I discovered something very cool while browsing the Barnes & Noble magazine stand today. I happened upon a new music magazine, Guitar Aficionado. I was struck by the photograph of Dhani Harrison on the cover of the Spring 2012 issue. I picked up the magazine and began leafing through the pages.
Being an avid fan of digital publishing I was psyched to see on page four that Guitar Aficionado was available for the iPad and iPhone devices. I took out my iPhone 4s and went looking on Apple’s App Store for the Guitar Aficionado App. I downloaded it and picked up the free issue with Richard Gere on the cover. It was added to my iPhone Newsstand. I knew I had to buy the magazine after that and walked the physical copy to the register.
I love what is happening with the convergence of print media and digital publishing through the iCloud. Publications like Guitar Aficionado are making tremendous strides in allowing readers choice in how they read and experience content.
The more exciting proposition is the added value that Dhani Harrison is bringing to fans of his father’s music. Dhani Harrison, along with the George Harrison Estate and Bandwidth Publishing will soon be making available a new iPad app which will allow Beatles and guitar fans the chance to check out the personal guitar collection of the late George Harrison. The app, The Guitar Collection: George Harrison, will be released through iTunes on February 23, two days before what would have been the former Beatle‘s 69th birthday.
You can get an in-depth preview of the iPad app with Dhani Harrison as your guide through the pages of the latest issue of Guitar Aficiando Magazine. I can tell you first hand its an exciting and informative set of articles. The information is complemented with brilliant color pages and wonderful memories for us all. I am so indebted to Dhani and Olivia Harrison for being so sharing with the world. It is another extension of George’s love to fans living in the material world.
Watch this video and see how you can touch and interact with George Harrison’s guitar collection. which is absolutely amazing if you ask me
I love how this continues the synergy between The Beatles and Apple through digital technology. Something tells me that George Harrison and Steve Jobs are smiling hugely over this accomplishment.
Whenever Paul McCartney speaks of George at live concerts, he refers to him as his little brother. I find comfort in Paul’s words. George Harrison was the spiritual disciple who commanded respect by the very nature of his silent religious smile.
Olivia Harrison is also releasing a coffee table book with Abrams Books which is a companion compilation to the film. Living In The Material World the book features photos, diaries and other memorabilia in conjunction with the documentary.
Clive Davis and Carlos Santana combine their energies with the Santana band and various guest stars for the new collaboration recording, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time (Arista Records), available on September 21st.
The first single is the George Harrison classic, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, which features the beautiful voice of Ms. Indie.arie and the masterful bow of cellist Yo-Yo Ma. I loved it when I read what Olivia Harrison said when she heard this recording, ““Listening to the song,” Olivia Harrison told Carlos, “it made me jump for joy and cry at the same time.”.
The VIP listening and all star concert takes place in Las Vegas on August 25th when Santana returns for their next extended stay at The Joint at The Hard Rock International Hotel. We hope that there will be something special planned on September 3rd when we get to see Santana live there for the 3rd time this year!