From March 9 to August 4, 2013, when you visit the Eiteljorg you just might leave smelling a bit like “teen spirit.” If you’re not quite sure what that means, don’t worry, you’ll find the answer in Guitars! Roundups to Rockers. In addition to the instruments you might expect to see, you will find many surprises, including a section of guitars highlighting the work of punks, metal heads, and indie-rockers over the last 40 years.
Included in the mix is the Aria bass played by early Metallica bassist Cliff Burton. Burton was known for using the electric bass as a soloing instrument. He was also an ardent fan and promoter of many punk rock bands, a truth that flies in the face of the perceived hostility between the two scenes in the 80s.
You’ll also discover guitars played by punk pioneers Greg Ginn of Black Flag and Greg Hetson of Bad Religion. Both were active in building and promoting the Los Angeles punk scene, and the development of hard-core punk music.
Then there’s that early-90s music craze, known simply as “grunge,” that came screaming out of Seattle and swept the country. This new rock was the result of kids steeped in both the chaos of punk and the heaviness of metal. And what better guitar to represent this period of musical innovation in the West than the black Fender Stratocaster once owned by Kurt Cobain? Cobain and his band Nirvana were only one of many bands to pioneer the grunge sound, but when their single Smells Like Teen Spirit hit radio waves in 1991, the floodgates were open and the Seattle scene was on every kid’s mind.
Whether this is your first foray into the worlds of punk, metal, and grunge, or you’re a flannel-clad fan of the genre, Guitars! Roundups to Rockers has something for everyone. And who knows? You might just walk away with a new guitar hero.
Katie Lineweaver Robinson
Corporate Contributions Manager
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art