MUSIC EXTRA: A HISTORY OF MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY - 3. THE ELECTRIC GUITAR (96kbs-m4a/35mb/50mins)
BBC World Service broadcast: 11th May 2019
The electric guitar is the instrument which defined 20th Century pop culture.
In this programme, 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.
In turn, the programme 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.
Brad Tolinski - Co-author of Play it Loud: A History of the Electric Guitar
Richard Hawley - Musician
Paul Reed Smith - Founder of PRS Guitars
David Hepworth, music historian
Jim Peterik - Guitarist and founder of the band Survivor
Robert Christgau - Essayist and music journalist
Anna Calvi - Singer-songwriter and guitarist
Steve Vai - Guitarist
Phil Wells - Marshall Amps
Lee Harris - Guitarist for Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets
Joey Santiago - Lead guitarist for the Pixies
Producer: Craig Smith
(Photo: A man plays an electric guitar Credit: Getty Images)