A riveting saga in the history of rock n roll: the decades-long rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitars amplified soundLeo Fender and Les Pauland their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built.In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into the primordial elements of rock n rolland these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fenders tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw its appeal. Not to be out-maneuvered, Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer, raced to build a competitive product. The company designed an axe that would make Fenders Esquire look cheap and convinced Les Paulwhose endorsement Leo Fender had soughtto put his name on it. Thus was born the guitar worlds most heated rivalry: Gibson versus Fender, Les versus Leo.While Fender was a quiet, half-blind, self-taught...
|Title||:||The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
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The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll Reviews
The cover headline suggested a hard-nosed duel between Leo Fender and Les Paul. I guess that marketing feels that all history needs to be viewed through a competitive lens to sell books today. Happily, this is a straightforward history of the development of electric guitars and basses (and some of the iconic amplifiers), the inventors who developed them, and the players who popularized them, from about 1945 to 1970. I loved it, undiminished by having heard many of the stories before. It made a f ...more
Excellent, easy read about the birth of the birth of the electric guitar and loud music.
I always loved music but i never been a musician. I can't tell if a musician is very skilled, nor do i care really. I also never been much interested in instruments with which my favorite music was made, i guess i knew i was never going to playing those anyway. But i do recognize a Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster and a Gibson Les Paul.
This book tells the history of how the electric guitar came to be. The in ...more
Much more than a biography of the two titans of the electric guitar industry, Leo Fender and Les Paul, this book is a fascinating history of American music between 1950 and 1970, that includes several interesting profiles of musicians such as Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Jimmy Hendrix. Thoroughly researched, and very well written, the book is a testament to the American ideals of ingenuity, hard work, and perseverance.
The Audible version is excellent, and the 9+ h ...more
** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **
It was a fun book. There was a lot I learned that I hadn't heard before. It started to expand into more about the players who played Fenders and Les Pauls towards the end, but it was a good read.