United Breaks Guitars

Dave Carroll

In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a
one-week tour and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United
Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I discovered later that the $3500
guitar was severely damaged. They didn’t deny the experience occurred
but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the
responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than
themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for
my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say “no” to
compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs
about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be
viewed online by anyone in the world. United: Song 1 is the first of
those songs. United: Song 2 has been written and video production is
underway. United: Song 3 is coming. I promise.


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