Electrified: The Guitar Revolution

Electrified: The Guitar Revolution


Telling the story of how the electric guitar evolved from semi-acoustic models to the squawling, dirty sound of today’s axes, this eschews interviews with guitar heroes for historians from the Smithsonian and the author of several books on guitars and amplifiers.

It also rocks heavy on hyperbole: the electric guitar played a part in the collapse of the Soviet Union. But it’s worth watching for the performance of Camptown Races.


Documentary recounting the invention and impact of the electric guitar. Professional musicians, historians and amateur players reflect on how the instrument transformed popular music in the 20th century - from the birth of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s to the impeccable technique of Jimi Hendrix.