Gibson to Host Panel Discussion With Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Chuck D of Public Enemy

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Panelists include recording legends Jack Douglas and Eddie Kramer, renowned musicians Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Dug Pinnick (King’s X) with Brian Hardgroove (Public Enemy, HARDGROOVE) moderating.

NASHVILLE, TENNESEE –April 10, 2013-- Gibson will host a panel discussion featuring 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Chuck D of Public Enemy, as well as legendary producers Jack Douglas (The Who, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith), Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones), Stewart Copeland of The Police and Dug Pinnick of King’s X. The event will be held April 17, 2013 at 9:30AM PDT at the Gibson Beverly Hills Showroom.

Led by Brian Hardgroove, bassist and bandleader of Public Enemy for over 10 years, this forthright discussion will address the often-contentious questions:

  •     What is rock and roll?
  •     What genres should be represented in the Hall of Fame?
  •     What is the future of rock and roll?

Chuck, Kramer, Douglas, Copeland and Pinnick will discuss the above three topics and answer select questions from the audience. The event starts with a performance by Public Enemy’s Johnny Juice.

The Gibson Beverly Hills Showroom is located at 9350 Civic Center Drive, Suite 130 Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Space is limited. To RSVP, contact Codey Allen at Codey.Allen (at) Gibson (dot) com. This event is presented in partnership with Gibson, Stanton DJ, Sennheiser, The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, and The California Arts Council.


Founded in 1894, Gibson is a global music and lifestyle-oriented company based in Nashville, Tennessee, creating products that enrich the lives of musicians, fans, and consumers alike. Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Run by technology visionary, Henry Juszkiewicz, the company has been at the forefront of innovation since its inception, the latest of which is the LPX guitar and the Min-ETune™ tuning system. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health and human services. Gibson's family of brands encompasses some of the most widely known and respected brands in the history of music and entertainment, including: Epiphone, KRK Systems, TEAC, Cerwin-Vega!, Stanton, Onkyo, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. More information is available at:

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