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See Jimi Hendrix’s Flambéd Guitar, Elvis’s Beat-Up Acoustic, and Other Iconic Instruments in the Met’s New Music Exhibition

April 3, 2019

Jimi Hendrix with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, members of The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Photo by K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns.



Walk past the pristine marble busts that line the Classical art halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art this month and you’ll end up in front of a different set of icons: electronic guitars. 


This was the image that sold Jimmy Page, the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist, on the Met’s latest exhibition, “Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll,” which opens to the public on April 8. Jayson Kerr Dobney, the show’s curator, first approached Page several years ago with the suggestion that he contribute to the exhibition. At the time, the musician was skeptical.


“Then they laid out the plan of the exhibit and explained to me that you’ll walk through Greek and Roman statues in the galleries and then you’ll see Chuck