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Def Leppard Drummer, Wife Inspire and Help Veterans and Others in Crisis

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Friday, 07 August 2009 11:44

By: Susan E. Sagarra

A few years ago, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and his wife Lauren Monroe decided to use their own experiences with healing and major life transformation to help and inspire others. Today, their Raven Drum Foundation is helping other people in crisis one person at a time.


Allen and Monroe founded the Raven Drum Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Malibu, Calif., in 2001 to provide free educational programs and to inspire personal growth during times of adversity.

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Pre-Show Interview: Def Leppard

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Pre-Show Interview: Def Leppard
by Michael Gallucci on Mon, Jun 22, 2009

When Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen had his arm amputated after a 1984 car accident, plenty of people told him he’d never drum again. He still bristles as he recalls one particular doctor who wasn’t very encouraging about the prospect of continuing to play with one of the world’s most popular arena rock acts. “It was horrible, he says. "Initially, my mind tricked me into thinking there was nothing wrong, and then it broke me in gently. It was like, ‘NASA, we have a problem.’

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Healing Thru Drum Therapy ( Ability Magazine article )

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June/July 2009

The drum. Whether being used in ceremony or sacred ritual, in warfare or military exercise, or for communication or celebration, the drum has influenced nearly every culture in the world. The instrument's 8,000 year heritage also includes drum circles which transport participants to meditative states that harken to our ancient tribal roots and facilitate bonding and sharing in true community. Tapping into the rhythm of the drum as a form of release and healing are Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe, founders of the Raven Drum Foundation.

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