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Viral Music: The Good, Bad, and Bizarre

One of the great things about the Internet is that it provides us with a forum to share not only high quality content, but content that is so bad it's amazing. Very often, it's the terrible videos that we just can't get enough of. Here we have the Internet's most renowned artists - but remember, that doesn't necessarily mean talented...

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Ezra Soiferman

eGuider: Ezra Soiferman
Award-winning Canuck documentary filmmaker, street photographer and blogger.

United Breaks Guitars

Comedy (Broad), Docs & Non-Fiction (Travel), Music (Music Videos)
[4:36, from YouTube]

After United Airlines baggage handlers broke Halifax musician Dave Carroll's prized $3500 Taylor guitar on the tarmac, in front of passengers' eyes, he and Sons Of Maxwell bandmates tried their best to get compensation by calling United's customer service department for a year. When that didn't get them anywhere they recorded this song which became a huge web hit after CNN covered the story. A few days later, after the video had well over a million hits, United offered to compensate Carroll. However, the musician decided to pass, instead encouraging them to donate the money to a charity of their choice. Carroll has promised to release 2 more web music videos about the whole affair. Never underestimate the power of web video.