The Score So Far: Musician-1 , United Airlines-0

Dy’er Sez: I posted a video by Sons of Maxwell member Dave Carroll a little ways back. Long story short: his Taylor guitar was broken during a flight on United Airlines, and United refused to reimburse him for the damage after almost a year of giving him the run around. He vowed to write three songs with a video for each as a response. And, apparently, he is having an effect.

Kudos, Mr. Carroll! I’m looking forward to songs 2 and 3.

Story from the Daily Mail:

The sweet music of revenge: Singer pens YouTube hit after United Airlines breaks his guitar… and shares plunge 10%

By Eddie Wrenn

When airlines damage or lose their passenger’s luggage, they normally – perhaps grudgingly – end up paying back compensation of a few hundred pounds.

But United Airlines are much more out of pocket in this case.

The company has lost 10per cent of their share value – a massive $180million – after being blamed for damaging a musician’s guitar.

Canadian singer Dave Carroll composed United Breaks Guitars after his Taylor acoustic was damaged at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. 

His song has become a YouTube hit with nearly four million views in 10 days.

In the music video, Carroll relates his story, of how in spring 2008 he was travelling to Nebraska when other passengers exclaimed: ‘They’re [the baggage handlers] are throwing guitars down there!’

Sure enough, his Taylor guitar had been smashed.

He went through a year of trying to gain compensation from the airline before being flatly told by an employee only known as Ms Irlweg: ‘No’.

So he took revenge – and, to his astonishment, soared to fame


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