The Birth of Loud by Ian S. Port

The Birth of Loud

A riveting saga in the history of rock ‘n’ roll: the decades-long rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar’s amplified sound—Leo Fender and Les Paul—and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built.In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into the primordial elements of rock ’n’ roll—and these ...

Details The Birth of Loud

TitleThe Birth of Loud
Release DateJan 15th, 2019
GenreMusic, History, Nonfiction, Culture, Pop Culture

Reviews The Birth of Loud

  • Brent Criswell
    I am reading an advance, galley proof copy of the book and eagerly awaiting the arrival of the hardcover edition in a couple of weeks. You don't have to be a guitar player, or even a Southern California history buff to be engaged by this book. The story of the rivalry between Leo Fender and Les Paul captures you from the first pages. It is an excellent read. Full disclosure: The author is my son-in-law. That being said, Objectively, I would still...
  • David Doty
    Much more than a biography of the two titans of the electric guitar industry, Leo Fender and Les Paul, this book is a fascinating history of American music between 1950 and 1970, that includes several interesting profiles of musicians such as Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Jimmy Hendrix. Thoroughly researched, and very well written, the book is a testament to the American ideals of ingenuity, hard work, and persevera...
  • Jsavett1
    This is a delightful little read about the two giants of electric guitar design and production whose instruments changed the world. Neither “invented” the solid body electric guitar, indeed, as is well known, Les Paul basically had no input in designing the beautiful mahogany monster axe which bears his name. Rather, Leo and Les occupy this story as the kind of obsessive tinkerers of a previous age; they are the grandchildren of Edison and Be...
  • Koen
    Excellent, easy read about the birth of the birth of the electric guitar and loud music.I always loved music but i never been a musician. I can't tell if a musician is very skilled, nor do i care really. I also never been much interested in instruments with which my favorite music was made, i guess i knew i was never going to playing those anyway. But i do recognize a Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster and a Gibson Les Paul.This book tells the his...
  • Danielle
    I got a free galley of this book and thought it might go either way as to whether or not this would be a book that I would enjoy. I love listening to music, but I don't play and have no real affinity for or knowledge about different types of guitars. I figured I would start reading it and if I didn't get into it fairly quickly I would put it down. I did not put it down. This book was fascinating. I had no idea about the history of electric guitar...
  • Bob
    The cover headline suggested a hard-nosed duel between Leo Fender and Les Paul. I guess that marketing feels that all history needs to be viewed through a competitive lens to sell books today. Happily, this is a straightforward history of the development of electric guitars and basses (and some of the iconic amplifiers), the inventors who developed them, and the players who popularized them, from about 1945 to 1970. I loved it, undiminished by ha...
  • Blakecriswell
    I just finished a free galley copy, and let me say, this book ROCKS! I've read very few non-fiction works that read like a page-turning novel. I simply could not put this book down. The real life story of Leo Fender and Les Paul is so captivating that it nearly seems fictitious. I'd highly recommend this to anyone with even a modicum of interest in the roots of rock n roll.
  • 约翰 胡
    An absolute page turner, filled with great stories of the men and women who invented the electric guitar and those that used them to create the brand-new sound that defined the late 20th century. A must-read for fans of music or American history.
  • Lori
    If you enjoy history and rock music, this book will be an enjoyable read.