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Hear and feel the music from America's past, including Motown, Jimi Hendrix, the Mamas and the Papas, and other artists from the rock era. There are songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys; songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War; and every great American genre is here—from folk and blues to country, gospel, and rock.
ArchiveGrid connects you with primary source material held in archives, special collections, and manuscript collections around the world. You will find historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more.
This database provides indexing and abstracts for several hundred international music periodicals from over 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes over 770,000 records, the majority from the most recent ten years of publication.
Rock’s Backpages is the largest database of rock journalism online, featuring 17,000+ articles on numerous artists. The archive draws on numerous publications from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone, and from New Musical Express and MelodyMaker to MOJO. Rock's Backpages also features a library of over 100 audio interviews.
Journey through the career of musical giant, milestone guitarist, and recording innovator Les Paul, and marvel at the world of cutting-edge guitar design! This book emerged out of years of research, interviews, extensive vintage archives (including original Les Paul/Mary Ford articles, press photos, music and recordings), and gorgeous original photography. Exclusive interviews with Les Paul, as well as Michael Bloomfield and Jeff Beck. A beautiful and insightful book on a legendary inventor, musician and his partnership with Gibson to make the world's most-cherished electric guitar.
The Les Paul guitar has been the instrument of choice for many of the world's top rock guitarists since its introduction in 1952. This book documents the instrument's history and development. The guitars are discussed within the context of both popular music and the international guitar market. All models are covered, and the appendix includes a comprehensive reference section listing information needed to identify and date each model.
This addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers tells the story of Les Paul, the legendary “Wizard of Waukesha,” who pioneered the solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, and many other musical inventions. Fascinated since boyhood with musical technology, the young Les moved from experimenting with his mother’s player piano and phonograph to developing his own amplifier and tinkering with crystal radios.
At thirteen, he took the tone arm from his father's phonograph, jammed the heavy needle into the top of his five-dollar guitar, and filled it with Plaster of Paris to quell feedback. The guitar didn't survive, but his idea worked, essentially creating the first solid-body electric guitar. Les Paul went on to alter guitars in his quest to create the perfect sound, making one breakthrough after another along the way. Taken together, the enduring influence of his unique contributions to recording technology, instrument design, and American popular music are unsurpassed.
This is classic material. Four CDs loaded with one song after another of magical guitar playing. The sound is terrific, and Mary Ford adds great vocals to many of the cuts, in addition to many instrumentals. Spans 1948-1957 and includes some portions of the Les Paul Radio Show with songs and dialogue between Les and Mary. The variety of techniques Les Paul invented that are still used today (such as multi-tracking) are on display in this set of music.
Nat was also the pianist for Norman Granz's first Jazz At The Philharmonic (JATP) concerts, trading solos with the future legend Les Paul and others in the summer of '44 - while he's otherwise a headlining superstar - and those rousing live jam sessions make up Disc 2.
This is a video recording with Les Paul available at the Library and Archives.
Profiles the life and work of music producer/recording engineer Tom Dowd. Featuring music and appearances by Les Paul, Eric Clapton, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Ornette Coleman, and other musical luminaries.
Les Paul on YouTube
Les Paul & Mary Ford Show: World Is Waiting For The SunriseLes Paul - Chasing Sound!
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There are individual items of interest on Les Paul in the following:
Consists of two compact discs of images from one of Paul's last live concerts at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on March 25, 2009, where Paul played nearly every week almost up to the end of his life.
Consists of one DVD containing a 62-minute interview with Les Paul on The Joey Reynolds Show, a nationally syndicated radio program hosted by former Top 40 radio personality Joey Reynolds. The footage was photographed and edited by Sandi Bachom.
Spans the years 1925 to 2008. Comprised of material related to the lives, careers, invention, and artistry of Les Paul and Mary Ford. The bulk of the collection consists of publicity materials, including advertisements; newspaper and magazine clippings; newsletters and dailies; handbills; press kits; press releases; and programs. The Papers also contain academic papers on Paul, biographical information, brochures, catalogs, chord sheets, contracts, copyright documents, correspondence, hit charts, lyrics, music arrangements and manuscripts, Paul's passport, photographs, publications, record covers, recording notes, royalty reports, scrapbooks, scripts, set lists, sheet music, stage design drawings, and miscellaneous materials.
These are video recordings created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Education Department for the 2008 American Music Masters celebrations honoring Les Paul. These videos are only available at the Library and Archives.