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

Synopsis

“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).

Chapters

  • 001 TheBirthOfLoud Open
    Duration: 01min
  • 002 TheBirthOfLoud Prologue
    Duration: 11min
  • 003 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter1
    Duration: 15min
  • 004 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter2
    Duration: 15min
  • 005 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter3
    Duration: 13min
  • 006 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter4
    Duration: 17min
  • 007 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter5
    Duration: 10min
  • 008 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter6
    Duration: 09min
  • 009 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter7
    Duration: 18min
  • 010 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter8
    Duration: 11min
  • 011 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter9
    Duration: 06min
  • 012 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter10
    Duration: 18min
  • 013 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter11
    Duration: 13min
  • 014 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter12
    Duration: 08min
  • 015 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter13
    Duration: 15min
  • 016 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter14
    Duration: 15min
  • 017 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter15
    Duration: 18min
  • 018 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter16
    Duration: 14min
  • 019 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter17
    Duration: 13min
  • 020 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter18
    Duration: 13min
  • 021 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter19
    Duration: 09min
  • 022 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter20
    Duration: 09min
  • 023 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter21
    Duration: 16min
  • 024 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter22
    Duration: 06min
  • 025 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter23
    Duration: 15min
  • 026 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter24
    Duration: 18min
  • 027 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter25
    Duration: 13min
  • 028 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter26
    Duration: 11min
  • 029 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter27
    Duration: 12min
  • 030 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter28
    Duration: 07min
  • 031 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter29
    Duration: 06min
  • 032 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter30
    Duration: 10min
  • 033 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter31
    Duration: 14min
  • 034 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter32
    Duration: 10min
  • 035 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter33
    Duration: 13min
  • 036 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter34
    Duration: 07min
  • 037 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter35
    Duration: 08min
  • 038 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter36
    Duration: 16min
  • 039 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter37
    Duration: 08min
  • 040 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter38
    Duration: 08min
  • 041 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter39
    Duration: 15min
  • 042 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter40
    Duration: 10min
  • 043 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter41
    Duration: 11min
  • 044 TheBirthOfLoud Chapter42
    Duration: 10min
  • 045 TheBirthOfLoud Epilogue
    Duration: 50min
  • 046 TheBirthOfLoud Close
    Duration: 01min

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