Monday, September 19, 2005

Fine art from chewed bubblegum? That's the grand raffle prize at the Bubblegum Awards

For immediate release ­
September 19, 2005

Los Angeles- Two lucky guests at the Bubblegum Achievement Awards this October 7 will be going home with a most unusual keepsake: a work of art crafted not in oils or acrylics, but in multi-colored, pre-chewed, icky, sticky bubblegum!

The Gummy Awards celebrate the silly, double entendre-laden music made by studio bands in the late sixties and marketed to pre-adolescents. Presented by the editors of the book "Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth," this year's ceremony honors Archies singer Ron Dante ("Sugar Sugar"), Joey Levine of the Ohio Express ("Yummy Yummy Yummy"), Steve Barri (Lancelot Link & the Evolution Revolution) and beloved novelty DJ Dr. Demento. There will be free Bazooka bubblegum for all guests, the west coast premier of a new bubblegum music documentary, live performances from Canned Hamm, The Bubblegum Queen, Abram the Safety Ape and Ron Dante, and an exclusive marionette spectacular by legendary puppeteer Bob Baker.

Every guest will receive one raffle ticket, with the option to purchase additional ones. The prizes, provided by the event's many sponsors, range from books ("Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth," "Vanilla Pop," "TV A-Go-Go," "Lost in the Grooves," "The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story," and volumes from the 33 1/3 series), retro-look t-shirts from Y-Que and Art of Bleeding, collectable Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages cards, Twink box sets, Bazooka bubblegum and free artist memberships at

The twin grand prizes are a fine art print of Britney Spears in bubblegum on plywood by Jason Kronenwald from the Gum Blondes series, and an original, small scale bubblegum portrait of Lancelot Link Secret Chimp by Bubblegum Society artist Ben Harben. Both artists riff on the ironic connections between disposable celebrities and cheap and trashy chewing gum, while producing compelling, provocative and very beautiful art.

Bubblegum artists Jason Kronenwald and Ben Harben are available for interviews, as are the honorees, performers and event organizers.

For more info on the Bubblegum Awards, visit

For photo or interview requests, contact Kim Cooper,, 323-223-2767

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