A History of Music and Technology: The Electric Guitar

The Documentary Podcast

By BBC World Service

A History of Music and Technology: The Electric Guitar

Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason tells the story of the electric guitar, revealing how a frying pan, a railroad track and the paradise island of Hawaii all played a role in its evolution. He charts how the desire to get louder fundamentally altered the instrument’s sound - and while it has a reputation for turning men into semi-mythical figures, the programme reveals how women are now playing the lead when it comes to the electric guitar today. The series is produced in association with the Open University.
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