The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll

The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll

A riveting saga in the history of rock ?n? roll: the decades-long rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar?s amplified sound?Leo Fender and Les Paul?and 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 ja A riveting saga in the history of rock ?n? roll: the decades-long rivalry between the two men who innov...

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Title:The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
Author:Ian S. Port
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Genres:Music
ISBN:1501141651
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll Reviews

  • Mike Van Campen
    Feb 04, 2019
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  • Danielle
    Nov 09, 2018
    I got a free galley of this book and thought it might go either way as to whether or not this would be a book that I would enjoy. I love listening to music, but I don't play and have no real affinity for or knowledge about different types of guitars. I figured I would start reading it ...
  • Michael Berman
    Feb 23, 2019
    Fun look at the history of the electric guitar, told primarily through the stories of Leo Fender and Les Paul. Recommended for anyone interested in the early days of rock and roll. ...
  • David Taylor
    Mar 06, 2019
    Fascinating weaving of several threads never before connected in a narrative. Deep research and several scenes deeply felt. ...
  • Lauren Kelly
    Feb 02, 2019
    This was a well researched book on a topic I'm hugely interested in. Not the best writing, and the structure was hit and miss- I found it jumped around at unexpected places. But overall it was framed in an interesting way and I learned a ton. ...
  • Du
    Mar 10, 2019
    Not sure why, but I never engaged with this book. The author clearly did the research and had a strong connection to the topic and innovators, but I couldn't feel it. ...
  • Steve
    Feb 03, 2019
    Fun book to read! Helps if you like reading about pop history and the history of tech - two things I really enjoy on their own, and they?re great together. A lot of research went into the book. ...
  • P.e. lolo
    Feb 17, 2019
    A book about the electric guitar and how it became a force in music. You get a look into Les Paul his life, his work with Gibson guitar and how his suggestions on their guitar made for a better smooth sound, especially for jazz. He was also able to have hit records in the early 50s wit...
  • John Sklar
    Feb 16, 2019
    If you have ever heard me talk about my days selling guitars you will hear an echo as you read this book. From 1963-68 I was around selling guitars and amps. Later, of course, I was and still am a consumer of these products. Bringing the music and the hardware together with the perso...
  • Bob
    Jan 29, 2019
    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 ...
  • Barry
    Feb 15, 2019
    A wondrous retelling of the birth of the guitars that made rock and roll possible- the Fenders and Les Paul Gibsons. It is the story of two inventive geniuses- Leo Fender and Les Paul- the people around around them, and the amazing events their namesake guitars inspired. The book has s...
  • Tom
    Feb 08, 2019
    A lot more fascinating than one would think going beyond the names behind the guitar, focusing on the lives Leo Fender, Les Paul and others led in the days just before and just after the birth of rock n' roll. Fender comes off better than Paul, whose domineering perfectionism came at t...
  • Koen
    Jan 29, 2019
    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 ...
  • Jsavett1
    Jan 19, 2019
    This is a delightful little read about the two giants of electric guitar design and production whose instruments changed the world. Neither ?invented? the solid body electric guitar, indeed, as is well known, Les Paul basically had no input in designing the beautiful mahogany m...
  • Chris Hill
    Mar 01, 2019
    An easy read for the novice and plenty of knowledge for the musician. A simply superb read. ...
  • Patrick Macke
    Feb 08, 2019
    The birth of rock as told through the voice of the guitar, a great idea pulled off with style ... lots of great stories here about rock music and the humble origins of the tools that allowed rockers (and blues players) to turn up the volume ... Leo Fender and Les Paul are fascinating p...
  • Mike Walter
    Feb 09, 2019
    What A Soaring Read I really really loved this book. Everything about it! It was incredibly well researched with tons of insight about the invention of the electric guitar and the music it helped shape in the 50s and 60s. But it wasn't just educational. Port's writing, especially wh...
  • Bob
    Feb 21, 2019
    Very cool stories. ...
  • James Murphy
    Mar 10, 2019
    When you consider the history of popular music in 20th Century American culture, you have to acknowledge the role played by the electric guitar. Ian S. Port explores the electric guitar's impact in his book "The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry Tha...
  • 约翰 胡
    Jan 15, 2019
    An absolute page turner, filled with great stories of the men and women who invented the electric guitar and those that used them to create the brand-new sound that defined the late 20th century. A must-read for fans of music or American history. ...
  • David Petersen
    Feb 25, 2019
    Great story and insights into the development of the electric guitar. Also, the stories of entrepreneurs Leo Fender and Les Paul tell a rich tale about the rapidly changing America of the post-World War II era. The author is not the most graceful storyteller but does an excellent job o...
  • David Doty
    Jan 23, 2019
    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, th...
  • Steve
    Feb 26, 2019
    I confess that I am a big fan of books about the early days of rock. Having confessed my bias, I can say without reservation that this is a terrific book. The author does a great job of telling the story of the development of the solid body electric guitar while bringing the inventors ...
  • Ron
    Mar 14, 2019
    This is a great read for guitar players interested in the history and competition between two iconic guitar makers. ...
  • Carlton Duff
    Mar 08, 2019
    Great writing and insight that expertly ties together the birth of rock ?n roll and the post WWII electric guitar manufacturing boom. ...
  • Blakecriswell
    Jan 05, 2019
    I just finished a free galley copy, and let me say, this book ROCKS! I've read very few non-fiction works that read like a page-turning novel. I simply could not put this book down. The real life story of Leo Fender and Les Paul is so captivating that it nearly seems fictitious. I'...
  • Brent Criswell
    Jan 04, 2019
    I am reading an advance, galley proof copy of the book and eagerly awaiting the arrival of the hardcover edition in a couple of weeks. You don't have to be a guitar player, or even a Southern California history buff to be engaged by this book. The story of the rivalry between Leo Fende...
  • Dean Hanley
    Feb 20, 2019
    Now this was an interesting reading experience. I thought I knew something about this topic, but I must admit I was wrong. NOW I do. "Birth of Loud" starts small, describing the (largely independent) efforts of Leo Fender, Les Paul and others to get more volume out of the acoustic guit...
  • Martin
    Feb 18, 2019
    Wonderful telling of an amazing story about music, technology, dedication, invention, and the foibles, false starts, hits and misses of the electric guitar. Ian Port writes in a straightforward, entertaining style and mostly gets everything right. I did learn some things I didn't know ...
  • Joanne Farrell
    Mar 14, 2019
    Well written and researched. Well done! ...