Les Paul: The Lost Interviews Jim ODonnell

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Les Paul: The Lost Interviews  by  Jim ODonnell

Les Paul: The Lost Interviews by Jim ODonnell
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LES PAUL: THE LOST INTERVIEWS consists of five candid, humorous, NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED interviews with Les Paul, inventor of the solidbody electric guitar and multi-track recording.Imagine if you had run into guitar legend Les Paul and asked him: “MoreLES PAUL: THE LOST INTERVIEWS consists of five candid, humorous, NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED interviews with Les Paul, inventor of the solidbody electric guitar and multi-track recording.Imagine if you had run into guitar legend Les Paul and asked him: “Les Paul, what is your favorite Les Paul?” OR: “You’ve had so many setbacks in your life, yet you keep bouncing back.

How do you do it?” OR: “If you were talking to someone looking to break into the music business, or just starting to play guitar, what would you say to him or her?” OR: “When Leo Fender was planning to come out with his solidbody electric guitar, did he ask you to join him to produce a ‘Fender Les Paul’ guitar?”Those are the exact questions—among many, many others—that music writer Jim O’Donnell puts to Les Paul in the course of these five recently-discovered interviews.The world class musician doesnt disappoint in his straightforward, often surprising responses.

See how the mind of a genius works. Don’t miss a word of this revealing question-and-answer session that brings Les Paul the person to the printed page. And don’t miss the four helpful appendices: a Les Paul discography, filmography, webography, and bibliography.As a special bonus, a Les Paul profile by Jim O’Donnell is included—a story that the guitarist enjoyed so much he had it hanging directly behind him onstage for two years.

The fact of the matter is that guitar players from Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page, from Andrés Segovia to B.B. King, have acknowledged the genius of Les Paul. A virtuoso guitar player in his own right, Les Paul won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.“The history of popular music without Les Paul,” writes author Jim O’Donnell, “would be as diminished as the history of the Beatles less Paul.” The guitarist’s many contributions to the world of popular music are well-known.What’s not so well-known is the struggle he has had to endure to achieve his stunning success.

From quintuple bypass heart surgery to four operations on his inner ear to encroaching arthritis in his hands, the guitar legend has had to battle every inch of the way to the top.Along with critical health issues, his career in music has also been a battle. “Just about everything that I ever thought of,” he says, “it seemed as though there was someone put on this earth to just stick his foot out and trip me.”In these five new interviews, Les Paul tells why he never quit, despite all the battles. The guitar great also talks about helping Jimi Hendrix build his recording studio- what it takes to make it in the music business- how to buy a guitar- creating the first solidbody electric guitar- how he developed the distinctive Les Paul sound- and a wide variety of other fascinating topics.What finally emerges is an authentic portrait of Les Paul the person—a person who turns out to be even bigger than the guitarist, the genius, or the guitar.ContentsINTRODUCTIONINTERVIEW #1: April 3, 1991INTERVIEW #2: May 22, 1991INTERVIEW #3: April 12, 1992INTERVIEW #4: June 24, 1992INTERVIEW #5: January 25, 2007“LES PAUL, ROCK STAR”APPENDICESDiscographyFilmographyWebographyBibliographyAbout the AuthorJim O’Donnell is a longtime music writer whose work is in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame library in Cleveland.He received his first professional newspaper byline for a sports story in 1969.



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