Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas Presents 'Gibson Through the Lens' August 1-24, 2008

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The classic Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas is proud to bring "Gibson Through the Lens" from the world's leading instrument manufacturer, Gibson Guitar, for an exclusive three-week photo exhibition to celebrate the completion of the hotel's unprecedented expansion and new villas grand opening. "Gibson Through The Lens" features some of the world's most respected and prolific rock photographers such as Ross Halfin, Jim Marshall, Neal Preston, Mick Rock, Bob Gruen and Baron Wolman, to name a few. This will be the first time the exhibition featuring these iconic and timeless photographs of international musicians with their Gibson or Epiphone guitar has been staged in the U.S.

. I am honored to be able to exhibit these rare and very special iconic photographs at the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas as it enters another chapter in its amazing history.

The classic Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas is proud to bring "Gibson Through the Lens" from the world's leading instrument manufacturer, Gibson Guitar, for an exclusive three-week photo exhibition to celebrate the completion of the hotel's unprecedented expansion and new villas grand opening. "Gibson Through The Lens" features some of the world's most respected and prolific rock photographers such as Ross Halfin, Jim Marshall, Neal Preston, Mick Rock, Bob Gruen and Baron Wolman, to name a few. This will be the first time the exhibition featuring these iconic and timeless photographs of international musicians with their Gibson or Epiphone guitar has been staged in the U.S. "Gibson Through the Lens" will exhibit 70 rare and vintage images of international artists such as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Marc Bolan, Jack White, Dave Grohl, Edge, Bono, Slash, Lenny Kravitz, Noel Gallagher, Madonna, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow and more. Rock stars, celebrities and media elite will attend a private villa opening reception on July 30th, during which this museum worthy collection will be unveiled.

Both Gibson and Epiphone guitars are the natural stars of this exhibition offering a rare insight into many of the world's best loved artists enjoying private moments with their instruments backstage, on the tour bus, at home or live on stage. Following the London Exhibition in March 2007, "Gibson Through the Lens" traveled to Berlin in June of last year before heading over to Los Angeles to complete the journey at the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas.

"Gibson Through the Lens offers music fans around the world the opportunity to witness an exhibition of iconic pictures that symbolizes and represents the heart and soul of Gibson and Epiphone Guitar through the ages. These images are evidence of the deep routed history, high regard and quality of our guitars that are played by the worlds leading artists. I am proud to be staging this exhibition for the first time in the US at the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas because of its long-standing rock n roll history." - Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar

"The Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas has a long-standing relationship with the music world, many of whom called the hotel home early in their careers and continue to do so to this day. It is very befitting that these same stars are the subjects of "Gibson Through the Lens". I am honored to be able to exhibit these rare and very special iconic photographs at the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas as it enters another chapter in its amazing history." - Rod Gruendyke, General Manager of Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas

About Gibson Guitar
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Gibson's HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar and the Gibson Robot Guitar represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.'s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Maestro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Oberheim, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, Baldwin, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson's website at http://www.gibson.com or http://www.gibson.com/press .

About The Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas

The Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas is a private sprawling Mediterranean style all-suite West Hollywood Hotel that has just completed a $20 million dollar expansion and is the ultimate music, film and fashion industry destination. Accommodations range from 102 spacious suites in the main building and 10 detached, multi-room new villas offering one and two-bedroom suites with private patios and balconies that evoke the architectural style of the south of France. The crown jewel of the property, the 2-story Presidential Villa, features 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, screening room, dining for 10, executive office, 2 huge walk-in closets and comes with the guest's choice of Bentley, SUV or limo. All villas are attended to by the 24-hour villa butler and accessed by a private elevator.

The hotel also houses NightBird, a state-of-the-art recording studio and screening room facility. Guests can retire to the dark and sexy Bar 1200 (a favorite refuge of celebrities and musicians using the studio). The hotel is located a short walk from the Sunset Strip in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world, but it feels a world away, with its five acres of lush gardens, koi pond, waterfalls, wooden bridge and brick paths. In addition, there is a new spa with exclusive Erbe products, 2 heated pool areas, new private poolside cabanas, new restaurant (with patio seating and hospitality room above it) overseen by 2-star Michelin rated 5-star/5-diamond rated Executive Chef Guillaume Burlion, 24 hour full menu room service, outdoor bar, weight room and cardiovascular equipment, 24-hour valet parking and a garage that can accommodate 4 full size tour buses. Visit The Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas' website at http://www.sunsetmarquishotel.com

For further information about The Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas and "Gibson Through The Lens" event, please contact: Kelly Cutrone or Lauren Zelisko, People's Revolution at (212) 274-0400, kelly.cutrone @ peoplesrevolution.com or lauren.zelisko @ peoplesrevolution.com

For further information about Gibson Guitars, please contact: Caroline Galloway at (615) 423-4904, caroline.galloway @ gibson.com or Maureen O'Connor, Rogers & Cowan at (310) 854-8116, moconnor @ rogersandcowan.com

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