Bob Moog Foundation To Raffle Lou Reed's Moog Guitar!
- For Immediate Release
March 8, 2010
Asheville, NC --- The Bob Moog Foundation announces an once in a lifetime
raffle opportunity to begin Tuesday March 9, 2010 at 12pm (EST). The
Foundation will be selling $50 raffle tickets for a chance to win one of Lou
Reed's Moog Guitars. Only 200 tickets will be made available. Participants
can purchase raffle tickets online at the Foundation's online store
http://moogfoundation.org/shop . The raffle will close when the 200 tickets
have been sold and a winner will be chosen by an automated random selector
and notified via email. All proceeds go to benefit the programs of the Bob
Moog Foundation. Employees and volunteers of Moog Music, the Bob Moog
Foundation and Lou Reed are not eligible to participate in the auction.
Moog Music Inc., the company which carries on the legacy of synthesizer
pioneer Bob Moog through its innovative instruments, is donating the Paul Vo
Collector Edition (1 of only 300) Moog Guitar, serial #005, signed and
played by Lou Reed. The strikingly beautiful instrument is a maple top
Tiger Eye Flame with an ash body, maple neck and ebony fret board. Reed has
signed the front of the guitar; his labels for the guitar's controls remain
on the instrument as well as the brackets for his guitar strap.
Lou Reed, best known as the former guitarist, vocalist and principle
songwriter for the experimental rock band Velvet Underground, has enjoyed a
prolific career as a solo guitarist known for the pioneering of many sound
effects including distortion, high volume feedback and nonstandard tunings.
His love affair with the innovative Moog Guitar began early, as he played
the instrument in its prototype phase. Reed experiences the Moog Guitar for
the first time in this YouTube video. Upon hearing the guitar for the first
time, Reed exclaimed "This is amazing....this opens the door". Reed
performed on the Moog Guitar on the David Lettermen Show in the fall of
Mike Adams, President of Moog Music, states "Our thanks to Lou Reed, who
experienced the Moog Guitar in its earliest evolution and inspired us to
continue our development efforts. Gratefully, the proceeds from this raffle
will support the Bob Moog Foundation. Both the Bob Moog Foundation and Moog
Music serve to honor the genius of Bob Moog."
Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation
acknowledges "The Bob Moog Foundation is deeply grateful for the support of
Lou Reed and Moog Music. The funds raised from this raffle will be of great
assistance in expanding our Student Outreach Program, the program in which
we bring Moog instruments in to the schools and teach children the science
behind the sounds of electronic music. This program, even in its infant
stages, has opened children's minds and engaged their spirits to explore the
extensive sonic possibilities that Moog instruments offer."
Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Bob Moog. Moog designs
and manufactures electronic musical instruments, including Little PhattyR
and MinimoogR VoyagerR synthesizers, MoogerfoogerR effects modules,
EtherwaveR theremins and The Moog Guitar. Founded by Bob Moog, Moog Music
designs and manufactures its products in Asheville, N.C. www.moogmusic.com
The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose
mission is to carry on the legacy of Bob Moog through educating and
inspiring children and adults through the power and possibilities of
electronic music and through the intersection of science, music and
innovation. The foundation has three main projects: preserving and
protecting Bob Moog's archives, creating a Student Outreach Program that
brings electronic music into the schools, and its hallmark project, the
creation of a Moogseum in Asheville, NC, for which it was recently awarded a
$600,000 lead grant by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.
For more information see www.moogfoundation.org.