Rock for MS in S.F. Bimbo's Show & Auction

Rock for MS Benefit Concert at Bimbo's and Auction

Rock for MS is the major fundraising event for MSFriends, conceived under the leadership of VisionWorks Foundation president, Amelia Davis, and inspired by Jim Marshall, one of the world's most renowned rock music photographers and winner in 2004 of a Lifetime Achievement Lucie Award.

More than ten years ago, Jim Marshall hired Amelia as his assistant knowing she had MS, and since then Jim has become a passionate advocate for the needs of people living with MS.

Through Marshall's influence, other well-known rock photographers such as Henry Diltz, Baron Wolman, Jay Blakesberg, Neal Preston, Michael Zagaris and others are now pitching in to donate their work for auction or sale. MSFriends has established a powerful, high profile presence in three of the most important music and photography centers in this country: San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

Rock for MS is coming to Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco on April 23. There is an amazing lineup of music including Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne and San Francisco's own Monophonics and Aidan Hawken with Special Guest appearances.

There is also an online auction going on right now and ending the day after Rock for MS. Go to to view and bid on items. The auction features rare and never before seen rock photography.

All proceeds go to keep running the MSFriends 24/7 peer support helpline for people living with multiple sclerosis.

There will also be a live auction at Bimbo's featuring an Epiphone guitar with Jim Marshall's photo of Johnny Cash flipping the bird at Folsom Prison. It is a one of a kind made by Pamelina, a custom guitar painter artist in L.A. Jim Marshall also made a 1/1 color dye transfer of Janis Joplin and Grace Slick just for Rock for MS. It has never before been printed. Marshall was the only photographer to photograph Janis and Grace together. It was for a story in Teen Set Magazine about "The Two Queen Bees of San Francisco Rock" in 1967.

Purchase tickets to the event at Bimbo's 365 here.

View and bid on auction items here.

[Published on: 3/30/09]

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oldfartatplay starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/30/2009 01:13PM
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that is one sweet ass axe. great cause as well.

warmcarlbluntsnbisco Mon 3/30/2009 01:36PM
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^ Its an Epiphone (AKA - POS) The image is classic though!

itscow3 Mon 3/30/2009 02:51PM
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i'm 29 and i just found out i had MS about a year ago, its pretty cool since i'm such a music junkie, to know the are doing benefits for this makes me pretty happy!

MusicPhiend Mon 3/30/2009 02:58PM
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24 year old MSer here. Glad to see this posted.

Marcsmall Mon 3/30/2009 04:57PM
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Staying in good physical condition has been proven to be very valuable in new lesions from appearing and from keeping symptoms at bay..

My cousin was diagnosed about 10 years ago, and has since become a personal trainer since, specializing in people with MS....He won personal trainer of the year in 2007 by the NSCA, and has been relatively symptom free ever since becoming fixated on his own fitness....I really have seen firsthand the difference between him being wheelchair bound before the fitness started, and now being completely functional and happy....Anyone who would like more info on MS and Fitness, please check out his website at: