Exclusive T-Shirts Celebrate New Album Featuring Previously Unreleased Studio Recordings by Legendary Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Today Gap announced the brand is joining a yearlong celebration of the life and music of Jimi Hendrix in honor of his 70th birthday with the launch of two limited-edition t-shirt designs. The t-shirts feature art from the iconic musician’s new album, People, Hell and Angels, which introduces previously unreleased studio recordings from 1969, the year Gap was founded in San Francisco.
Available in styles for men and women, the exclusive cotton t-shirts will launch online at Gap.com on March 5 th and be available in US stores on March 15 th for $29.95. In addition, the shirts will be offered in select Gap stores in Canada, UK, France, Italy, Japan and China starting in late March.
“From the moment we opened our first store in 1969 selling jeans and records, Gap has always connected with people through music,” said Seth Farbman, Gap’s Global Chief Marketing Officer. “This partnership is an opportunity to celebrate an influential, American artist whose music still inspires people today.”
“We are delighted to be partnering with Gap to celebrate the release of People, Hell and Angels on the 70th anniversary year of the birth of our beloved Jimi. In fashion, as in music, he was adventurous, innovative and colorful. These beautiful shirts, along with Fender’s participation, are truly the reflections of his creative music, fashion and style,” stated Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC.
Gap’s 1969 Soho store in New York City and Gap’s Seattle stores at 5th & Pine and Southcenter will offer a special pre-launch of the t-shirts beginning March 5 th. In celebration of the pre-launch, shoppers will have the opportunity to win one of two Fender ® guitars by visiting the Soho store from March 5-10 and uploading an image of the Fender ® guitars to Instagram using the hashtag #JimiHendrixGap. Twenty lucky Hendrix fans will also have an opportunity to win the new Gap t-shirt and a copy of the new album by pinning one of the new exclusive t-shirts on Pinterest.
People, Hell and Angels, released on March 5 th by Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is an essential new album premiering twelve previously unreleased studio recordings completed by guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The album showcases the legendary guitarist working outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. These twelve recordings present some of the finest Jimi Hendrix guitar work ever issued and provide a compelling window into his growth as a songwriter, musician and producer.
Gap is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering casual, American style. The brand offers classic, iconic clothing that helps customers express their individuality through its Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity and GapBody collections. With an optimistic point of view and belief that everyone can make their creative mark in the world, Gap embodies what it means to be bright. Founded in San Francisco in 1969 by Donald G. Fisher and Doris F. Fisher, the brand has grown from one store to over 1,500 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.
About Legacy Recordings
The multiple Grammy-winning Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog division, produces and maintains the world’s foremost catalog of historic reissues, an unparalleled compendium of thousands of digitally re-mastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, ethnic, world music, classical, comedy and more.
About Experience Hendrix LLC
Founded by James ‘Al’ Hendrix, Jimi’s father, in 1995, Experience Hendrix, has been managed since its inception by the family members handpicked by Al during his tenure as Chairman. It is the official family company charged with managing the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix. As a part of their daily operations, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix oversee Jimi’s timeless legacy on a worldwide basis.
SOURCE Gap Inc.
Web Site: http://www.gapinc.com
People, Hell & Angels is a new album of twelve never before released Jimi Hendrix studio recordings. This special album showcases the legendary guitarist working outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. Beginning in 1968, Jimi Hendrix grew restless, eager to develop new material with old friends and new ensembles. Outside the view of a massive audience that had established the Experience as rock’s largest grossing concert act and simultaneously placed two of his albums together in the US Top 10 sales chart, Jimi was busy working behind the scenes to craft his next musical statement.
Earth Blues: Totally unlike the version first issued as part of Rainbow Bridge in 1971, this December 19, 1969 master take features just Hendrix, Cox and Miles—stripped down funk at its very origin.
Somewhere: This newly discovered gem was recorded in March 1968 and features Buddy Miles on drums and Stephen Stills on bass. Entirely different from any previous version fans have heard.
Hear My Train A Comin’: This superb recording was drawn from Jimi’s first ever recording session with Billy Cox & Buddy Miles—the rhythm section with whom he would later record the groundbreaking album Band Of Gypsys.
Bleeding Heart: This Elmore James masterwork had long been a favorite of Jimi’s. Recorded at the same May 1969 session as “Hear My Train A Coming,” Jimi had a firm understanding of the arrangement and tempo he desired. Before they began, Jimi instructed Cox and Miles that he wanted to establish a totally different beat than the standard arrangement. He then kicked off this amazing rendition unlike any other he had ever attempted.
