Stanley Mouse, who painted the Strat above, has done artwork for several rock icons
including the Grateful Dead, Steve Miller Band, Joan Baez, David Nash, Bo Diddley and Tom Waits.
Musicians Gene Simmons, Slash, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, actress Juliet Lewis, television host Stephen Colbert, Comic Book Hall of Fame member Stan Lee, artist Stanley Mouse — best known for his Grateful Dead album cover art — and pop art icon Kenny Scharf are among the celebrities who decorated Stratocaster guitars for an upcoming auction to benefit Little Kids Rock, a leading nonprofit provider of free musical instruments and teacher trainings to U.S. public schools. Proceeds from the one-of-a-kind pieces of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia will help restore and revitalize music programs nationwide.
In a recent episode of his reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels, the legendary Kiss co-founder shared his views on the power of music with a group of kids enrolled in the Little Kids Rock program.
“I mean this seriously because I came from another country; I wasn’t born here and I had nothing,” he said. “My mother worked all of her life, she made 35 dollars a week and if it weren’t for music and good teachers I’d be on the streets doing bad stuff. This is the stuff that is going to save you and make you become successful.”
Simmons and his son, Nick, doodled eyeballs and a skull on their Fender Strat. Interestingly, skulls seemed to be a common theme — Stanely Mouse and Slash also incorporated a skull into their design.
View the entire collection here.
Bidding will begin Oct. 1 and end on Oct. 21 to coincide with Little Kids Rock’s annual “Right to Rock” celebration, honoring American Idol winner Kris Allen and featuring a performance by Vanilla Fudge.
For more information and to make your bids, visit www.littlekidsrock.org/auction.html
For more information about Fender Outreach, visit fender.com/outreach.