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FTV 171 Les Paul – The Original Guitar Hero


RIP Les Paul 1915 – 2009

This week on From the Vault, we enter the field of music as one of the great expressions of the creative spirit. We honor the life and legacy of the music mastermind Les Paul, who died on Thursday August 13, 2009.

KPFK Music Director Maggie LePique interviewed then-92 year old Les Paul before his weekly performance at the Iridium Club in New York City on April 7th, 2008. On a chilly Monday afternoon before his first set, Les was in great form: what started out as a friendly conversation becomes a whirlwind overview of this legendary guitar player and inventor. From his early hard body electric guitar invention to the Les Pulverizer to his first ever multi-track recording to his blistering guitar technique, Les Paul is the original Guitar Hero.

The Pacifica Radio Archives extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Les.

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