The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock'n'Roll is, "A hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history" (The New York Times Book Review). This one-of-a-kind narrative masterfully tells the story of 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.  This is a great read for rock and roll enthusiasts and electric guitar players!


Contributor Bio:  Port, Ian S
Ian S. Port is an award-winning writer and music critic whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Village Voice, The Threepenny Review, and The Believer, among others. He is also the former music editor of the San Francisco Weekly. A lifelong guitar player and California native, he and his wife now live in New York City. The Birth of Loud is his first book.


This is a 352 page hardcover book, 1.3 inches high by 9.1 inches long by 6 inches wide. This item may be gift wrapped for an additional $3.00 fee.

The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, ...

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