Let Me Move You: In March 1969, Jimi reached back to another old friend, saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood. Before he was discovered by Chas Chandler in the summer of 1966, Jimi had contributed guitar for Youngblood and such infectious rhythm and blues styled singles such as “Soul Food”.
This March 1969 session features Hendrix and Youngblood trading licks on this never before heard, high velocity rock and soul classic.
Izabella: In the aftermath of the Woodstock festival, Jimi gathered his new ensemble, Gypsy Sun & Rainbows at the Hit Factory in August 1969 with engineer Eddie Kramer. “Izabella” had been one of the new songs the guitarist introduced at the Woodstock festival and Jimi was eager to perfect a studio version. This new version is markedly different from the Band Of Gypsys 45 rpm single master issued by Reprise Records in 1970 and features Larry Lee, Jimi’s old friend on rhythm guitar.
Easy Blues: An edited extract of this gorgeous, free flowing instrumental was briefly issued as part of the long out of print, 1981 album Nine To The Universe. Now nearly twice as long, fans can enjoy the dramatic interplay between Jimi, second guitarist Larry Lee, Billy Cox and drummer Mitch Mitchell.
Crash Landing: Perhaps known as the title song for the controversial 1975 album that featured Hendrix master recordings posthumously overdubbed by session musicians, this April 1969 original recording has never been heard before. Jimi is joined here by Billy Cox and drummer Rocky Isaac of the Cherry People to record this thinly veiled warning to his girlfriend Devon Wilson.
Inside Out: Jimi was fascinated by the rhythm pattern which would ultimately take form as “Ezy Ryder”. Joined here by Mitch Mitchell, Jimi recorded all of the bass and guitar parts for this fascinating song--including a dramatic lead guitar part amplified through a Leslie organ speaker.
Hey Gypsy Boy: The roots of Jimi’s majestic “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” trace themselves to this March 1969 recording. Unlike the posthumously overdubbed version briefly issued as part of Midnight Lightning in 1975, this is original recording that features Jimi joined by Buddy Miles.
Mojo Man: Jimi lends a hand to Albert & Arthur Allen, the vocalists known as the Ghetto Fighters, whom he had befriended in Harlem long before he achieved fame with the Experience. When the two recorded this inspired, previously unreleased master at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama they took it back to Hendrix at Electric Lady Studios. Jimi knew just what to do to elevate the recording beyond contemporary R & B to the new hybrid of rock, rhythm and blues he was celebrated for.
Villanova Junction Blues: Long before his famous performance of this song at Woodstock, Jimi recorded this studio version with Billy Cox and Buddy Miles at the same May 1969 session which yielded “Hear My Train A Comin’” and “Bleeding Heart” also featured on this album. Never fully finished, the song stands as an example of the fertile ideas he hoped to harness.
Categories: News Tags: 1969, album, Banana Republic, blues, broadway, classical, Country, Experience Hendrix LLC, Fender, Gap, gospel, guitarist, Janie Hendrix, Jazz, Jimi Hendrix, Musician, People Hell and Angels, producer, R&B, reissues, Rock, SoHo, songwriter, Sony Music Entertainment, soundtracks, t-shirt
Millions of Americans Expected to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks Through Charitable Service
9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Rekindles Spirit of Unity
NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Millions of Americans across the country are expected to observe today’s 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by engaging in charitable service and good deeds, answering the call of the spirited “I Will” campaign launched this summer with the goal of organizing the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history in tribute to the 9/11 victims and survivors, and all those who rose in service in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The “I Will” campaign has been lead by the 9/11 Day nonprofit MyGoodDeed, which helped create the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, and HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute. These organizations joined with many others to encourage Americans to rekindle the spirit of unity and service that existed immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Over the past few weeks, this effort gained tremendous grassroots and national momentum, fueled by the support of many prominent celebrities including Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Dwight Howard, Nick Cannon, George Lopez, Jordin Sparks, Hope Solo, Nas, Steve Harvey, Michael Strahan, Maria Shriver, Patti LaBelle, Freddy Adu and Julianne Moore. Many appeared in the group’s inspiring television public service announcements, while others posted support messages through Facebook or Twitter.
