11 Oct 2011

Libya’s guitar hero – name that battle song?

The conflict in Libya has created some extraordinary images, none more bizarre than this scene of a guitarist playing alongside fighters as bullets fly. But what song could he possibly be playing?

Libya's new regime forces fire their weapons at fighters loyal to Colonel Gaddafi as a comrade plays a guitar during a battle in Sirte on October 10, 2011, (Photo credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Image

Libya’s new regime forces fight Gaddafi troops in Sirte as one of their comrades plays the guitar on 10 October, 2011, (Photo credit: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images).

Libya’s revolutionary war threw people with no military background into battle with Gaddafi‘s standing forces.

This extraordinary image is from the battle for Sirte, the last stronghold of Gaddafi’s troops. Our technical wizards assure us it has not been Photoshopped.

So it’s left to Channel 4 News viewers wonder what the musical soundtrack was in this unique moment captured by photographer Aris Messinis for Getty.

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Guitar hero: your views on Facebook:
JoJo Vega:
I think it's amazing, it shows pure human spirit and proves war doesn't help!!! To the enemy that's the biggest weapon.
Chris Jeffery: How is this any different from when some A-lister goes over to Afghanistan or Iraq and plays for the troops there? If anything its better because i doubt the guitarist is getting paid for entertaining his comrades.
Andy Brown: I hear he's already been signed by Louis Walsh
Eddie Thomas: ?"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin'!"
Tatiana Wahbe Butter: Look at me I'm posing?