January – Guitar Player magazine has Ron Wood on the front cover with his Zemaitis Disc Front.
November – The George Harrison film LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD is released. George was a collector of Zemaitis guitars (and also gave them as gifts to friends). A few of his Zemaitis guitars appear in the film.
October – THE FACES 1960-1975 book alunch in Guildford, Surrey. The walls are lined with photos of The Faces, mostly playing Zemaitis instruments.
August – THE FACES 1969 -1975 book is published in September. It is being issued as a limited edition, signed by Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian McClagan. The book contains many unpublished photographs of the band with their Zemaitis instruments.
July – As a tribute to Tony Zemaitis, I donated some shavings from the 1960 Zemaitis 12 string played by JIMI HENDRIX in 1967 to THE BOAT PROJECT. I don’t own the guitar, but the Luthier who worked on it gave me some of the shavings (I also gave some to the Zemaitis museum in Japan). They are building a boat out of donated wood (most donations were larger than shavings though). You can read about it at www.theboatproject.com. I told them, all about Tony, there will be a book published to celebrate the launch in 2012. It is all part of the London 2012 Olympiad celebrations. I am sure Tony would have been amused by it.
May – Zemaitis instruments (and Tony Zemaitis) are featured in Andy Neil’s book on The Faces (ISBN 978-1-84938-073-7). Called HAD ME A REAL GOOD TIME, it’s a really good read (one of the best group biogs that I have read). Details www.andyneill.co.uk
May – The Zemaitis Guitar Owners Club is now on TWITTER. Follows us there @zemaitisclub
April – The June edition of VINTAGE GUITAR is out now with a feature on Zak Wylde. There are photographs of some of Zak’s guitars, including a Zemaitis metal front with Black Label Society engraving.
March – You can now pay your subscriptions online using PayPal – see the Zemaitis Club page.
March – The Eric Clapton sale at Bonhams in aid of The Crossroads Centre features two Zemaitis guitars: A 2005 Zemaitis Custom acoustic and a 2005 electric Zemaitis S22BP 35 from Eric’s collection. The 2005 Custom acoustic raised $61,000 and the 2005 electric raised $75,640. A great boost for Eric’s charity!
February – Donovan appeared on BBC Breakfast news. Well worth having a look, if you have BBC I player. The interview is very good and the BBC show clips of Donovan with his Zemaitis Moon hole acoustic. Donovan has been given a lifetime achievement award by Radio 2.