Since June, Americans and others have posted more than 100,000 good deed “tributes” on Facebook.com/911day and http://www.911day.org, covering all 50 states and many nations around the world. Tributes range from volunteering to pick up trash, restoring playgrounds and building homes to bringing lunch to firefighters, children doing dishes for their parents, calling and reconnecting with friends and giving free haircuts to military personnel.
Independent research conducted by Los Angeles-based Horizon Consumer Science projects that as many as 33 million Americans will observe this 9/11 by engaging in some form of charitable service activity.
“It is a humbling experience to see the nation rally around the idea of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance,” said David Paine, co-founder and president of MyGoodDeed. “We hope to continue to build upon this to create a positive legacy for generations to come.”
HandsOn Network estimates that anywhere from 600,000 to as many as one million actions of volunteer service will happen this weekend. Large-scale volunteer service projects organized by HandsOn Network affiliates spanned 24 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. as well as many others.
“Today’s 10th anniversary, and every anniversary of this tragic day, we will remember. But, we will do more than that – at our best, our nation addresses challenges and tragedy not with a negative response, but with compassion, generosity and action,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute.
In New York City, New York Cares‘ volunteers will revitalized P.S. 140 in the Lower East Side, pack emergency preparedness kits, plant a neighborhood garden and provide services to local seniors and immigrants. HandsOn Bay Area in San Francisco partnered with the local American Legion and the office of the mayor to engage in citywide projects like urban farming, disaster preparedness training and renovated homeless shelters. Volunteers with Boston Cares will prepare care packages for active duty service members and their families, hold blood drives and assemble cots and other supplies for use at emergency evacuation shelters. In our nation’s capital HandsOn Greater DC Cares will organize a service event in Freedom Park allowing volunteers to engage in “mobile service projects” and sign up for long-term commitments with local nonprofits. Participation in Washington, D.C. increased 84 percent from last year, filling a majority of their 10,000 volunteer slots in advance. Smaller projects being held across the country include school transformations, park revitalization, emergency preparedness trainings and more.
“This observance captures the desire of millions of people to pay tribute, as well as our collective determination to never forget those lost, the injured, and the many who rose in service in response to the attacks,” said Jay S. Winuk, vice-president and co-founder of MyGoodDeed, and brother of Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney, volunteer firefighter and EMT who died in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001. “The level of participation in this year’s 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance observance is historic, heartwarming and meaningful, as together we help make the world a bit better for those in need.”
Partnering with MyGoodDeed and HandsOn Network to achieve this service milestone were the 9/11 Memorial, Business Civic Leadership Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AARP, The Mission Continues and the CNCS. Many other leading national service organizations also participated actively in promoting the observance in collaboration with these principal organizations.
The 9/11 Day Observance received record financial support in 2011, lead by American Express, which donated one million dollars, along with GlaxoSmithKline, JPMorgan Chase and Best Buy, which each donated half a million. All of these organizations also engaged their employees in a range of service projects. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimated that as many as 1,000 employers joined in participating in the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance this year, the largest outpouring of support from Corporate America since the 2001 attacks. Millions in donated media for the 9/11 Day PSA campaign also came from key partnerships with Viacom, ClearChannel, AOL and the National Association of Broadcasters. Additional supporters included Target, Bank of America, Holland & Knight, KBW, Northrop Grumman, Neiman Marcus, University of Phoenix, UPS, GGP, NASCAR, Groupon and in-kind support from the Gap Inc.
About 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
The 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed and HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute, joined together to encourage all Americans to commemorate the anniversary of Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, leading the efforts to inspire one million acts of charitable service in tribute to the victims, survivors and those who rose to service in response to the attacks 10 years ago.
Categories: News Tags: 9/11, AARP, Alan Jackson, Americans, Anniversary, Bank of America, Best Buy, Boston, Business, Chicago, CNCS, Commemorate, D.C., Dwight Howard, Facebook, firefighter, Gap, George Lopez, GGP, GlaxoSmithKline, Groupon, HandsOn Network, Holland & Knight, Hope Solo, I Will, Jordin Sparks, JPMorgan Chase, Julianne Moore, KBW, Lady Gaga, Los Angeles, Maria Shriver, Michael Strahan, My Good Deed, Nas, NASCAR, Neiman Marcus, New York City, Nick Cannon, Northrop Grumman, Patti LaBelle.Freddy Adu, Philadelphia, Points of Light Institute, police, San Francisco, Selena Gomez, St.Louis, Steve Harvey, survivors, terrorist, Tim McGraw, Twitter, U.S., University of Phoenix, UPS, Viacom, victims, Washington