Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Where would we be without Les Paul?

A native of nearby Waukesha, Les Paul invented the electric guitar. And where would modern music be without it?

PBS is currently running an episode of American Masters dedicated to this groundbreaking pioneer of an instrument that is now essential to modern music. Paul originally made his name as a brilliant jazz guitarist before using his knowledge of electronics and acoustics to invent new recording methods and an electrified version of his beloved guitar.

The doc is a fascinating examination of a living music legend. At 90 years old, he is still full of the joy that music brings. Inspiring. Check local listings to see if it's running in your market again anytime soon.

Interesting factoid: Steve Miller, also from Wisconsin, learned a few chords from Paul, who hired Miller's father to sit in with his orchestra occasionally. Eventually, Paul invited a young Steve Miller to sit in with him as well.

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