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"Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change" puts iconic drummer's rhythm to art

Rick Allen - Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change

In music, few tales stand as tall as that of Rick Allen, who rebounded from every drummer’s worst nightmare – the loss of an arm – to multi-platinum success with Def Leppard to the tune of 100 million-plus records sold. Now, Allen's journey beyond the conventional limits of music goes one step further into the fine art world with the release of "Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change", a highly limited series of canvases created using cutting-edge technology that turns Allen's every move behind the drumkit into a splash of color, resulting in a series of one-of-a-kind pieces that literally turn sound visual.

The living legend known to his millions of fans worldwide as 'the Thunder God' was 21 years old when a 1984 car accident left him with one arm. His return to drumming three years later with Def Leppard's 20-million selling album Hysteria is a testament to Allen's talent, passion and perseverance. One of music's foremost philanthropists, he and his wife, musician Lauren Monroe, founded the Raven Drum Foundation, its mission to serve, educate and empower veterans and people in crisis.

“The collection reveals something that up until recently I didn't even know existed, presenting sound into light," says Allen of the "Drums" series, one of several innovative projects from Scenefour, the art collective specializing in the conceptual and design of collaborative artwork with musical icons. The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, Bootsy Collins of Parliament/James Brown fame, Chuck D of Public Enemy and TLC are just a handful of Scenefour's collaborators, whose work can be seen in their 2011 book Come Together. "Electric Hand" is the newest addition to the "Art Of Drums" series, which also boasts collections from Guns N Roses drummer Matt Sorum and Jane's Addiction stickman Stephen Perkins. "Hand" is available exclusively at RickAllenArt.com.

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