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100 Rock and Roll Innovations

A Tribute to The Day The Music Died

— February 3, 2011 — Pop Culture
Buddy Holly's tragic death on February 3rd, 1959 is known throughout the world as 'The Day The Music Died,' and though it may have occurred over 50 years ago, the legacy of this legend lives on.

In the spirit of this sad day in rock history, this top list explores some of the most fascinating innovations in rock and roll culture over the past few years. From awesome guitar art to rockstar genome mapping, years after 'The Day the Music Died,' the spirit of rock and roll continues to evolve.
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Complaining Acoustics
Complaining Acoustics
This 'United Breaks Guitars' Video Will Guarantee a Few Laughs
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97
Portable Pipe Amps
Portable Pipe Amps
Rock Out Anytime, Anywhere with the FuzzHugger Pipe Amp
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96
Pay-Pass Musicians
Pay-Pass Musicians
Credit Card-Accepting Guitars May be the New Way to Pay Street Guitarists
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95
Rockstar Genome Mapping
Rockstar Genome Mapping
Scientists Spend 27,000 Euros to Study the Ozzy Osbourne Genome
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94
Consummate Classic Metal Covers
Consummate Classic Metal Covers
Eric Calderone Delivers a Smoking Rendition of 'Chocolate Rain'
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93
Canned Guitar Amps
Canned Guitar Amps
The Can of Beans Amp is Perfect for On-the-Go Guitarists
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92
Tablet Pedal Boards
Tablet Pedal Boards
Rockout with the Stompbox iPads
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91
Huge Glittered Instruments
Huge Glittered Instruments
Erin Lareau's Crystallized 10-Foot 'Les Paul' Guitar is Glamorous
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90
Interstellar Rocker Wear
Interstellar Rocker Wear
The nano universe 2010 Spring Collection ain't no Burnout
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89
Vintage Vocal Microphones
Vintage Vocal Microphones
Bring Back the Oldies With a Samson Meteor Mic
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88
Guerrilla Album Launches
Guerrilla Album Launches
Guns & Roses Hype ‘Chinese Democracy' by Bicycle
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87
Air Guitar Championships
Air Guitar Championships
Touring 25 Cities in Search of 1 Winner With 0 Guitars
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86
Rock Star Game Characters
Rock Star Game Characters
Guitar Hero 5 Features Garbage's Shirley Manson
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85
King of Rock Toys
King of Rock Toys
Hasbro Launches Mr. Potato Head Elvis Presley Collectible Toy
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84
Strumming iPhone Apps
Strumming iPhone Apps
Get Your Hendrix on with the Fingerist Instrument for the iPhone
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83
Time-Lapse Guitar Artwork
Time-Lapse Guitar Artwork
Artist Brady Uses Markers to Create a Musical Masterpiece
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82
Guitar Gadget Mounts
Guitar Gadget Mounts
The Guitar Sidekick Helps You Ditch the Sheet Music and Go Digital
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81
Collaborative Music Marketing
Collaborative Music Marketing
BlackBerry Phusion With U2 Shows What the Future Holds
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80
Free Kickass Concerts
Free Kickass Concerts
Kaki King is Featured in Fee-Less NYC Concert Series
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79
Cellphone Guitars
Cellphone Guitars
Steffest's 'Phone Guitar' Makes Sweet Music at Affordable Rates
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78
Pitch Perfect Polyphonic Tuners
Pitch Perfect Polyphonic Tuners
The Poly Tune Guitar Tuner Makes Getting in Key A Lot Easier
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77
Guitar Pick Buildings
Guitar Pick Buildings
The Utrecht ND Ride Facility by Kcap and JHK Architects
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76
DIY Musical Devices
DIY Musical Devices
The PVC Pipe Instrument is a Harmonious Creation
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75
Rolling Stone Couture
Rolling Stone Couture
The Liberty of London & Ronnie Wood Fashions Are Something to Scream About
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74
Ipad Music Makers
Ipad Music Makers
The StudioDock Pro Lets You Interface Your Music Gear With Any App
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73
King of Rock Comics
King of Rock Comics
Elvis Comics Bring Blue Suede Shoes Back on the Anniversary of His Death
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72
Rock n' Roll Hangers
Rock n' Roll Hangers
The Guitar Hanger Keeps Your Instruments Safe and Sound
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71
Glamorous Gilded Guitars
Glamorous Gilded Guitars
The $1 Million GoldCaster Guitar Makes for Pricey Playing
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70
Personalized Rockabilia
Personalized Rockabilia
Designer Guitar Picks That Let You Headbang in Style
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69
Feathery Guitar Feeders
Feathery Guitar Feeders
Artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot Creates Music with Birds
