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by Mary Alice Shaughnessy

A biography of the self-educated electronics genius who invented virtually every technique of modern sound recording discusses his sixty-year career, his invention of the solid-body electric guitar, and his legacy. 30,000 first printing.
Download Les Paul: An American Original epub
ISBN: 0688084672
ISBN13: 978-0688084677
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Mary Alice Shaughnessy
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (March 1, 1993)
Pages: 347 pages
ePUB size: 1214 kb
FB2 size: 1962 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 262
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I mostly bought this to get info on Les' life with Mary Ford. I am surprised that Mary Ford stayed married to him for 14 years. They were together 17 years all together. Les promised Mary she could retire from touring when she turned 30 in 1954, but Les loved that applause & attention, so Mary didn't get to slow down until she left Paul in 1962. They were divorced in 1963. I think that Rock n Roll really gave the Paul's marriage a swift kick too, because after 1955 there were no more big hits. Mary made a few singles & a whole album "A Brand New Ford", which was a Ford Car dealership promo. Mary finally gave it up after remarrying in 1965. In 1977 Mary's diabetes put her into a coma that lasted 8 weeks, She died September 3o, 1977 at the age of 53 with very little press attention. Les went on to some better popularity in the late 70's. He kept performing until his death a few years ago from pneumonia.Because of his guitar, overdub & recording inventions, Les is still very much remembered, But poor Mary Ford is mainly forgotten. I really love her voice. God Rest both Les & Mary, together they were one hell of a team.
I especially liked this book because of the complete chapter dedicated to my great uncle "Sunny" Joe Wolverton. An interesting look into his past with a few things I did not know about him. I took this book with me along with an autographed show poster of his to the Antiques Roadshow in Anaheim. The appraiser found it very interesting and it helped with his appraisal to see the biographical info included. (Poster appraised for $500) The book is well written and a good read about an influential American musician. Kind of neat to know that a family member of ours had such an influential part in the history of rock music.
Nice bio of a great innovative guitarist.
I wanted to learn more about one of my favorite guitarists. This book is chocked full of info, so I definitely got what wanted. It's a bit dry though.
highly enjoyable reading
I read the book during the summer beacuse I tied electronics, inventing, music , success, etc, etc into book
I was looking for something to use a background material in my tech classes that I teach
all technology teachers should read book like these

Fast Lovebird
Fascinating story for anyone interested in Les and Mary or the music business of the times.
I bought this book for my husband who is an avid guitarist and enjoys playing on Les Paul guitars. He liked the book a lot.
Excellent book, excellent service from the vendor.