Aug. 8, 2022

Is It OK To Smash Guitars? w/ Kai West

Is It OK To Smash Guitars? w/ Kai West

What do Wendy O. Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Pete Townshend, Mike McCready, and Blake Wyland have in common?

We have all SMASHED GUITARS as part of a public performance.

This polarizing practice is so deeply integrated into music culture, and yet it is so frowned upon by a large swath of the music community. Is it ok? Is it terrible? Is it wasteful? Is it excessive?

I had Kai West on to dissect this issue a little bit further. Kai is a Musicologist and PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. He has extensively researched and studied electric guitar culture which of course includes the history of guitar smashing.

This is a very interesting conversation about a fairly divisive topic. I hope you enjoy the show!

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