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 hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history? (The New York Times Book Review), this one-of-a-kind narrative masterfully recreates the 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 instr ?A hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history? (The New York Times Book Review), this one-o...

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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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  • Erik
    Apr 24, 2019
    A really interesting look at the friendship and competition between the two biggest names behind the invention and growth of the electric guitar. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Zac
    Mar 25, 2019
    Contrary to what the title suggests, this book is not really about a rivalry. Yes, Fender and Paul were opposites: the former was a reserved perfectionist, the latter a gregarious showman. And yes, the products for which they are best known ? the Fender Stratocaster (and Telecaster b...
  • Patrick
    Mar 20, 2019
    Written with enthusiasm and full of fascinating detail -- a must-read for music fans and musicians ...
  • Silas
    Apr 05, 2019
    This was an interesting look at two of the big players in the creation of modern electric guitars, from the forties until around the end of the sixties, covering the golden age of both Fender and Gibson. I found it interesting how quickly their stories intersected, and how much of that...
  • 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...
  • Cathy
    Apr 17, 2019
    A fascinating look at the history of electrified music. I?m a music aficionado and thought that I knew enough about the genesis of ?modern? pop/rock but there was a connection made here between jazz guitar and top-40, plus plenty of anecdotes that I hadn?t heard about Buddy Hol...
  • Rob Murphy
    May 19, 2019
    This is an incredibly interesting history of how the electric guitar changed modern music and ushered in a number of significant cultural moments. Although not really a rivalry, Leo Fender and Les Paul, with the help of Paul Bigsby, brought about the evolution of the guitar through inv...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Will Mercier
    May 14, 2019
    I thought this was ok. I found most of my enjoyment was the first half or so and the epilogue. I was more so looking for a book focusing on the two companies. The Hendrix and Clapton bits were ok, but not really what I was looking to get out of this book. The chapters are short enough ...
  • Patrick Kijek
    Apr 09, 2019
    If you want to know everything about the birth of the Les Paul and Leo Fender, you have to read this. This will teach you the evolution of sound from the late 1940?s to the end of the century. Cameos by everybody from Dick Dale to God, wait, I mean Eric Clapton. Folk to Blues to Rock...
  • John Yingling
    May 11, 2019
    I learned a lot about the history of guitars in the 20th century, and grew to appreciate the inventiveness and persistence of Leo Fender and Les Paul in being on the ground floor, so to speak, of the music that would lead to pop and then rock and roll. The author does an exceptional jo...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Mickey McIntosh
    Apr 28, 2019
    The Lakers vs. The Celtics McDonalds vs. Burger King Pepsi vs Coke Some famous rivals, but so is Leo Fender vs. Les Paul This is the story of two pioneers who's tinkering with guitars and sound would revolutionize music in post World War II America, and beyond. This is a great sto...
  • 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 ...
  • Vincent Cervoni
    Mar 16, 2019
    It was riveting, but.. I truly enjoyed how this book wove together the stories of Les Paul and Leo Fender. I have specific criticism. I have read several times about the Stratocaster that Eric Clapton has bought for Jimi Hendrix and am near positive that it was a left-handed Strat....
  • Laura K
    Mar 18, 2019
    You do not have to be a guitar nerd to like this book! I would suggest that you have a love of music and a rudimentary knowledge of guitars and other instruments used in the 1950's - 80's to fully enjoy this quick read. The chapters are short and move along between Leo Fender (develope...
  • Brad Linden
    Apr 24, 2019
    There is so much more to this story than I ever imagined. I expected stories of invention, tinkering, technical details, and successes as we learn how Fender and Gibson pioneered the modern electric guitar. While all those things are included, the real story is how deeply interwoven th...
  • Joanne Farrell
    Mar 14, 2019
    Well written and researched. Well done! ...