Media Release: HMV issues limited edition charity calendar of ‘my inspiration’ icons

CHILDREN’S cancer charity, CLIC Sargent, to benefit from sales of 2009/2010 HMV calendar, featuring the inspiration selections of Dylan, Bowie, McCartney, Elvis, Springsteen, The Killers, Bono, Deborah Harry, Siouxsie, Tom Waits, Keith Richards and other icons.

Music and entertainment specialist, HMV, is to mark the third anniversary of its acclaimed ‘my inspiration’ campaign by featuring memorable highlights in a charity calendar for 2009/2010.

These include the ‘my inspiration’ selections of Bob Dylan – who selected Scottish poet, Robert Burns; Bono and Paul McCartney, who, in turn, cite Bob Dylan as theirs; Paul Weller, who was first inspired by the songwriting of Lennon and McCartney; Bruce Springsteen, who was influenced by Blues performer Woodie Guthrie; and Deborah Harry, who found inspiration in the songs of Leonard Cohen.

There are also our inspirations for Elvis and Bob Marley selected by HMV staff and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell respectively (See ‘Notes to Editors’ below for full details of participating artists and their inspirations).

‘my inspiration’ invites iconic and exciting new artists to share with their fans the song lyric or lines of verse that have inspired them in their life and in their work. The campaign began in September 2006, when David Bowie selected Syd Barrett’s Gigolo Aunt as his personal inspiration. Since that time well over 150 artists have taken part, ranging from Timbaland to the first lady of France, Carla Bruni, as well as new artists such as Lady Gaga and La Roux.

The proceeds of the limited edition calendar, which has been generously produced for HMV at cost by the UK’s leading calendar manufacturer Danilo, will go to HMV’s nominated charity CLIC Sargent, which cares for children and young adults with cancer.

The calendar comes with two different but equally attractive covers: a standard version highlighting all the featured artists, and a special limited edition run featuring Bob Dylan. Both versions are priced £7.99 and will go on sale in early September in over 270 HMV stores and can also be ordered online at Sister company Waterstone’s is also a stockist.

A key part of the calendar are the iconic black & white portraits of the participating artists taken by photographers who are themselves celebrated, such as Anton Corbijn, Fiona Freund, Dean Chalkley, Lawrence Watson, Adrian Boot and Frank Ockenfels 3 – making it a must not just for music fans and collectors, but for anyone with an appreciation of rock photography.

The A3-sized calendar comes with a foreword from Q editor-in-chief Paul Rees, and offers the added bonus of a full eighteen months worth of artist inspiration selections, starting from August 2009 with The Edge’s selection, covering all of 2010 and then ending in January 2011 with Metallica’s choice of their inspiration.


Gennaro Castaldo

HMV Press & PR

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Jenny Halsall


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Zoe Grumbridge

CLIC Sargent

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Notes to Editors

my inspiration icons – listing in full:

Month featured artist Selected performer /writer & work


Aug The Edge Leonard Cohen / Anthem

Sep Amy Winehouse Donny Hathaway / I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know

Oct The Killers Bruce Springsteen / Born To Run

Nov Keith Richards Buddy Guy / I Can’t Quit The Blues

Dec Bobbie Gillespie The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl / Fairytale of New York


Jan Bob Dylan Robert Burns / A Red, Red Rose

Feb Bono Bob Dylan / Visions of Johanna

Mar Elvis Elvis / Suspicious Minds (selected by HMV staff)

Apr Noel Gallagher The Stones Roses / She Bangs The Drum

May Siouxsie The Doors / When The Music’s Over

Jun Paul McCartney Bob Dylan / She Belongs To Me

Jul Paul Weller Lennon & McCartney / Strawberry Fields Forever

Aug Bob Marley Bob Marley / One Love (selected by Chris Blackwell)

Sep Bruce Springsteen Woody Guthrie / This Land is Your Land

Oct Deborah Harry Leonard Cohen / Waiting For The Miracle

Nov Tom Waits Dylan Thomas / A Visit To Grandpa’s

Dec David Bowie Syd Barrett / Gigolo Aunt


Jan Metallica Motorhead / Overkill

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