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Alanis Morissette to be Inducted into Guitar Center's Historic RockWalk

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Guitar Center is proud to announce the upcoming induction of multi-platinum and Grammy winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette, into the retailers historic RockWalk. The induction ceremony, which is by invitation only, will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. PDT at Guitar Center's Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard.

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"Alanis Morissette is the perfect example of the type of artist we intend to honor with Guitar Center's RockWalk," said Dave Weiderman, Chairman of Guitar Center's RockWalk. "She has made such a lasting impression on the hearts of her fans and on the stylings of fellow musicians that it is high time we recognize her place in music history. Guitar Center is always striving to support and inspire musicians so we are honored to be recognizing such an influential artist."

Guitar Center's RockWalk is dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, Blues and R&B. As the newest RockWalk inductee, Alanis Morissette's handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures, and faces of other equally accomplished musicians and innovators such as Eric Clapton, George Martin, Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Run-D.M.C. and Queen, among numerous others.

"I'm honored to be joining the ranks of such an esteemed group of artists," said Alanis Morissette. "Guitar Center's RockWalk is home to some of my own personal musical idols, and to be in that kind of company is truly humbling. I hope I can provide the same type of inspiration to aspiring musicians today."

Guitar Center and Alanis Morissette also recently partnered on an episode of the award-winning live performance and interview music television series Guitar Center Sessions. The episode featured an intimate interview between Morissette and renowned music journalist Nic Harcourt as well as exclusive live performances of the singer-songwriters' songs, both classic hits and tracks from her upcoming album Havoc and Bright Lights. Additionally, Morissette will grace the cover of Guitar Center's Buyers Guide. Havoc and Bright Lights will be available for purchase at all 230 Guitar Center locations nationwide beginning Aug. 28, 2012.

About Guitar Center's RockWalk

Guitar Center's RockWalk became a reality on November 13, 1985 with inaugural inductions including Stevie Wonder, Eddie Van Halen, Creator of the Gibson Les Paul guitar Ted McCarty, Martin Guitar founder C.F. Martin III, Marshall Amplifier creator Jim Marshall. At last, the Rock 'n Roll world could claim for itself an institution every bit as compelling as Mann's Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Located at Guitar Center's Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard, all Guitar Center RockWalk inductees are chosen solely by past honorees. In this way, inductees are chosen by real "music authorities," those who would best be able to gauge his or her contribution to music history.

As the world's largest retailer of musical instruments, Guitar Center is dedicated to supporting the global music community and providing musicians with opportunities to get their music heard. Guitar Center's musicianship programs include the award winning music television series Guitar Center Sessions, the weekly radio show Connections Made By Guitar Center, and the acclaimed podcast series At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt as well as various competition based programs such as Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center Drum Off, Guitar Center On-Stage and Guitar Center's Battle of the Blues.

About Alanis Morissette

Since 1995 Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, 12 Canadian Juno Awards, 7 Grammy® Awards (with an additional 14 nominations), a Golden Globe nomination and sales of over 60 million albums worldwide. Morissette's 1995 debut, "JAGGED LITTLE PILL," was followed by such eclectic and acclaimed albums as "SUPPOSED FORMER INFATUATION JUNKIE" (1998), "MTV UNPLUGGED" (1999), "UNDER RUG SWEPT" (2002), "SO-CALLED CHAOS" (2004), "JAGGED LITTLE PILL ACOUSTIC" (2005), her greatest hits album, "THE COLLECTION" (2005), "FLAVORS OF ENTANGLEMENT"(2008), as well as musical contributions to theatrical releases. Most recently Alanis has acted on the small screen with roles in the hit television series "Weeds" and "Up All Night," and appeared as a celebrity guest mentor on the last season of "The Voice."  On August 28th 2012, Alanis will release her highly anticipated seventh studio album, HAVOC AND BRIGHT LIGHTS (Collective Sounds/Sony RED). Recorded in Los Angeles, the album marks the songstress' first release in four years. For more information see www.alanis.com.

About Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the world's largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 230 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company's Web site at www.guitarcenter.com.

SOURCE Guitar Center



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