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

Sinopsis

“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 instruments they built.

In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into rock ’n’ roll—and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender’s tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw its appeal. Not to be out-maneuvered, Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer, raced to build a competitive product. The company designed an “axe” that would make Fender’s Esquire look cheap and convinced Les Paul—whose endorsement Leo Fender had sought—to put his name on it. Thus was born the guitar world’s most heated rivalry: Gibson versus Fender, Les versus Leo.

While Fender was a quiet, half-blind, self-taught radio repairman, Paul was a brilliant but headstrong pop star and guitarist who spent years toying with new musical technologies. Their contest turned into an arms race as the most inventive musicians of the 1950s and 1960s—including bluesman Muddy Waters, rocker Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton—adopted one maker’s guitar or another. By 1969 it was clear that these new electric instruments had launched music into a radical new age, empowering artists with a vibrancy and volume never before attainable.

In “an excellent dual portrait” (The Wall Street Journal), Ian S. Port tells the full story in The Birth of Loud, offering “spot-on human characterizations, and erotic paeans to the bodies of guitars” (The Atlantic). “The story of these instruments is the story of America in the postwar era: loud, cocky, brash, aggressively new” (The Washington Post).

Capítulos

  • 001 TheBirthOfLoud Open

    Duración: 01min

  • 002 TheBirthOfLoud Prologue

    Duración: 11min

  • 003 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter1

    Duración: 15min

  • 004 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter2

    Duración: 15min

  • 005 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter3

    Duración: 13min

  • 006 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter4

    Duración: 17min

  • 007 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter5

    Duración: 10min

  • 008 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter6

    Duración: 09min

  • 009 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter7

    Duración: 18min

  • 010 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter8

    Duración: 11min

  • 011 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter9

    Duración: 06min

  • 012 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter10

    Duración: 18min

  • 013 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter11

    Duración: 13min

  • 014 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter12

    Duración: 08min

  • 015 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter13

    Duración: 15min

  • 016 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter14

    Duración: 15min

  • 017 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter15

    Duración: 18min

  • 018 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter16

    Duración: 14min

  • 019 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter17

    Duración: 13min

  • 020 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter18

    Duración: 13min

  • 021 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter19

    Duración: 09min

  • 022 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter20

    Duración: 09min

  • 023 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter21

    Duración: 16min

  • 024 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter22

    Duración: 06min

  • 025 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter23

    Duración: 15min

  • 026 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter24

    Duración: 18min

  • 027 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter25

    Duración: 13min

  • 028 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter26

    Duración: 11min

  • 029 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter27

    Duración: 12min

  • 030 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter28

    Duración: 07min

  • 031 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter29

    Duración: 06min

  • 032 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter30

    Duración: 10min

  • 033 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter31

    Duración: 14min

  • 034 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter32

    Duración: 10min

  • 035 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter33

    Duración: 13min

  • 036 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter34

    Duración: 07min

  • 037 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter35

    Duración: 08min

  • 038 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter36

    Duración: 16min

  • 039 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter37

    Duración: 08min

  • 040 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter38

    Duración: 08min

  • 041 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter39

    Duración: 15min

  • 042 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter40

    Duración: 10min

  • 043 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter41

    Duración: 11min

  • 044 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter42

    Duración: 10min

  • 045 TheBirthOfLoud Epilogue

    Duración: 50min

  • 046 TheBirthOfLoud Close

    Duración: 01min