On February 25, 1968, Cynthia Plaster Caster cast the manhood of JIMI HENDRIX at the Chicago Hilton and the rest is history. "He was certainly a tough act to follow," says Cynthia who made a lasting first impression and gave a whole new meaning to band "member."The Plaster Casters of Chicago went on to become a part of 60's pop culture with Cynthia personally "inducting" such artists as Noel Redding of the JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, MC5's Wayne Kramer and Jello Biafra of THE DEAD KENNEDYS. In the 70's, Cynthia and her cohorts were further immortalized by the KISS song, "Plaster Caster". Despite penning the tune, Gene Simmons was never cast. Almost 35 years after the Hendrix casting, Cynthia — along with partner Jason Pickleman — has founded the Cynthia Plaster Caster Foundation and is now offering her art through her website at www.cynthiapcaster.org. Proceeds from the sale of her cast replicas and drawings will benefit musicians and artists in need. According to Cynthia, "Artists gave to me and I thought this would be a great way to give back to them. We're looking at covering anything from food on tour and studio time to instruments and the occasional hotel room necessary for idol worshipers. Whatever it takes for them to get their music to the public and perform their best." Keith Richards once said, "Rock and roll isn't from the neck up, it's from the waist down." The Plaster Casters certainly believed in that theory by immortalizing Hendrix and the others. Sales of the casts and drawings officially began in early September. Casts begin at $750 and drawings begin at $300. Donations above the asking price are encouraged to further assist the foundation's efforts. Eric Burdon might have said it best: "It was such a, dare I say, ballsy rock and roll thing to do."
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