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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-29-2020, 04:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged 1959 Martin D-18E Auction

RØDE Founder Peter Freedman Secures Kurt Cobain's 'MTV Unplugged' Guitar at Auction, To Be Exhibited Worldwide With All Proceeds Going To Performing Arts

"About a Girl" was the first song I learned on the guitar and Nirvana's MTV Unplugged album was the reference album my teacher told me to use. Good old Father Time...

Mr. Freedman's purpose and plan for the guitar is as follows:

Mr. Freedman plans to display the guitar in a worldwide tour of exhibitions to be held in distinguished galleries and art spaces, with all proceeds (including the guitar) going to the performing arts.
“When I heard that this iconic guitar was up for auction,” Mr. Freedman says, “I immediately knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure it and use it as a vehicle to spotlight the struggles that those in the performing arts are facing and have always faced.”He continues: “The global arts industry has been shattered by the impact of COVID-19, with musicians and artists being amongst the most affected. The last few months were the straw that broke the camel’s back, and for many in the arts have brought forth the harsh reality that they work in an industry for which there is little support in times of need.”


He is the first person I have heard address the fact the performing arts are not in a great spot. He did not need to do it, in fact, it cost him over $6 million to do so, but he did, and I really appreciate it. I realize he is Australian so most of what he said does not apply to musicians outside of Australia if he does not want it to, it is really up to him. The countries within the E.U. fund the performing arts, some more aggressively than others. The U.S. has generous patrons which are actually more effective than government support, but music in America is the "Wild West." The economic term is an "oligopoly" which is not a good economic system in most cases. When you introduce Mr. COVID into the mix, somehow you get to where we are today which I do not think anyone was expecting.

"Money talks" so I'm glad someone said something. COVID-19 assistance funds for musicians are/were available but there are too many different "funds" and individually they are not able to provide enough assistance. It is not that musicians are suffering more than anyone else, it is more like we are suffering because we work in the "Wild West" where it is difficult to create functional organizations that easily cooperate with other functional organizations. One that can change might be a $6 million Martin acoustic guitar somehow raising money. Who knows?

The guitar also happens to be the highest price paid at auction for a guitar which is interesting.
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The guitar also happens to be the highest price paid at auction for a guitar which is interesting.
Considering it's 3 times what the Black Strat sold for, that's an understatement. I think it's more a statement on Nirvana and Kurt. I always thought he was a terrible guitar player but the man wrote music even I wanted to listen to. I don't even know if Page's Burst brings that much, whenever it comes up.

And Zappa only wanted a mil for Hendrix's burnt Strat.
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I’ve become rather numb to numbers lately. $6 million is a tremendous amount of money to most people, especially for a guitar or a house, depending on the location.
The guitar does have a very specific history that is well documented which must help. I think you are right about it being more about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana and it being the guitar he played on the only decent sounding MTV Unplugged album ever released, which in itself is pretty famous.
I don’t know how often famous guitars played by famous guitarists are made available or how much people are willing to pay for them.
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Clapton's Blackie held the record for awhile, then a custom for Garcia for several years, then Gilmour's Strat, now Kobain. Records, are made to be.......played
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