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Includes 90 Minutes of Exclusive Extras:
Full-length performances from the Iridium Jazz Club with Les Paul and his Trio.
Vintage duets with Keith Richards, Kay Starr, Merle Haggard and Chet Atkins.
Classic TV appearances (Les Paul & Mary Ford at Home, Omnibus and more.
Extended conversations with Les Paul.
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In this documentary, you see and hear from Les about career, his inventions and life from the early to now. You hear him tell his side of the story in his work with music greats, the people he performed with, where he learned his chops and cut his teeth. Then you'll see and hear from respected industry pro's he impacted and see the effect of his recordings and his 'sound' upon those who are well known household names and those behind the scenes. This is Les Paul's life throughout the ages, from young inventor, to well respected jazz guitarist, to serviceman, to band leader, all throughout his career, retirement and comebacks. It shows takes from early clips and photos, the TV shows, previous anniversaries and dedication events. Happy Birthday Les and thank you. You are the real life Thomas Edison and Indiana Jones of Music.
This is a five-star DVD for the 90-minute PBS history alone--OR for the 90 minutes worth of extras, such as the Iridium set. Add the two together, factor in the bargain price, and this disc is nothing less than 180 minutes of indispensable, must viewing. The audio fidelity and production values are first rate, whether the music is vintage Lester or his more recent musical activities which, for the most part, have gone unrecorded for the past 30 years. The extras include "honest" musical exchanges with Keith Richards and a rare opportunity to see and hear a latter-day Kay Starr, no worse for wear than Les, singing "Exactly Like You." Then there's Merle Haggard and Les doing "Pennies from Heaven," both of them practically honoring the tune's simple melody. And a delightful duet on "Avalon" with Chet Atkins circa 1990 (The secret's out. The supposedly "intuitive" musician Les knows keys! Rather than holding down one finger to signal one flat, he mouths "F" to the piano player for his solo turn).Read more ›
He is the Godfather of the electric guitar ... Inventor of multi-track recording, overdubbing, reverb, and echo --- Music as we know it would literally not be possible without the recording processes he pioneered --- His virtuosic playing, and the mythical Gibson electric guitar that bears his name, inspired the legends of the rock & roll revolution --- Waukesha, Wisconsin Hometown Hero ... Jazz Pioneer ...1950's Pop Superstar ... Guitar Wizard ... Inventor ... Architect of Rock & Roll ... American Original ... that's just the first 90 years! --- Strap in for a ride with this larger-than-life rascal - still playing every Monday night at a joint in Manhattan - as he tells his own rags-to riches story, joined by a cast of legendary musicians, admirers, and industry insiders.
1. Full-length performances from the Iridium Jazz Club with Les Paul and His Trio.
2. Vintage duets with Keith Richards, Kay Starr, Merle Haggard and Chet Atkins.
3. Interviews with B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard, Steve Miller and many more.
4. Classic TV appearances (Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home, Omnibus and more)
5. Extended conversations with Les Paul.
6.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had no expectations of any sort when I first started to watch this on one of the streaming services, so I was totally blown away by the scope of Paul's innovations, artistry and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Watkins
ANYONE who loves music MUST see this. THIS MAN WAS AMAZING!
We saw him a few times at the Iridium in NY...what a lovely man
I first saw this unbelievable documentary on "American Masters" for PBS. It is incredibly entertaining and so expertly done, serving not only as a tribute for fans of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Renee T.
This is a superb documentary for all lovers of Les Paul and Mary Ford music, for all historians of popular music in the 20thc and for all players and lovers of the guitar. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Richard B. Schwartz
I bought this DVD thinking it would be about the guitarist and the guitar named after him. While this DVD did do just that, I was disappointed that more time wasn't devoted to the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by MetalAl