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Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas Presents Gibson Through the Lens

Rocker Slash with a Gibson guitar.
source: Gibson

The classic Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas in California presents "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 in Hollywood.

"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.

It 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, Jack White, Dave Grohl, Edge, Bono, Slash, Lenny Kravitz, Noel Gallagher, Madonna, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow and more.

Both Gibson and Epiphone guitars are the 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," said Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar.

"These images are evidence of the deep-routed history, high regard and quality of our guitars that are played by the world's leading artists. I am proud to be staging this exhibition for the first time in the U.S. at the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas because of its long-standing rock-n-roll history," he added. "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," said Rod Gruendyke, general manager of Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas.

Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. 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.