Who first broke the guitar?
When rock music was in its infancy, its performers were already rampaging on stage. And it was expressed not only in eccentric performance, but also in the tradition of breaking guitars. Joyful fans were brutating against such vandalism of their favorite artists.
Everyone saw this? It turns out that this phenomenon has an ancestor, or at least the one who did it the first time.
Let me tell you how it happened and why.
British rock guitarist Pete Townsend smashes his instrument
The story of the broken guitar in music begins with Pete Townsend (Pete Townshend), the world famous guitarist of the British rock band The Who.
The first time this happened was when the band performed on a stage with a low ceiling. Townsend accidentally hooked and broke the neck of his Rickenbacker. He decided to go to the end and immediately broke the guitar about the scenery. Judging by the reaction, the crowd liked it, and on the next performance of The Who, the fans demanded that the guitarist and drummer Keith Moon smash their instruments.
Pete Townsend from The Who smashes his guitar
In the end, this musical vandalism for the fun of the crowd entered into the program of performances of the group,and Pete Townsend beat the instruments on almost every show. According to TheWho.net, in 1967 alone, he broke more than 35 guitars.
Innovation Townsend began to repeat the other performers of rock and rock and roll. Some even had their own approach to the process of breaking guitars. And the wreckage of the instrument was even collected and sometimes repaired.
Pete Townsend smashes Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in Madison Square Garden, 1974.
Acoustic guitar Gibson J-200, broken by Pete Townsend in 1993.
Some of the musicians, like Kurt Cobain, made a whole spectacle out of it. It is known that cheap guitars that fell into the hands of the frontman of Nirvana did not live for a long time.
Krist Anthony Novoselic
Perhaps Cobain’s best-known broken guitar was the Fender Stratocaster, made in Japan. The musician broke it during the studio recording of "Endless, Nameless".
The first guitar that Kurt Cobain smashed on stage. EMP Museum in Seattle.
The guitar was restored, but Cobain smashed it again during the live performance of “Endless, Nameless” in Chicago. This guitar is currently on display at the EMP Museum in Seattle. Fragments of this and other broken musical instruments become part of the history of rock music and occupy pride of place in museums and private collections.
Fragments of an electric guitar Fender Stratocaster, which the singer Kurt Cobain smashed into pieces in 1992.
But the guitars, apart from musicians, were destroyed even by actors. And, before you take the tool in your hands, you should know its value.
During the filming of The Abominable Eight by Quentin Tarantino, actor Kurt Russell smashed the unique Martin guitar of the 1870s. He suggested that it was an inexpensive props, and, before anyone had time to intervene, destroyed the antique item. Jennifer Jason Lee, who played on her a second before and who knew she knew her value, was terrified.
Actor Kurt Russell and the rarity guitar Martin of the 1870s.
When this became known in the company of Martin, who borrowed a guitar for the film, they forbade any other film to give out their instruments. And this is not about money (the guitar was insured), but about preserving musical history and heritage.