|Amazon.com to Thank Customers with 10th Anniversary Event Featuring Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, and Bill Maher|
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 16, 2005--
Performances by Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, as Well as Readings from
Best-Selling Authors and Never-before Seen Footage from Top Films, to
Be Streamed Live from the Amazon.com Gateway on July 16th
Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced that on July 16th customers will receive a special thank-you from Amazon.com. The Amazon.com 10th Anniversary Event Presented by Chase will be streamed live from the Amazon.com gateway with performances by Bob Dylan and Norah Jones, as well as all-time customer-favorite authors and filmmakers. Humorist Bill Maher will host the event that will include musical performances, author readings and other presentations, including never-seen-before, behind-the-scenes footage from the best-selling "Lord of the Rings," DVD series.
July 16th marks 10 years since Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos opened the virtual doors of Amazon.com from his Seattle-area garage. Since 1995, the Web site has expanded its product offerings to include everything from music and video to tennis rackets, live Maine lobsters and loose diamonds, and operates sites for customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and China.
The Amazon.com 10th Anniversary Event will take place in Seattle at 5 p.m. PDT on July 16th and begin streaming live on the Amazon.com gateway to be enjoyed by Amazon.com customers across the country. The event's host, Maher, is one of the most astute humorists in America today, who currently hosts "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO and recently completed his upcoming book "New Rules: Polite Musings of a Timid Observer." Musicians, authors, and filmmakers were selected for the event based on their popularity with Amazon.com customers who have voted with their purchases during the past 10 years.
Dylan's performance will culminate the event. He has written over 500 songs and released over 43 albums, which combined have sold over 90 million records around the world. Just last year, Dylan released a critically acclaimed memoir entitled "Chronicles, Vol. 1," in which he thoughtfully reflects on the events and influences that shaped his life's work. Another all-time Amazon.com customer favorite, Jones' heartfelt debut album "Come Away with Me" has sold millions of copies and won several Grammy awards. Her 2004 follow-up disc "Feels Like Home" earned two more Grammy Awards, while her collaboration with Ray Charles on the song "Here We Go Again" won Record of the Year. Jones' performance at the Amazon.com 10th Anniversary Event will be her first and only show in 2005.
Additional performances and presentations will be added to the event schedule, which can be found at www.amazon.com/showofthanks.
Chase (NYSE:JPM) is the official sponsor of Amazon.com 10th Anniversary Event, and is featured on the media player from which the performances will be streamed live from the Amazon.com gateway.
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