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    Hey guys,
    I've been trying to point you to a treasure trove of Les Paul interviews for a long time.

    I'll try one more time:

    http://www.wgnradio.com/shows/stevejohnnie/wgnam-steve-johnnie-remembering-les-paul,0,6975991.story

    Click on the left for the interviews. They are great! I was so happy to be in Chi-Town and be able to here these live coming home from gigs.

    This is history. I know some are long, but that's what makes them great.

  • #2
    As they say, a cold shot, to hear of LP's passing.

    There's not much I can say about LP as a musician, record producer or inventor that others haven't but there is one thing that I said here:
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/2105311/gonew/1/RIP_Les_Paul#UNREAD
    that I'll repeat...

    I would like to mention a way he, or his life, directly affected me & undoubtedly others...but in a way you might not expect.

    As a child, in the mid-1950s, I broke my left arm smack through the elbow, totally mangling the joint. My father, fairly well-off & with connections to some of the best doctors in Detroit, had them set & reset the fracture several times.

    Finally they determined it would have to be left "frozen" in position.

    My father, however, knew of work done by some doctors in Chicago following the accident that LP had suffered years earlier & had them flown to Detroit to work on my arm, which was successfully set to allow full mobility (though it still has an alarming angle when held "straight").

    Later, as my musical aspirations developed, that made it possible for me to become a guitarist.

    Sometimes our lives affect others in ways we never know.

    With full & complete respect,
    Darryl Weaver



    Below I'm collecting some of the surprisingly large amount of material available online about Les Paul.
    Please fell free to add something
    .

    online obits
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N72roJIBNjA
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTcHawwQk50
    also (& frankly, more human)
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ_5ubk2H4k

    from the film "Chasing Sound"
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://lespaulfilm.com/
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP7qI5RVtxw

    the absolutely stunning Paulverizer device in action
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foXSXOAfB...&playnext=1
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wIgTm2DnPg

    & 13 segments of the film available as a block on YouTube
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAbH1b5HE...KfpCky8cphbcN-s

    the Booger Brothers radio station (get a glimpse of LP's sense of humor)
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://lespaulfilm.com/clips.html

    beer commercial, interesting mainly as indicative of his name recognition w/the general public
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8O5wZAd2z4

    documentary "The Wizard of Waukesha" parts 1~5
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vomuse9tok
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff1dmh1XA2w
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuXLUUJA0Rs
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOFjfK4juRE
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdAP7Bs6UZ0

    Les Paul interviews on NPRadio

    from 1992, rebroadcast on 8-14-09
    This is a very interesting recording as LP mentions @ the 18 minute mark), casually & without elaboration, 2 devices that he created that I've found no info on, yet. One for the piano & the other, some sort of blood pressure device !!
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111888401

    on Mary McPartland's Piano Jazz Show 1999
    includes performances
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111865107

    birthday profile 2005
    includes performances
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4697875




    from 1950s TV
    LP explains his recordings (watch out for the humour!)
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YA_RINQySU
    Various Les & Mary clips
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iGXP_UBog4
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPZrgebMLAw
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Df09Sodpk
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhZUCuMFPVU

    more recently w/Chet Atkins
    [COLOR=#0000ff]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByGsHTlKmWk
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfjD680wQJI
    the Les & Chet Humor Show
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67rJWOIvjZw

    The Guitar Show
    LP tells about his beginnings
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUEJjyf8a-Y
    talks with Jimmy Page
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksoIyVIRV1s
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2blbt-J3eyU
    live w/Jeff Beck
    (check LP unplug JB's guitar!)
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrC_oqWq2pU

    career overview including close ups of LP playing in his later days
    notice the hand problems
    Also catch the overhand lick in the 1950s clip !
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HI_5LEOC_c

    & where he is now, Sitting On Top of The World
    [COLOR=#810081]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRlu65wB7Fs
    Actual join date c.2001; records lost in the transition to HC from MPlayer...or perhaps the Sumerian flood of 1700 BCE.

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    • #3
      Here's our own tribute on HC: http://www.harmony-central.com/articles/les_paul_tribute/

      I was also a guest on Brian Hardgroove's FuseBox radio show, which was dedicated to Les. He's going to send me a copy and hopefully I can post it here.
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      • #4
        Have posted this in the electric guitar forum, but it's really about recording.

