Items contributed by Dave Grohl, Chris Cornell, Elton John, Iggy Pop and others are being used to make watches to help raise money for musicians' drug addiction treatment.
The musicians, also including Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, have given items such as guitar straps, flannel, plaid flannel shirts, denim jackets and leather pants to the California-based watch maker Nixon for its Rock LTD Collection, which will use the materials to make straps for a line of watches whose proceeds will go to the MusiCares MAP Fund, which helps provide addiction therapy treatment for musicians.
Nixon is creating up to 30 watches that will be released this fall and sell for $1,200-$1,800 in its stores in New York, London and Paris. The Cornell watch, made from a guitar strap, will tour the stores before being auctioned off during a MusiCares benefit in May.
Cornell was a longtime supporter of the MAP Fund and had agreed to donate the strap before his death in May; In a statement his widow Vicky says that, "Addiction is a disease, and we lose far too many loved ones to the illness each day. MusiCares is a crucial organization and the MusiCares MAP Fund 100 percent supports the music community in its fight to protect those battling this affliction."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.