Montclair, N.J. (March 17, 2016)—Les Paul, inventor of modern multi-track recording, namesake of the Gibson Les Paul and noted guitarist, would’ve turned 100 this year. With that in mind, Backbeat Books is releasing Les Paul in His Own Words: Centennial Edition.
In 2009, Les Paul passed away at the age of 94, marking the end of a unique musical inventor. At 13, 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. Les Paul had essentially created the solid body electric guitar. He went on to alter countless guitars in his quest to create the perfect sound, making one breakthrough after another along the way.
Nonstop experiments in his homemade recording studio led to the invention of sound-on-sound, multi-track recording, overdubbing, echo, and a host of other discoveries that revolutionized the recording industry, while he and wife Mary Ford dominated early 1950s pop charts with a continual string of hits.
Taken together, the enduring influence of his unique contributions to recording technology, instrument design, and American popular music are unsurpassed. So in the book, Les Paul tells the whole story as only he could and in his own words. From tales of his early days on the road and the inspirations that led to his world-changing inventions to his relationship with Mary and the aftermath of world fame, Paul shares it all with unflinching honesty.
Les Paul in His Own Words: Centennial Edition on Amazon