Nashville, TN - based Gibson Brands, Inc. on Tuesday May 1, 2018, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, (in Delaware) and announced a restructuring deal.
The petition, filed on Tuesday, notes that the company currently has up to $500 million in debt and will focus its operations on its musical instruments business, "unburdened by the challenges experienced by [the company's] separate, primarily non-U.S., consumer electronics business."
Gibson's current properties also include Baldwin Piano, Gibson Pro Audio and Wurlitzer, a company once famous for its organs but whose brand name Gibson now uses only for manufacturing jukeboxes.
As part of its debt restructuring, the company will close down and liquidate its unprofitable Gibson Innovations division, which sells audio equipment outside of the U.S. and has been the source of much of the company's financial troubles.
That business includes the brands KRK, Cerwin Vega and Stanton, whose lines include studio monitors, headphones and turntables. Gibson also currently holds a majority equity interest in TEAC, a Japanese home audio electronics company.
Gibson's plan includes giving some of the company's lenders equity ownership, while its lenders have agreed to an operating loan of up to $135 million to maintain existing operations. The restructuring will allow Gibson to focus on its most profitable ventures, such as musical instruments.
No changes will be made to its guitar manufacturing business, and all Gibson and Epiphone branded guitars are expected to continue in production uninterrupted.
It operates guitar-making factories in Nashville and Memphis, TN, and Bozeman, MT.
Its Music To My Ears By: Pat Lincoln
My favorite topic about music is, what is and what isn't "Music". Everyone seems to have the answer to this.
With so many classifications of musical styles, where do we even start? Do we talk about music in the style such as Country or Reggea, or do we talk about the individual talent and craftship of the musicians?
Do we define music by its scene, or like Andy Boretto's grunge look, by some bay area high school kids bringing the Grateful Dead's parking lot to everyone?
Instruments are easy, we can list them and say this person is great and so on. Most can agree that one is really good at playing their respective instrument.
Guitar players such as the shredding of Eddie Van Halen, the psychedelic sound of Jerry Garcia and Jimi Hendrix, to the Flamico style of Paco de Lucia or San Francisco's funk thrash scene Elton Ridge always come to mind in greatness.
Percussionist such as Benny Goodman the double entendre of Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzman, the double bass drums of Alex Van Halen, to classical sound of John Bonham or Peter Criss are all considered good.
I am not quite sure what makes a great bass player, such as Phil Lesh and Gene Simmons. What about double bass player Gary Karr?
However singers and vocalists is not so clear. How do we decide who is a great vocalist?
Does it have to be produced by Ted Templeman and mastered by George Horn or George Marino?
Play This On Your Player By:
On your Phonograph - 78 speed, 45 and 33
Audio Cassette Tape is the best. I love the mix tape, who doesn't?!
D.A.T. machine was going to take over the digital world and how we listen to music.
Compact Disc is barely alive
Now it is just a digital file
Record Album By: Pat Lincoln
What makes a great full length album? We believe that it basically has to be solid all the way through with music and in which every song rocks.
Below is what we have come up with as our Top 3 LP's as of right now, however we do expect these selections to change or increase to a Top 5 or maybe even more.
Some music experts around the world, would not consider all of these choices "RnR", but who's asking them?
There are so many great records, the next are difficult to rank. Receiving the "honorable mention" distinction, is 1984 and Sports. While 1984 narrowly lost out on a top spot, Eddie Van Halen does appear on Thriller.
By: Pat Lincoln
Is Classical music really just a style of rock n' roll from the
past and into the future?
