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The Met’s ode to guitar gods
“In these days of GarageBand and samplers, it’s easy to forget that nearly all pop music was once banged out on instruments made of wood or metal,” said David Browne in Rolling Stone. Anyone who cares about rock history will gasp repeatedly while walking through “Play It Loud,” a new exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art where more than 130 instruments are presented as holy relics. Visitors can get up close to guitars played by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, and Prince, to name a few. “Encountering those instruments can be a humbling experience,” especially when you notice the wear and tear they’ve been through. It’s not all guitars, said Cory Oldweiler in AM New York. Other instruments share the space, including Keith Moon’s drum kit, a purple acrylic piano played by Lady Gaga, and a full-stage Beatles setup.