January 28, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Four of the key bands from the 1960s British Invasion were represented Friday in Anaheim when the Who's lead guitarist and main songwriter, Pete Townshend, was given the Les Paul Award at the annual TEC Awards ceremony, part of the annual NAMM music products convention . Townshend was serenaded by Eric Burdon of the Animals, who sang “The Seeker,” while ex-Beatle Paul McCartney...
September 27, 2011 |
Two dozen federal agents outfitted with side arms and bulletproof vests strode past a display of electric guitars signed by Joan Jett and Slash of Guns 'N' Roses and quickly seized control of the cavernous guitar factory. Some workers were caught sanding guitar bodies. Others held newly painted guitars between their bellies and cloth-covered wax wheels, gently swaying and pushing as they buffed the instrument in some kind of tuneless dance. Turn off your machines and go home, they were ordered.
October 11, 2009 |
It may not be an Arthurian tale of Sir Percival in pursuit of the Holy Grail, but Tony Bacon's "Million Dollar Les Paul" (Jawbone: 288 pp., $19.95 paper) is still about a romantic quest. The object of his interest? The 1959 sunburst Les Paul electric guitar -- an instrument used by Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Michael Bloomfield, Billy Gibbons, Peter Green and many other knights of the rock round table. Its craftsmanship, explains the author (whose other books include "The Fender Electric Guitar Book" and "Electric Guitars: The Illustrated Encyclopedia")
August 22, 2009 |
Family members, longtime friends and music fans of all ages lined up Friday at a public visitation for Les Paul, the inventor whose creation of the first solid-body electric guitar helped pave the way for rock 'n' roll. Adam Bollinger never got a chance to see Paul play live. But the 15-year-old from Plainfield, Ill., knows how important Paul was to rock 'n' roll. That's why he and his mother, Coleen Bollinger, drove 2 1/2 hours to be among the first in line. "It's just about me paying respects and being here for him," Bollinger said.
August 17, 2009 |
There's a moment in the documentary "It Might Get Loud" when Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, while sitting with fellow guitarists Jack White and the Edge, reaches for his Gibson Les Paul to play a thundering "Whole Lotta Love." The solid-body guitar remains the model of choice for Page and many of rock's leading players, and is the enduring legacy of the late guitarist and inventor Les Paul. "It was like a throwdown," director Davis Guggenheim said of that moment in his film. "It was like, 'I'm done talking.
August 16, 2009 |
For a teenage guitar slinger in the 1970s, it was the most coveted of instruments: a Gibson Les Paul. In the hands of Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Pete Townsend and countless others, it defined the hard-rock sound of the day. I had to have one. Trouble was, Les Pauls could cost nearly twice as much as other name-brand electric guitars. Crafted largely by hand and outfitted with hum-bucking pickups that hammered out sound with the effortless power of a Detroit V-8, Les Pauls were built for concert stages, not San Fernando Valley garages.