Saturday, April 29, 2006

Pink guitars


pink guitars

Seeing these fabulous pink guitars made me wonder whether the electric guitar has lost its symbolic potency. Once an icon of Americana, it was adopted by the rock 'n' roll rebels of the '60s and early '70s. But, of course, it wasn't just an iconic object, it was the amplified sound that was the attraction or threat, depending on which side of the fence you were on. Since the energy was re-charged by early punk, it seems as if the electric guitar has become slowly domesticated - even gentrified....and so then there's the pink guitars. Pink with all that that means to different people! In this display there's all the shades from flesh pink to baby pink and even a sort of paisley pink! I sense all the nuances of socially-constructed meanings in the pink guitars - and suppose that, based on your identity position, you will read the pink guitars in quite different ways.