to this point, giving fans an inside look at the ups and downs of carrying the torch for what many consider “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” In an exclusive interview, Perry spoke with us about why he wrote the book, his biggest guitar influence, and the elements of a great riff. Continue reading Joe Perry on His New Memoir, His Famous Les Paul, and the Elements of a Great Riff