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What makes this video great and what can you learn from it?
- iconic Rock history moment
- some "priceless" audience looks
What can you learn from the article?
- how Jimi justified his action
- add your opinion about smashing instruments
Takeaway: Lots of (mostly famous - hey, it costs money to destroy instruments) musicians have smashed instruments as part of their show. But no one did it better than Jimi Hendrix in this truly iconic moment of Rock history.
Estimated reading time: 1 minute 17 seconds
In general I hate it when guitarists smash their instrument. There’s enough amateur guitarists out there who don’t have enough money to afford decent gear and equipment – and here’s those “stars” destroying perfectly fine instruments just for show. To me it’s simply not cool and I’m also missing the respect towards the instrument.
But there’s one exception.
Jimi Hendrix Burning His Guitar At Monterey
Jimi lighting up his guitar at the end of his Monterey performance in 1967 is an iconic moment that’s burned (pun intended) into the collective cultural consciousness.
Whether Hendrix really wanted to make a political statement as a protest against the Vietnam War or he just wanted to top the The Who's performance (also chronic instrument smashers themselves) – I don’t know. Maybe it was a mixture of both. And apparently it worked. His performance at Monterey cracked the US market wide open for Jimi Hendrix. Even though some audience visitors might have been slightly disturbed by the looks of 1:56 and 2:01. 🙂
But I guess back in the 60’s instrument destruction still was a novelty and you could definitely surprise, disturb and grab people’s attention.
Today? Not anymore… so anyone else, please stop the senseless destruction of your guitars. You won’t be able to top Jimi Hendrix, so what’s the point?
What's Your Take?
Do you find instrument smashing cool or does it suck? What’s your opinion – but let’s keep it civil, ok?