The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announced the release of Les Paul: Guitar Wizard, the 20th book in the Badger Biographies series for young readers. The book tells the story of the man who pioneered the solidbody electric guitar, multi-track recording, and many other musical inventions. Along the way, he overcame numerous physical challenges, including recovery from electric shock and rehabilitation after a horrific car accident – both of which threatened his musical career. And yet, Les Paul pushed musical technology forward more than any other musician of the 20th century.
This Grammy Hall of Fame inductee died in 2009, making Les Paul: Guitar Wizard a timely addition to the series. The story is rounded out with sidebars on radio call letters and how an electric guitar works, a full discography, and more than 60 historic photographs.
For more, visit wisconsinhistory.org.