The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light”.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Ten time GRAMMY®-Award and Three time Latin GRAMMY®-Award winning rock icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana and his GRAMMY®-Award winning son Salvador Santana will perform an instrumental version of the National Anthem at the San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals Game 4 of the Major League Baseball’s World Series on Saturday, October 25 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
The performance precedes the launch of Carlos Santana’s memoir “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light” on November 4 and his return on November 5 to House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to continue his multi-year residency of An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live.
Santana is currently nominated for two Latin GRAMMYs for his first-ever Latin album Corazon (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia) featuring superstar collaborative performances by Latin Music’s finest. The album is certified U.S. Latin Double Platinum and was the top selling Latin Music album in the United States for six consecutive weeks.
About SANTANA: For forty years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten GRAMMY ® Awards and three Latin GRAMMY ® Awards. He won a record-tying nine GRAMMYs for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin GRAMMYs. He has also received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009), and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award (2013). Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” And, with the 2014 release of Corazon, Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and, along with Barbara Streisand, is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album for six consecutive decades from the 1960s on. Earlier this year, Santana released his first ever Latin Music album entitled Corazon on RCA/Sony Latin Iberia, featuring superstar collaborative performances by Latin Music’s finest. The album is certified U.S. Latin Double Platinum and was the top selling Latin Music album in the United States for six consecutive weeks. Santana is currently headlining a multi-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. This fall, Carlos Santana will release his memoir “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.” It’s a profoundly inspiring tale of spiritual commitment and musical fearlessness that does not balk at finding the humor in the world of high-flying fame, nor at speaking plainly of Santana’s personal revelations, and the divine and infinite possibility he sees in each person he meets.
Salvador Santana has lived with a vast vocabulary of musical genres since he was very young. The 31-year-old keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter began playing the drums at the age of three. His true love, however, was discovered when he began taking piano lessons at six years old. At the age of 16 he co-wrote the Grammy-winning “El Farol” from the 1999 smash album Supernatural. On his solo CD, Keyboard City (released in February 2010), Salvador collaborated with an eclectic mix of artists including Bay Area MC/producer Del the Funky Homosapien and Producer Money Mark. In 2013 Salvador released Rise Up, a six song EP. Songs “Mi Tesoro,” “Into The Light,” and “Rise Up” have a power and breadth of sound. “Ain’t Enough” “It’s On” and “Gimme Your Best” round out the EP with upbeat tempos. For the keyboardist, making music is never about personal glory, but about lifting people up with humility, love, and positivity on a daily basis.
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The intimate and long-awaited memoir of guitar legend Carlos Santana
In the realm of guitar gods, Santana stands alone for what's come to be called his "universal tone" - both the fact that you can recognize a Santana song from just one note and the fact that Santana is well known to believe music and soul are interconnected.
In the category of major rock memoirs yet undone, this is at the top - a big autobiography by one of the most mysterious and influential musicians of the last 50 years.
From growing up dirt poor in Mexico and suffering abuse to becoming a lowly dishwasher in the US with a hot guitar hand, to a person whom you might almost think is perpetually in a state of nirvana or at least bliss, this is the story of a fascinating man who brings the ideal combination of storytelling gold and a major marketing machine.
This is one of the most sensory (and sensual) major rock bios you'll ever read. His voice comes through, it's deeply honest and frank, and from imagining the wisps of smoke from a long gone Miles Davis before Carlos' shows to describing the depths of his connection to sound, Santana brings a remarkable book to his huge following this fall.
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SUPERTRAMP Co-Founder ROGER HODGSON Readies Fall Tour As “Crime of the Century” Celebrates 40th Anniversary (PRNewsFoto/Roger Hodgson)
HODGSON’S SHOWS GIVE NORTH AMERICAN AUDIENCES OPPORTUNITY TO ONCE AGAIN EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC AND SPIRIT HODGSON CREATED WITH SUPERTRAMP
NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Roger Hodgson, legendary vocalist and singer-songwriter from Supertramp, is heading back to North America for a series of fall dates. Following extensive tours of Europe and Brazil, Hodgson kicks off his North America tour on November 4 in Wabash, Indiana.
Hodgson, one of the most gifted composers and lyricists of our time, co-founded the progressive rock band Supertramp in 1969. Roger was the driving force behind what fans call the “golden years” of the band that made Supertramp a worldwide phenomenon with album sales in excess of 60 million. He wrote, sang, and arranged the enduring rock standards such as “Breakfast in America,” “Give a Little Bit,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “The Logical Song,” “Dreamer,” “It’s Raining Again,” “School,” and “Fool’s Overture.”
Accompanied by a four-piece band, Roger Hodgson continues to perform all his hits he wrote and later recorded with Supertramp plus other classics of his such as “Child of Vision,” “Hide in Your Shell,” “Sister Moonshine,” and “Even in the Quietest Moments,” plus favorites from his solo albums – “Only Because of You,” “Lovers in the Wind,” and “In Jeopardy” – many of which can be found on his current CD release, Classics Live.
