Most music buffs know Pink Floyd as an iconic British band in the rock genre. Famous were their progressive and psychedelic music. The albums The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall of the 70’s era became two of the best selling albums of all time. However, maybe only the true fans of the band would know guitarist David Gilmour…until now.
David Gilmour was inspired and stirred by the message of 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, and wanted to help make a difference to improve world conditions, particularly climate change.
So he did what he believed was the only course of action that he could. He auctioned off his guitars, including the black Fender Stratocaster that helped create The Dark Side of the Moon and Shine On You Crazy Diamond. The 12-string Martin also went…all in all, he raised $21.5 million. It’s the most valuable auction of musical instruments in history.
More surprising was that he donated all the proceeds to charity! The charity ClientEarth takes legal steps to combat climate change.”The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face,” he tweeted.
His unbelievable grand gesture which was applauded worldwide may have a larger impact…maybe persuading others to exchange their mementos, collectibles, for cash to help solve the worldwide emergency brought about by climate change. “We need a civilised world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung,” he continued…and in a video, strummed a placid instrumental.
Hopefully Mother Earth will benefit from this act of charity and others to come…after all, it’s the only home we have.
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