        ****

        Hope this is forgivably of enough interest to y'all for me to post it here:

        http://thequietus.com/articles/02524-les-paul-obituary-a-sonic-pioneer-beyond-the-guitar


        Feel free to tell me how many things I've got completely wrong
        Guitars: Vox Standard 25 / Variax 700 / Fender Lite Ash Strat (modded) / Squier Affinity Telecaster (HEAVILY modded) / Variax 700 Bass / a slowly hatching Warmoth-based build
        Amps: Sold the lot and got an XT Live and never looked back (and got a Vox DA5 off me dear old mum for Xmas 2009, gawd bless er)
        Recording: Rain Recording Element PC / Presonus Firepod / Cakewalk Sonar / SE Reflexion Filter / Other Stuff
        DJing: Toshiba laptop / NI Traktor / Ableton Live

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        • #6
          Have posted this in the electric guitar forum, but it's really about recording.

          ****

          Hope this is forgivably of enough interest to y'all for me to post it here:

          http://thequietus.com/articles/02524-les-paul-obituary-a-sonic-pioneer-beyond-the-guitar


          Feel free to tell me how many things I've got completely wrong


          Great article. Veddy interesting. Thanks for shareing this. Did you write it john? if so then kudos to you and thanks for shareing.
          TD
          ROOTS BASED MUSICS: Blues ,Jazz, Reggae, country and more

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          • #7
            Yes, I wrote it. Thanks.
            Guitars: Vox Standard 25 / Variax 700 / Fender Lite Ash Strat (modded) / Squier Affinity Telecaster (HEAVILY modded) / Variax 700 Bass / a slowly hatching Warmoth-based build
            Amps: Sold the lot and got an XT Live and never looked back (and got a Vox DA5 off me dear old mum for Xmas 2009, gawd bless er)
            Recording: Rain Recording Element PC / Presonus Firepod / Cakewalk Sonar / SE Reflexion Filter / Other Stuff
            DJing: Toshiba laptop / NI Traktor / Ableton Live

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            • #8
              Here's my little Les Paul story, if you hadn't read it elsewhere...

              http://zakclaxton.blogspot.com/2009/08/les-paul-1915-2009.html
              Music, thoughts, stuff, and... I guess that's all

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              • #9
                I met Les Paul once at an AES show in New York. But unfortunately I can

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                • #10
                  I met Les Paul once at an AES show in New York. But unfortunately I can
                  Actual join date c.2001; records lost in the transition to HC from MPlayer...or perhaps the Sumerian flood of 1700 BCE.

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                  • #11
                    Here is a link to the complete movie "Chasing Sound".

                    http://www.hulu.com/watch/91100/les-paul---chasing-sound

                    It's free on Hulu.
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                    • #12
                      I don't know if this has already been posted or not, but it's a cool clip from their TV show:

                      http://www.apple.com/pro/profiles/lespaul/video.html

                      Cue it up to a bit more than 1/3rd of the way - Les was a burner.
                      **********

                      "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                      - George Carlin

                      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                      • #13
                        I've always been kind of proud of the fact, that Les Paul and I share the same birthday. How cool is that ??? Q: I've seen "the Log", it used to be in Nashville, but does anyone know where it is at now???


                        Russ
                        Nashville
                        "In Order To Predict The Future .... Create It"

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                        • #14
                          Halfnote! What you're saying about your elbow is analagous to my Les Paul influence, other than having a '58 P.A.F. style humbucker as my main lead pickup. It was thinking about his digging an echo chamber out of solid rock behind his house that helped give me the confidence to further my own guitar invention.
                          Peter Doubt! So you think the length of Les Paul's interviews and writings are what makes them great? You should see the insulting posts that also complain about my fontage here in DIY. When you have a lot to say, what else can you say?
                          as always, John Watt

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                          • #15
                            i recently met a local studio owner that had a very close relationship with les
                            about a year or so before he passed away Les gave my friend the schematic for a preamp that Les designed that has never been built

                            this guy is going to build it but only for use in his studio -it will not be commercially available
                            a cool lil tidbit of knowledge

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