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News on Jimi Hendrix, Backstreet Boys, Janis Joplin

HendrixAn auction held yesterday (June 21) at Bonhams & Brooks auction house in London sold more than 100 items once owned by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, in part benefitting charity organization Drugscope. The auction, organized by one-time Hendrix girlfriend Kathy Etchingham, fetched high prices for such lots as jewelry and clothing worn by the guitarist, guitars and amplifiers he used, and rare photographs. Some items were put up for sale by Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding.

An American flag shirt worn by Hendrix in the film "Rainbow Bridge" sold for #16,000 ($22,720), and a Marshall amplifier and Epiphone guitar he used fetched #29,000 and #55,000, respectively ($41,180 and $78,100). One item that remained unsold as of deadline was the actual wooden stage of London's Marquee Club, upon which Hendrix performed in 1967.

Eight of the auction items will benefit London-based charity organization DrugScope, which focuses on drug education and government policies.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.






Backstreet BoysBrian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys was so grateful that Cherokee County (Ga.) deputies recovered his two Chihuahuas -- Tyke and Litty, taken from his home last July -- that he donated $10,000 to the Sheriff's Department to buy new bulletproof vests.

"Out of the blue, we received a check from Brian Littrell, who lives in Cherokee County," said Sheriff Roger Garrison, who showed off the new vests earlier this week. "The $10,000 enabled us to buy 30 vests" to replace outdated ones. Deputy Donald Evans, who recovered one of the dogs, was excited about getting the new vests. "It was great that he was able to do that for us," said Evans, who added, "We would have helped anyone in that situation."

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Watchers of New York's Gay Pride Parade on Sunday (June 24) may do a double take when they see Janis Joplin cruising in her 1965 convertible Porsche. But it won't be the late rock artist they see. Singer/songwriter Cathy Richardson, who is one of the two actors playing Joplin in the off-Broadway play "Love, Janis," will be the one behind the wheel during the city's annual parade.

Owned by the Joplin family, the Porsche has appeared in several U.S. exhibits of rock stars' cars. The car was originally white, but the artist painted it with what Richardson calls a "wild psychedelic design" that remains today.

Outside of the show, which is currently slated to run through September at the Village Theatre, Richardson also performs with her own band, and plans to appear July 22 at Chicago's second annual Edgewater Festival, and Aug. 5 at the city's Northalsted Street Market Days festival. For more information, visit Richardson's official Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






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