Les Paul in His Own Words Centennial Edition Book Softcover

Les Paul in His Own Words Centennial Edition Book Softcover

In 2009, the legendary Les Paul passed away at the age of 94. In celebration of his life, this book, capturing Paul's own reflections on his remarkable inventions and guitar playing, was published as a high-end collector's edition. In 2015, Les Paul reached his centennial, and Backbeat Books is pleased to celebrate the legend once more in the first-ever paperback edition of Les Paul in His Own Words, making his fascinating story available to a wide range of readers.

This book is the definitive work on the recording and electric guitar pioneer whose prodigious talents and relentless work ethic single-handedly launched a new era in American popular music. This authentic account of Les Paul's life is packed with words of wisdom and experience from one of the most important contributors to modern music.

Product Details

  • #HL 00151772
  • 9781495047398
  • 888680090739
  • 9.0"
  • 12.0"
  • 366 Pages


  • “Every setback might be the very thing that makes you carry on and fight all the harder and become much better.” – Les Paul
  • “Les Paul is an inspiration to a world of guitarists for his playing, for the instruments he created, and for his multiple-track recording innovations. Without him, it is hard to imagine how rock and roll would be played today.” – Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records


  • “While many people can rightfully claim to have involvement of the early invention and development of the electric guitar and music and recording technology, no one had quite the influence that Les did in so many areas. Not only was he a extremely talented guitarist, but also a pop music radio and TV star, a recording pioneer, a groundbreaking producer, hall of fame inventor and a character the likes of which the music industry will probably never see again. This book tells his story in a very entertaining way – the way only Les himself could tell it. Like Les, it is extremely entertaining, and absolutely essential reading.” – harmonycentral.com

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