Chris Cornell Guitar Strap Re-Purposed to Benefit Addiction Recovery Efforts
A guitar strap donated by musician Chris Cornell prior to his death has been integrated into a wristwatch that will be auctioned to benefit individuals recovering from addiction. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Cornell is one of several prominent musicians who donated personal items to Nixon, the company that launched the “Rock LTD Collection” of one-of-a-kind watches back in 2005. The Rock LTD Collection consists of watches crafted from musicians’ personal items – which range from guitar straps to jackets to belts and other articles of clothing.
Other artists who have donated items to the collection include Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop, Elton John, and Krist Novoselic. A portion of proceeds from sales of the watches goes to the MusiCares MAP Fund, the branch of the MusiCares charitable organization devoted to addiction recovery treatment. Founded by the Recording Academy, MusiCares provides financial services and health assistance to members of the music community in times of emergency or crisis.
The Rock LTD Collection, which has been offered seven times since its 2005 launch, typically includes 25 to 30 watches sold at prices ranging from $1,200 to $1,800. However, the watch fashioned with Cornell’s guitar strap will instead be showcased at Nixon’s flagship locations in New York, London, and Paris, before being auctioned at a MusiCares MAP Fund benefit event in May 2018. Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, consulted with Nixon and MusiCares on the project.
“Addiction is a disease, and we lose far too many loved ones to the illness each day,” she said. “MusiCares is a crucial organization and the MusiCares MAP Fund 100 percent supports the music community in its fight to protect those battling this affliction.” Additional information is available at the MusiCares website.