09.20.12 Adam Yauch Design Leads All-Star Skateboard Auction (Ben Harper involved with Tony Hawk charity project)

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Adam Yauch Design Leads All-Star Skateboard Auction

Paul McCartney, Tom Petty also contribute to Tony Hawk charity project

By DAVID BROWNE
September 20, 2012 3:25 PM ET

Two months before he passed away, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch paid tribute to one of his favorite pastimes: skateboarding. At the request of skate legend Bucky Lasek, Yauch – an avid skater since he was in high school – wrote out the lyrics to the Beasties' "Bodhisattva Vow" across three separate decks. The boards, each signed and dated "Adam Yauch March 15, 2012," will be auctioned online on November 29th as part of a charity project from the Tony Hawk Foundation. more»

08.30.12 Ben Harper: Best Of Collection Titled 'By My Side' Due Oct. 16 (features a new song)

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Ben Harper: Best Of Collection Titled 'By My Side' Due Oct. 16 (features a new song)

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Ben Harper: 'Best Of' Due 10/16; Busy With Natalie Maines, Rickie Lee Jones

Ben Harper will release his first career spanning Best of collection By My Side on October 16, a project that appears to signal the end of his nearly 20 year stint with the Virgin/EMI label. Inside sources tell DC that the album will contain one new song. The retrospective comes just more than a year after his last studio album Give Til It's Gone. more»

07.31.12 Ben Harper & Tony Hawk team up for Boards + Bands fundraising project

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Ben Harper & Tony Hawk team up for Boards + Bands fundraising project

http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/news/2012/06/27/old-skateboards-become...

Old Skateboards Become New Skateparks

Tony Hawk and top skaters team up with award-winning recording artists to benefit at-risk youth.

6/28/12 (Los Angeles, CA)

– What do pro skaters do with the boards they skate and destroy? They turn them into skateparks.

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and renowned singer-songwriter and musician Ben Harper have come together to recruit their friends in the skate and music worlds for a very special project. A member of the nonprofit Tony Hawk Foundation Board Of Directors, Harper conceived the idea to use pro skaters’ old decks to write song lyrics on and raise funds to build positive recreational outlets for at-risk youth.

“I've always felt that skateboards are one of the best canvases for art, and noticed that wear and tear only made them look cooler,” said Harper. “I was at Tony’s place and saw a note that a friend of Tony's had written on a board that had been skated. And being a musician and a skater, it just seemed obvious.” more»