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The Guitar Revolution

This article appeared in the December 17, 2010 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

By Becky Remy
Special to the Enterprise

No musical instrument has broken more barriers, transformed more lives, or done more to redefine entertainment than the electric guitar. 

Smithsonian Channel and Smithsonian Magazine present a special screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, Electrified: The Guitar Revolution, at Explorit Science Center on Thu. Dec. 23 and Fri. Dec. 24 at 11:30am and again at 3:30pm. 

Without the guitar, there would be no Hendrix, Clapton, The Beatles, or rock n’ roll for that matter. This 60-minute, high-wattage history lesson salutes the inventors, pioneers and gods of the electric guitar.

The electric guitar was crafted to be played among the brass instruments of the big band era, but it soon took on a sound and life of its own. How did this assemblage of wood, wire and metal go on to ignite a new era of music, transform background musicians into guitar heroes and become a symbol of freedom and rebellion?

From the early days of the Model U and the Frying Pan to the guitar wars of Fender and Gibson, visit Explorit Science Center to experience the electric guitar’s evolution through vintage footage, interviews with rock historians and rousing live performances.

Virtuosos like G.E. Smith of the Saturday Night Live Band go through the decades of sound innovations of the electric guitar in this special screening of Electrified: The Guitar Revolution by Smithsonian Channel and Smithsonian Magazine.

Smithsonian Networks (SNI/SI Networks L.L.C.) is a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, formed to create channels featuring programs largely inspired by the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex.

Smithsonian Channel features award-winning original documentaries, series, and groundbreaking programs highlighting America’s historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Smithsonian Channel brings the American experience home in high definition and Dolby Digital 5.1 and is available to customers of DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Cablevision, Verizon, AT&T, and more.  Learn more at

Electrified: The Guitar Revolution is screening at Explorit Science Center’s 2nd Street location on Thu. Dec. 23 and Fri. Dec. 24 at 11:30am and 3:30pm. Free screening with paid admission. Seating is limited to 25 per screening.  For more information, contact 530/756-0191 or visit

Explorit’s coming events:

  • Dec. 18 – Jan. 2: Both floors of the museum will be open for special hours during winter break (except for the holidays on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1).  Click here for our holiday hours.


  • Through Dec. 31: Explorit has some new items for shoppers this holiday season. You do not need to be a member to shop at The Store, and if you only need to do some shopping, you need not pay admission. Store hours are the same as museum hours (below).  Click here to see the new store items.

Explorit Science Center, at 2801 Second St., has two exhibitions on display: “Move It! Science in Action” and “Wheels to Wings.”  Admission is $4 general, free for teachers, and ages 3 and under.  The museum is open to school groups by reservation and to the general public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit

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