Magazine article Variety

Paul Allen Disc Spins Coin for Kid Music Projects

Magazine article Variety

Paul Allen Disc Spins Coin for Kid Music Projects

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Tech entrepreneurship and rock music have always had unexpected overlaps. Apple's Steve Jobs had his rock nerd counterpart in Steve Wozniak, who spent his early cultural capital organizing the Us Festival in 1982. Texas Instruments' rudimentary language translators provided the group Kraftwerk with a key midcareer muse. And techno-futurist prophet Ray Kurzweil spent years designing custom synthesizers for Stevie Wonder.

But perhaps no major tech world figure has been as proactive about his rock fandom as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Allen, who personally commissioned Seattle's Experience Music Project Museum back in 2000, is a longtime Jimi Hendrix fanatic and blues guitarist (he's jammed with the likes of Eric Clapton and released an album with group the Grown Men), - and now he's finally going solo.

Under the moniker Paul Allen and the Underthinkers, Allen's album "Everywhere at Once" will feature plenty of ringers: Heart's\ Ann and Nancy Wilson, Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, Derek Trucks and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo all are heard on this record. Doyle Bramhall II manned the mixing boards.

The package will feature 13 original songs, all written or co-written by Allen, and unless "Big Blue Raindrops" turns out to be a subtle IBM diss track, the song titles do not indicate any sort of tech theme. …

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