Uniting generations, Hodgson is transporting baby boomers back to their youth while giving younger concertgoers a taste of why his heartfelt songs have endured. In fact, this year marks the 40th Anniversary of “Crime of the Century,” released in September 1974 (see press release below). Hodgson’s song, “Dreamer,” became Supertramp’s first international runaway hit, driving the album to the top of the charts. “School,” “Hide in Your Shell,” and “If Everyone Was Listening” are also fan favorites from the album that Hodgson wrote and composed and often plays in concert.
Roger’s shows give North American audiences the opportunity to once again experience the magic and spirit that Hodgson created with Supertramp.
Roger Hodgson North America Tour Dates:
November 4 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center
November 6 – Detroit, MI – MotorCity Casino Hotel
November 7 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Falls Casino and Resort
November 8 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
November 9 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
November 11 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
November 14 & 15 – Rama, ON, Canada – Casino Rama
“Whether it’s the melodic complexity of his songs, the harmonies he weaves with his band, the lyrics that sweep you away or his ability to still command the incredible upper range of his voice, ‘beautiful’ was what kept coming to mind over and over again during his performance. ‘Breathtaking’ might also apply. ‘I want more’ certainly would.” ~ Ted Hansen – Mesa Classic Rock Music Examiner
“All these years I thought I was a Supertramp fan when actually I was and am a Roger Hodgson fan. What a show! WOW is all I can say.” ~ David Wild, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
Check out his latest release, “Classics Live.” This spectacular collection of Roger’s hit songs from concerts recorded around the world on his 2010 tour is available through his Store and iTunes.
Enjoy this video montage of Hodgson performing some of his timeless classics.
For more information, visit the Tour page on Hodgson’s Website or Events on his Facebook page.
For additional information on Roger Hodgson, visit his Bio.
ABOUT SUPERTRAMP’S CRIME OF THE CENTURY:
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary since its release in 1974, Crime of the Century features the cream of Rick Davies’ and Roger Hodgson’s songwriting, was the first of the many peaks in Supertramp’s illustrious career; an album that had everything to prove and tunes that effortlessly straddled the world of pure pop and progressive rock. The significant change that happened with Supertramp on this album was that Hodgson and Davies had each found their strength as songwriters and were writing alone. With the unmistakable blend of the two songwriters – Davies’ and Hodgson’s – work, it married the sweetness of Hodgson’s ‘Dreamer’ — the band’s first big hit single — with the grit of Davies’ similarly beloved ‘Bloody Well Right.’ In ‘School,’ ‘Rudy,’ and the title track, the band – Davies, Hodgson, John Helliwell, Bob Siebenberg, and Dougie Thomson – helped define what would soon be known as ‘Adult Oriented Rock.’ This was — and is — not just an album that showed Supertramp’s increased maturity, but a timeless gem marked by the incredible melodies and thoughtful lyrics of Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.
This 40th Anniversary edition will be released December 9 in the US and contains the classic original album, remastered by Ray Staff at Air Studios, and a second disc features their 1975 Hammersmith Odeon concert, mixed from the original tapes by original on-the-night engineer Ken Scott, capturing the band on the verge of stardom, showcasing all of Crime, and also previewing tracks from the then-as-yet-unreleased follow-up, Crisis? What Crisis? The LP eventually peaked at Number 4 on the UK charts and saw the band for the first time on the US Top 40.
‘Dreamer’ also became the band’s first hit single. “I’m fortunate to have written songs that have become hits without ever trying to write one,” Hodgson says. “I’ve never sat down and said ‘OK I’m going to write a hit song.’ Inspiration comes in many different ways. Usually it comes when I get out of the way losing myself in the sound of the instrument I am playing – it’s almost like being in a meditative state. With ‘Dreamer,’ the inspiration was born out of excitement and just erupted out of me.” Hodgson continues, “Looking back, it was quite serendipitous that as a young songwriter with so many dreams I had my first hit with a song named ‘Dreamer.’ It was certainly a thrill to hear it being played all over the radio. Creating our reality, I’ve since realised, often starts with our dreams.”
‘If Everyone Was Listening.’ Another of Hodgson’s philosophical musings, ‘If Everyone Was Listening’ reaches back to Shakespeare’s As You Like It adage (‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men are merely players’) for allegorical inspiration.
“It’s all simply a play,” says Hodgson, “The world is the stage for all of us, and the song is more about just becoming aware of what is really real in life. And it’s a longing for love in a world that is falling apart.” Hodgson added, “To this day it has always been my ambition as an artist to try to make the world a better place through my music ever since The Beatles inspired me by how they made such a difference in the world.”
