Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz chews his guitar when he writes music, apparently

Damon Albarn
(Image credit: Hayley Madden/Redferns / Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers)

An acoustic guitar belonging to Damon Albarn has been donated to a charity auction, revealing one of the Blur frontman’s unusual songwriting habits.

The auction – organized by The Stone Roses bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield, whose wife Imelda was recently diagnosed with cancer – features a host of six-strings and other music paraphernalia, not least a Taylor GS Mini acoustic bearing Albarn’s teeth marks.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.