Union Jack Guitar & British Rock Stars
Rock ‘n roll has played a significant role in American society and pop culture. Its roots come from blues playing musicians such as Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy, who gave the music soul and rhythm. It has also been influenced by people that were born across the pond in Britain.
Def Leppard, Oasis, The Who and The Beatles have members who originated in England. British rock stars and music from these musicians are some of the most popular in the history of rock. Recognising where music comes from is an important part of the past and should be remembered. Many of these British musicians honour their heritage by using symbols of Britain such as the Union flag. Wearing clothing that has the union flag on it or using the colours and shapes from the flag on a guitar strap or guitar has become quite a fashion statement for some British rockers.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend is notorious for using the union flag in parts of his wardrobe and playing a Union Jack guitar. There are many pictures of him in the early days wearing a jacket that contained the familiar red, white and blue lines of the British flag, and anyone who has ever watched him play has probably seen his famous windmill strumming of his Union Jack guitar.
Def Leppard’s lead singer Joe Elliott would also pay tribute to his place of birth. He was seen wearing a shirt with the Union Jack emblazoned on the front and back in the video for Def Leppard’s hit song “Photograph.”
Noel Gallagher from Oasis and the famous British rocker Paul McCartney from the Beatles also use the British flag as a fashion statement when they play. Recently, Paul McCartney has been strumming a Union Jack guitar during his shows and gigs. At the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, he strapped on a Union Jack themed guitar and had the inside lining of his jacket covered with the Union Jack symbol.
Now, even amateur rockers can get in on the act and use this British theme in their own guitar-playing act. A Guitar Hero faceplate Union Jack skin is available for the guitar on the popular gaming setup. Game playing rockers can jam out to their favourite tunes and share the British fashion statement at the same time.
Fashion will always play a part in rock ‘n roll, and using a country’s national heritage is a great way to portray it.