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68
Cuddly Rockstar Cushions
Cuddly Rockstar Cushions
The Gabriela Pardo Guitar Pillow is Electrifying
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67
Real Rockstar Ads
Real Rockstar Ads
Sparrow Guitars Want You to Stop Playing Video Games
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66
Nirvana Double-Necks
Nirvana Double-Necks
The Minarik Lotus Guitar Has A Carved Hindu Goddess
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65
Crystal Encrusted Baby Grands
Crystal Encrusted Baby Grands
The Crystalrock Piano is for the Deep-Pocketed Piano Man
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64
One-Handed Keyboards
One-Handed Keyboards
The Citta Kee4 Keyboard is a Conveniently Designed Gadget
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63
Realistic Gamer Guitars
Realistic Gamer Guitars
Mad Catz Enhances Realism in Gaming Keyboards and Guitars for ‘Rock
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62
Rockin' iPhone Add-Ons
Rockin' iPhone Add-Ons
The NSP BreakOut Pedal Helps You Create Instant Hit Singles
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61
Digital Instrument Tutorials
Digital Instrument Tutorials
Learn to Play the Guitar Virtually on Rock Prodigy
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60
Music-Making Tees
Music-Making Tees
The Electronic Music Synth Shirt is Musically Convenient and Cheap
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59
Beatles Tribute Guitars
Beatles Tribute Guitars
The Gibson John Lennon J-16oE Acoustic Guitars Celebrate 70th Anniversary
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58
Snakeskin Guitars
Snakeskin Guitars
The Limited Edition Deluxe 'Parker Fly Mojo' Musical Instrument
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57
Old-School Gamer Guitars
Old-School Gamer Guitars
Six String NES Guitar Gets the Mario Song Permanently Stuck in Your Head
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56
Identity Guitar Picks
Identity Guitar Picks
These 'Rock my World' Fingerprint Accessories are One of a Kind
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55
Rockin' Desk Lights
Rockin' Desk Lights
Dan Leap's Guitar Lamps are Made Out of Actual Six Strings
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54
Sasquatch Strumming
Sasquatch Strumming
The Big Foot Guitar is Hairy and has Dirty Toenails
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53
Rockstar Portraiture
Rockstar Portraiture
The Neda Abghari 'Editorial' Portfolio Features Subjects in their Environment
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52
Amplified CDs
Amplified CDs
The AC/DC Collectors Set Is Packed in a Working Amp
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51
Mega-Sound iPod Docks
Mega-Sound iPod Docks
The Block Rocker is the Ultimate Sound System for Party Music
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50
Rockstar Puppet Virals
Rockstar Puppet Virals
The Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody Video Rocks Youtube
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49
Rockstar Guitar Re-Releases
Rockstar Guitar Re-Releases
Gibson & Billy Gibbons Recreate '69 Les Paul Pearly Gates
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48
Musical Promotional Partnerships
Musical Promotional Partnerships
GE Capital Taylor Guitar Ad Campaign Uses Real Executives
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47
Girly Guitaring
Girly Guitaring
The Daisy Rock Guitar Company Inspire Girls to Rock Out
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46
Melody-Producing Bracelets
Melody-Producing Bracelets
Frostie by Mac Funamizu is the Future of Playing Musical Instruments
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45
Celebratory Iconic Instruments
Celebratory Iconic Instruments
The 50th Anniversay of Les Paul Standard Electric Guitars
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44
Intuitive Instruments
Intuitive Instruments
The Digital DiGuitar Comes With no Strings Attached
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43
Supercar Guitars
Supercar Guitars
The Limited Edition Ferrari Guitar by Blackbird
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42
Guitar Anti-Theft Devices
Guitar Anti-Theft Devices
The Rock Lock Protects Your Six String from Roadies & Thieves
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41
Song Writing Machines
Song Writing Machines
Oliver Jeffers Combines a Guitar and Typewriter to Give Birth to Creativity
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40
Galactic Instruments
Galactic Instruments
The Millennium Falcon Guitar is Perfect for Star Wars Rockstars
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39
Wearable Instruments
Wearable Instruments
The T-Shirt Guitar Will Keep You Strummin' All Day Long
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38
Retro Gamer Guitars
Retro Gamer Guitars
The Koopa Troopa Guitar Will Have You Shredding Like it's 1985
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37
Skeletal Guitars
Skeletal Guitars
The Anatomical Rock Guitar Features Bony Collage Art
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36
Glowing Instrumental Lights
Glowing Instrumental Lights
Rich Roland's Neon Guitars are Super Cool
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35
Plush Musical Instruments
Plush Musical Instruments
