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A musician from Canada has become a YouTube sensation after writing a song about how United Airlines damaged his acoustic guitar.

Dave Carroll's instrument was accidentally broken by staff at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago during a trip last year.

Mr Carroll was so incensed by the rough handling of his acoustic guitar that he tried to get compensation from the airline, but with no success.

He therefore wrote a song called United Breaks Guitars, complete with a video depicting baggage handlers throwing guitar cases, and posted it on YouTube.

The popularity of the track and the publicity it has generated may account for the airline's recent decision to relent and compensate Mr Carroll.

However, the acoustic guitar player has asked United Airlines to donate the money to a music charity instead.

Mr Carroll's song has so far attracted nearly three million views on YouTube and received more than 22,000 ratings.

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Posted on 15 Jul 2009 11:15 to category : Instruments News

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