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Steering their art-rock origins into new pop territory, Supertramp made their first strike with this 1974 Top 40 LP. This is the one with their all-time classic Bloody Well Right ; the prog-pop gem Dreamer ; the dreamy title song, and more!
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Bob Siebenberg, Breakfast in America, Child of Vision, Crime of the Century, Dougie Thomson, Dreamer, Even in the Quietest Moments, Fool's Overture, Give a Little Bit, Hide in Your Shell, In Jeopardy, It's Raining Again, John Helliwell, Lovers in the Wind, Only Because of You, Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson, School, Sister Moonshine, Supertramp, Take the Long Way Home, The Logical Song
Alfred Wertheimer, famed Elvis photographer, dies at 85. Alfred Wertheimer who captured Elvis Presley in the early years, poses at the exhibition during the European Elvis Presley festival in Bad Nauheim, Germany on August 16, 2014, where Elvis Presley performed his military service between 1958 and 1960. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes on October 19th at his New York apartment. Credit: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images (PRNewsFoto/W Management)
NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Alfred Wertheimer, whose photographs of a 21-year-old Elvis Presley in 1956 are considered the definitive visual document of the soon-to-be “King of Rock & Roll” died on October 19, 2014 at his home in New York City. He was 85.
His niece, Pam Wertheimer, said he died of natural causes.
“Alfred Wertheimer took an assignment nobody else was interested in, to shoot an up-and-coming crooner from Memphis. He had the instinct to know that a revolution was coming and he followed Elvis on the road and elsewhere for another two weeks after his job for RCA was done. What came out of this is extraordinary in its intimacy and unparalleled in its scope. Al immortalized a young man in the very process of making history,” according to Bendikt Taschen, who published Mr. Wertheimer’s last book, Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll, in 2013.
Mr. Wertheimer’s photographs and stories were the basis for four other books about Elvis Presley. His book Elvis at 21 (Insight Editions, 2006) was selected by American Photo Magazine as one of the ten best photo books of the year.
The Smithsonian recently completed a tour of 14 major museums featuring Mr. Wertheimer’s photographs. Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer, was co-organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Govinda Gallery. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalog titled Elvis 1956 (Welcome Books). Mr. Wertheimer’s books were edited by Chris Murray, Director of Govinda Gallery. That exhibition opened at The Grammy Museum and included stops at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Mr. Wertheimer’s photographs were featured in the inaugural exhibition at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Artist to Icons. Wertheimer also had a one-person exhibition of his photographs at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.
Mr. Wertheimer’s photographs, along with Elvis Presley’s own recordings from that time, are the most important vintage documents of Elvis Presley in 1956, the year Presley and his music transformed the American music tradition.
Wertheimer left Hitler’s Germany with his father Julius, his mother Katy, and his brother Henry in 1936 when Wertheimer was six years old. His family came to New York City and settled in an apartment on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. After graduating from high school in 1947 he was accepted at Cooper Union School of Art in Manhattan. At Cooper Union he photographed his first events with a camera his brother Henry had given him.
In 1951 he graduated with a major in advertising design. The following year he was drafted into the army. After finishing his service in 1954, Wertheimer returned to New York City where he found a job with fashion photographer Tom Palumbo who worked for Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Al eventually started his own business as a freelance photographer in the middle of 1955. Wertheimer’s friend Paul Schutcer introduced Wertheimer to Ann Fulchino, a publicist at RCA. Ann asked Al to take photos of RCA’s latest acquisition, a young singer named Elvis Presley.
After working for a number of years as a freelance photographer Wertheimer became a documentary cinematographer working as one of the principle cameramen on the film Woodstock, as well as covering the 1960 Presidential campaigns of John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.
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In 1956, a twenty-one-year-old Elvis Presley was at the beginning of his remarkable and unparalleled career and photographer Alfred Wertheimer was asked by Presley’s new label, RCA Victor, to photograph the rising star. With unimpeded access to the young performer, Wertheimer was able to capture the unguarded and everyday moments in Elvis' life during that crucial year, a year that took him from Tupelo, Mississippi to the silver screen, and to the verge of international stardom and his crowning as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll.” As Alfred Wertheimer photographed Elvis during 1956, and again in 1958, he created classic images that are spontaneous, unrehearsed and completely without artifice.
Wertheimer’s photographs of Elvis are extraordinary and he appears almost ethereal, whether reading a newspaper while waiting for a cab, or washing his hands during one of his many train trips. After 1958 and Elvis’ induction into the army, the world seemingly forgot about Wertheimer’s magical photographs- for nineteen years- until Aug 16, 1977, the day Elvis died and Time Magazine called. “The phone hasn’t really stopped ringing in the last thirty years,” observes Wertheimer.
Many of the photographs in this visual treasury are previously unpublished and some have become almost as famous as the man himself.
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