“As a parent of a child with Autism, I know first hand what an organization like Autism Speaks can mean in finding a cure for this terrible disorder.
Therefore, in planning for the creation of this book, the book publishers, the writer of the song Kerry Livgren, and the guys in the band KANSAS, all felt that Autism Speaks would make perfect sense in receiving a portion of the books sales proceeds.
We are honored that AS joins us in commemorating this very special song, in book form.” – Phil Ehart/KANSAS
One of classic rock’s most instantly recognizable and enduring songs, ‘Dust in the Wind,’ will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2012. As part of the celebration for this one-of-a-kind tune (penned by Kerry Livgren and first recorded by the band KANSAS), a 35th anniversary limited edition gift book is being released.
This beautifully designed 6” x 6” hardcover gift book is four-color throughout, 32-pages, and includes song lyrics, personal stories from fans, and a foreword by Kerry Livgren. Kerry Livgren will sign books ordered by October 20, 2011. Books cost $20, plus shipping and handling, and are available for purchase exclusively at www.kansasband.com.
A portion of the proceeds from each book will benefit Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. “Autism Speaks is thrilled to have been selected by KANSAS to receive proceeds from this exciting project about this iconic song,” said Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr. “The 35th Anniversary Dust in the Wind book will bring our message of awareness, treatment, and hope to a musical community of KANSAS fans through out the world.”
With their aforementioned self-titled first album released in 1974, KANSAS went on to become one of the decade’s most popular rock acts – issuing classic rock albums such as 1976’s ‘Leftoverture’ and 1977’s ‘Point of Know Return,’ along with the hit singles “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust In the Wind,” and “Point of Know Return.” The band, which is comprised of singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, guitarist Rich Williams, drummer Phil Ehart, bassist Billy Greer, and violinist David Ragsdale – continues to tour in front of large and enthusiastic audiences and to this day remain a fixture on classic rock radio.
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