Rick Kelly

Rick Kelly has owned the world-renowned Carmine Street Guitars at 42 Carmine Street since 1990 but opened his first shop on Downing Street in 1976. His oral history delves into his unique guitar design and construction method, using recycled wood from New York City buildings being demolished, as well as his interactions over the years with local artists and actors such as Jim Jarmusch, John Belushi, and David Bowie. Kelly talks about his own creative inspirations and what brought him from the East Coast to the West and back again, as well as his decades in Greenwich Village.