Rock Legend Roger McGuinn Set to Speak, Guitarists Larry Coryell and Vic Flick Also in Attendance

Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World Has World Premiere in Orlando on June 11

ORLANDO, FL – June 2, 2011 – The Orlando Science Center hosts legendary guitarist Roger McGuinn on Friday, June 10 for a unique evening celebrating more than 50 years of music history. This special event is a part of the celebration for the world premiere of Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked World. He will be joined by members of the National Guitar Museum, including acclaimed musicians Larry Coryell and Vic Flick, who will honor McGuinn for his unforgettable contributions to the music industry.

The evening event begins with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. McGuinn takes the stage at 8 p.m. providing guests with a rare opportunity to get an insider’s view of some of the most significant moments in rock and folk music. McGuinn, Grammy Winner and Co-Founder of The Byrds, will share how he got his start as a songwriter in the legendary Brill Building, describe the moment he decided to “put a Beatle beat to folk music” and what inspired him to invent the HD-7, a guitar with a second G-string. Following his presentation, he will be receive a lifetime achievement award by Harvey Newquist, executive director of the National Guitar Museum. Newquist will be joined by special guests Larry Coryell and Vic Flick.

Coryell was one of the first electric guitarists to combine rock, jazz, funk, progressive, and even Middle Eastern styles into a whole new form of guitar playing. He began his career in 1966 at age 23 and has played with everyone from Miles Davis to Charlie Mingus and is perhaps best known for leading the band The Eleventh House from 1973 to 1976. Coryell switched exclusively to acoustic playing for a period of time beginning in the late 1970s and was a founder of the guitar trio that featured John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia. Throughout his career, he has toyed with blues and various forms of jazz, amassing more than 70 albums in total.

Flick created and played the one guitar riff that has been heard by more people than any other in history. In 1962, he played guitar on the soundtrack to "Dr. No" -- in the process creating the James Bond theme song. His sinister opening riff has been featured in dozens of Bond movies ever since, and the popularity of the Bond franchise means that hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people all over the world have heard his playing. He was also featured Flick on the soundtrack to The Beatles' "Hard Day's Night" and was asked to help promote the Fender Stratocaster when it was introduced to the UK. During his career, he has been featured on albums with artists as diverse as Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra, Herman's Hermits, and Henry Mancini.

Following this presentation, guests will enjoy an exclusive preview of the new exhibit, Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World. It explores the history and evolution of the guitar, examines the science of sound and shows how the instrument became the cultural symbol it is today. The exhibit takes guests on a journey through history and technology with engaging displays, including historical artifacts, models, interactives, multimedia, and more.

Tickets for the event on June 10 are $50 with proceeds supporting the Orlando Science Center’s mission to “inspire science learning for life.” Seating is limited so contact Janie Black at 407.514.2272 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to purchase tickets to the preview event. Seating will be first-come/first serve and doors to the theater open at 7:15 p.m.

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World premieres to the public on Saturday, June 11. It will be on display until September 11. Following its premiere, the exhibit will be included with general admission to the Orlando Science Center, which is $17 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11). Tickets will also include access to live science shows, exhibits, and giant screen films. For more information, please call 407-514-2000.


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