Friday, January 13, 2012

This Week's Inspirational Moments in Pop Culture

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Musicians give their strings for charity, a TV icon shares her personal story and a fashion designer doles out blessing marks. Here are this week's most inspirational moments in pop culture.

Musicians Give Their Strings for Charity

Thanks to Wear Your Music, fans can own a little piece of their favorite artist while donating to charity. The organization collects used guitar strings from some of rock's biggest and brightest stars and recycles the materials to make the Original Artists Bracelets.

Each bangle is crafted using discarded strings wrapped in sterling silver. They are packaged in old DVD jewel cases and come complete with a certificate of authenticity. Princes range from $25 to $300 depending on the musician.

The bracelets feature tossed strings from legendary players like Brian May, Carlos Santana, Willie Nelson and Pete Townshend. Each artists picks the charity that will receive the proceeds from the sale of his or her bracelets.

For example, if you buy a Peter Frampton bracelet for $150, all of the money goes to the Music Resource Center in Cincinnati. A $250 bracelet featuring strings used by Kirk Hammett of Metallica will benefit Musicares. And purchasing a $175 Jason Mraz bangle will help a charity called Surfrider.

Other artists contributing strings include Avril Lavigne, Bob Wier, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Biaz, John Mayer and Mark Knopfler. But with over 150 musicians to choose from, and a roster that changes regularly, it's worth visiting the site to see for yourself.

If the artists bracelets are too pricey, the company also sells similar items that are not made from famous players' cast-offs for $20, as well as record bowls and 45 coasters using discarded LPs and singles from some of rock's best known acts.

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