'The Grateful Thread' Sells Crafted Rock & Roll Kitsch
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34
Metallic Rocker Bodysuits
Metallic Rocker Bodysuits
Freja Beha Erichsen Transforms in i–D Spring 2010
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33
Rockstar Self-Expressionism
Rockstar Self-Expressionism
901 Tequila Presents Rock and Roll Styling
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32
Postered Rock Gods
Postered Rock Gods
Maxim Dalton's 'Guitar Lessons' Poster Illustrates Rock'n'roll Greatness
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31
Smashable Musical Instruments
Smashable Musical Instruments
K's Japan Develops a Guitar to Destroy Guilt-Free
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30
Slick Instrument Satchels
Slick Instrument Satchels
The Arizona Arena Guitar Case Adds Style and Functionality
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29
Virtual Musical Instruments
Virtual Musical Instruments
The Misa Digital Kitara Guitar Swaps Strings for a Touchscreen
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28
Rock 'N' Roll Lighting
Rock 'N' Roll Lighting
Rock Out Your Home with the Rocknrolla Luminous Lamp
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27
Rockin' Instrument Rentals
Rockin' Instrument Rentals
Guitar Affair Lets You Try it Out for Just One Night
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26
Literal Sheet Music
Literal Sheet Music
The DIY Paper Guitar is the Perfect Project for the Holiday Break
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25
LED Laser Guitars
LED Laser Guitars
Ok Go Lit Up the Stage at 2009 Design Miami
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24
Interlocking Instruments
Interlocking Instruments
The Monday Morning Travel Guitar Hits a Note With Musicians Everywhere
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23
Pop Art Instruments
Pop Art Instruments
Feast Your Eyes on the Wicked Grumpy's Downtown Guitars
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22
Iconic Guitar Picks
Iconic Guitar Picks
The Ben Sherman VIP Plectrum Auction Houses Headliner Picks
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21
Geektastic Gamer Guitars
Geektastic Gamer Guitars
The GetLoFi NES Electric Guitar is a Crafty Console Creation
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20
Rock'n'Roll Hotels
Rock'n'Roll Hotels
The Sanctum Soho Boutique Hotel is Strictly for Rockers
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19
Eclectic Food Shaped Instruments
Eclectic Food Shaped Instruments
These Fruit-Shaped Instruments by Celentano Woodworks Rock
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18
Tablet Turntables
Tablet Turntables
DJay iPad App Turns You Into a Virtual Music-Playing DJ
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17
Rockstar Cakes
Rockstar Cakes
The Guitar Hero Concert Cake is Rock'n'roll-Licious
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16
X-Ray Guitar Artwork
X-Ray Guitar Artwork
Make Your Home Feel like a Rockstar Palace With Instrument Art
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15
Shattered Tile Instruments
Shattered Tile Instruments
Crooked Moon Mosaics Makes 'Baby Sings the Blues' Guitar
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14
Silhouette Records
Silhouette Records
Decorate Your Space With Cutout Vinyls From Sillyette
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13
Rockstar-Inspired Earpieces
Rockstar-Inspired Earpieces
The Funko Music Headphones are Legendary
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12
Submerged Rock and Roll
Submerged Rock and Roll
Michael Howard Takes Us Under Water With a New Collection
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11
Papercraft Guitars
Papercraft Guitars
Rock Out on WowWee Paper Jamz Axes
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10
Rock & Roll Photography
Rock & Roll Photography
Jane Stockdale's Portraits Include Iggy Pop, Jay-Z, Peaches
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9
Killer Instrumentals
Killer Instrumentals
Intimidate the Masses with the Gun Guitar
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8
Music-Playing Pumps
Music-Playing Pumps
Guitar Shoes by Chicks on Speed Will Rock Your World
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7
Guitar Wall Lights
Guitar Wall Lights
Musical Instrument-Inspired Lighting is Perfect for Rockstars
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6
Rock and Roll Hair
Rock and Roll Hair
Celebrity Style Mavens Sport Elvis Presley's Classic Look
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5
Rock n Roll Editorials
Rock n Roll Editorials
Sasha Pivovarova Parties like a Rockstar for 'Already Famous' in Vogue
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4
Punk Rock Celeb Shoots
Punk Rock Celeb Shoots
The Taylor Momsen Spin Magazine Shoot is Full of Grunge-Filled Edge
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3
Rock 'n' Roll Wedding Gifts
Rock 'n' Roll Wedding Gifts
Little Things Favors Creates Awesome Music-Themed Presents
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2
Rock and Roll Seating
Rock and Roll Seating
Designer Antique Chairs With A Majorly Modern Attitude
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1
Hippie Rocker Fashion
Hippie Rocker Fashion
The Gestuz Autumn 2010 Lookbook is Perfect for the Rock and Roll Princess
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