20th century 1900–2000
21st century 2000–present
Hildegard of Bingen 1098- September 17, 1179
October 25, 1576 – November 30, 1623
As Vesta Was Descending
Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi
May 15, 1567 – November 29, 1643
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
March 4, 1678 – July 28, 1741
The Four Seasons
Apirl 11, 1682 - December 22, 1738
First Suite in D (Masterpiece Theatre theme song)
George Frideric Handel
February 23, 1685 – April, 14 1759
Water Music and Messiah
Johann Sebastian Bach
March 31, 1685 – July 28, 1750
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
The Brandenburg Concertos
Franz Joseph Haydn
March 31, 1732 – May 31, 1809
the six string quartets of Op. 20 and "Trauer" (Mourning) Symphony No. 44
August 18, 1750 – May 7, 1825
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791
The Magic Flute
Ludwig van Beethoven
December 1770 – March 28, 1827
Symphony No. 5
Franz Peter Schubert
January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828
December 11, 1803 – March 8, 1869
Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts
Wilhelm Richard Wagner
May 22, 1813 – February 13, 1883
Ride of the Valkyries and Wedding March (Bridal Chorus)
March 2, 1824 – May 12, 1884
May 7, 1833 – April 3, 1897
the Academic Festival Overture
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893
Romeo and Juliet, the 1812 Overture, The Nutcracker
Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty
Antonín Leopold Dvořák
September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904
New World Symphony, the Slavonic Dances
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
March 18, 1844 – June 21, 1908
Russian Easter Festival Overture, and symphonic suite Scheherazade
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
June17, 1882 – April 6, 1971
The Firebird, Petrushka and the Rite of Spring
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev
April 23, 1891 – March 5, 1953
Peter and the Wolf
Classical Symphony Orchestra
Is typically divided into 4 groups:
1. Woodwind instruments
2. Brass instruments
3. Percussion instruments
4. String instruments
Standard 3 Movement Format
1. a fast movement,
2. a slow movement
3. and another fast movement
The Normal 4 Movement Format
1. an opening sonata or allegro
2. a slow movement, such as adagio
3. a minuet with trio scherzo
(Beethoven 4-movement solo sonata)
4. an allegro, rondo, or sonata
Hector Berlioz's - Symphonie fantastique -
Has both a March and a Waltz with 5 Movements
- Instead of the Normal 4.
Kungliga Hovkapellet (the Royal Court Orchestra)
Is one of the worlds oldest active orchestras, recorded in
royal account books from 1526 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jazz originated in New Orleans, in in the early 1900s. Jazz began, combining military style brass-band marches, biguine (dance music), ragtime, blues and improvisation. Performers took turns playing melodies and improvising countermelodies
Big Band developed throughout the early 1910s and dominated through 1940s. Big bands started as accompaniment for dancing with written compositions and arrangements. Ensemble usually consists of 10 or more musicians with 4 sections, and a greater role to bandleaders, arrangers, and sections.
Swing evolved during the 1930s.The danceable style featured vibrant bandleaders and soloists who would improvise on the melody over the arrangement, where the emphasis is on the off–beat or weaker pulse in the music
Band Leaders and Musicians of these eras include Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Billy May, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James, Louis Jordan, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Hoagy Carmichael, and Henry Mancini.
Notable Singers from these eras include Mildred Bailey, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
Bebop style performers began to shift jazz from danceable popular music in the early 1940’s, towards smaller groups with minimal arrangements, faster tempos, intricate melodies, asymmetrical phrasing, and tempo-keeping rhythm sections. Influential bebop musicians included Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Max Roach, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis.
Edward Kennedy Ellington
April 29, 1899
May 24, 1974
“Satchmo, Satch, Pops”
Louis Daniel Armstrong
August 4, 1901
July 6, 1971
Rock n' Roll
Rock n' Roll By: Pat Lincoln
Where does this start? Did it start with blues guitarist Robert Johnson who totally rocks and is covered all the time, or is it Elvis who said Rn'R is just blues and gospel mucisc, or Chuck Berry? It seems that as long as it rocks, it is Rock n' Roll.
What does Stevie, Eddie, Jimmy, Jimi, Randy, Tommy, and Jerry all have in common?
"The King of Rock and Roll"
Elvis Aaron Presley
January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977
From 1953 to 1977, The King rocked the music and cultural world.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 23, 1986.
The Beatles formed in Liverpool, England in 1960. “Beatlemania” was led by primary songwriters John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, with George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Recording 13 studio albums, including over 1,400 concert appearances internationally over a 4-year period, they brought in a new era of music, change and cultural impact.
The Beatles have received just about every award possible including; Grammy, Academy and Ivor Novella, numerous #1 hit songs on all lists and charts, estimated sales of over 800 million physical and digital albums worldwide, Diamond and Multi-Platinum albums, #1 albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other Band. In Addition, they founded their own record label, Apple Records, in 1968.
The Beatles final public performance was their “Let It Be rooftop concert” on Thursday January 30, 1969. The concert from the roof of the headquarters of the band's record company (Apple Corps) was a 42-minute set, playing 9 takes of 5 songs. Footage from the performance was used in the 1970 documentary film - Let It Be.
On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney announced he was leaving the group. The bandmates were able to work towards a settlement with the document, known as "The Beatles Agreement", signed by the 4 in December 1974. Because of legal reasons, the formal dissolution of the partnership took place on January 9, 1975.
After their break-up in 1970, they have each enjoyed success as solo artists. As of 2018, McCartney and Starr remain musically active.
"The Fab Four" are widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history for incorporating several musical styles, classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in new and innovative ways. The band was integral to music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the 1960’s “counterculture”
In 1965, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr - Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE – Knighthood).
The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. All 4 members were also inducted individually from 1994 to 2015