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Guitar Pick

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 21, 2022

This plastic "Suicide Commandos" guitar pick was used by Chris Osgood between 1974 - 1979.
Osgood co-founded the band The Suicide Commandos in Minneapolis with himself as guitarist, Steve Almaas as bassist, and Dave Ahl as drummer. The band produced two albums in its short history (1975-1980), but helped establish a punk and alternative rock music scene in Minneapolis influencing other bands, such as the Suburbs, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and Soul Asylum.
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