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‘Dust in the Wind’ Endures, Approaches 35th Anniversary, Commemorative Gift Book to be Released

September 2011

One of classic rock's most instantly recognizable and enduring songs, ‘Dust in the Wind,’ will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2012. As part of the celebration for this one-of-a-kind tune (penned by Kerry Livgren and first recorded by the band KANSAS), a 35th anniversary limited edition gift book is being released.

This beautifully designed 6” x 6” hardcover gift book is four-color throughout, 32-pages, and includes song lyrics, personal stories from fans, and a foreword by Kerry Livgren. Kerry Livgren will sign books ordered by October 20, 2011. Books cost $20, plus shipping and handling, and are available for purchase exclusively at www.kansasband.com.

A portion of the proceeds from each book will benefit Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. "Autism Speaks is thrilled to have been selected by KANSAS to receive proceeds from this exciting project about this iconic song," said Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr. "The 35th Anniversary Dust in the Wind book will bring our message of awareness, treatment, and hope to a musical community of KANSAS fans through out the world."

With their aforementioned self-titled first album released in 1974, KANSAS went on to become one of the decade’s most popular rock acts – issuing classic rock albums such as 1976’s ‘Leftoverture’ and 1977’s ‘Point of Know Return,’ along with the hit singles “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust In the Wind,” and “Point of Know Return.” The band, which is comprised of singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, guitarist Rich Williams, drummer Phil Ehart, bassist Billy Greer, and violinist David Ragsdale – continues to tour in front of large and enthusiastic audiences and to this day remain a fixture on classic rock radio.

Sometimes the classics still rock the hardest. For 35 years and going strong, the timeless songs from the band Kansas are still some of the best around. This summer Kansas is the special guest on the United We Rock Tour that also features the bands Foreigner and Styx.

The band's line-up consists of lead singer and keyboardist Steve Walsh, guitarist Rich Williams, violinist David Ragsdale, bassist Billy Greer, and drummer Phil Ehart. As the band took stage the crowd was ready to sing along to their opening song - Carry On WaywardSon. The band also did favorites like Fight Fire withFire, Portrait (He Knew), Point of Know Return, and the breathtaking Dust in the Wind. Walsh (wearing a black Kansas hat) was in top form as he sang these treasured songs. The band is also supporting a recently released DVD called - There's Know Place Like Home where former members Kerry Livgren and Steve Morse along with the Washburn University Orchestra perform nineteen of the group's biggest hits.

Kansas is still holding on and performing to thousands of fans world-wide. Check them out soon to experience their live show and .... Carry On!

For tour information and more visit: www.kansasband.com

Review by Anita Maree Lande ©2010.

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