Leather-clad bassist and subject of (my) teen fantasies Suzi Quatro—who now lives and works as a musician and actor in Great Britain—will present the story of the ladies who worked at the Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, during World War II for a BBC Radio 2 series to air this month. While the factory was supposedly not making guitars in order to focus its efforts on producing military equipment for the war, it turns out that story isn’t entirely true. The “Kalamazoo Gals” managed to squeeze out over 25,000 instruments, including 9,000 guitars. Because war without a soundtrack is just no fun at all.
The show is part of a series of documentaries that explore the impact the guitar has had on popular culture. If you are lucky enough to get BBC Radio 2, Suzi’s episode airs June 23 at 10pm and will be archived online for 10 days.
For more information on the full series, click here. (Oh, Leather . . . how I miss you.)
To get your hands on your own genuine Gibson USA instrument, click here.
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Michael Rice is a writer at Sam Ash Music Corp. A lifelong guitar player, he has also recently taken up drums and piano.