Marshall Crenshaw may be known for a lot of things, but slacker isn't one of them. Some readers may not be aware of Crenshaw’s portrayal of John Lennon in the off-Broadway hit Beatlemania, but they might remember him as Buddy Holly in the Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba, which starred Lou Diamond Philips.
Beginning tonight -- Monday, August 22 -- with Albert Lee and John Jorgenson's performance with The Les Paul Trio, The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City is giving people around the world a chance to check out what Guitar World magazine calls "the city's — if not the country's — new home of the guitar."
On August 14, the Iridium Jazz Club in New York will air a never-before-broadcast Les Paul memorial show on their Livestream channel. The concert, which was filmed in 2009 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, features Zakk Wylde, Charlie Daniels, Steve Miller and more. Here's an exclusive video of Wylde's performance of Leon Russell's "A Song For You" from that show.
As previously reported, Google marked the 96th birthday of electric guitar innovator Les Paul with an interactive guitar graphic on their homepage. Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello just posted this video of himself wishing Les a happy birthday and then playing the "guitar" on Google's homepage.
Les Paul, the creator of the legendary Gibson guitar that bears his name, would have been 96 years old today. To mark his birthday, Google.com have launched an interactive logo, resembling his famous electric guitar model
When Les Paul passed away at the age of 94 on August 13, 2009, most obituaries overstated a few of his contributions and understated others. Some claimed he invented the electric guitar (he didn’t even invent the solidbody guitar, though he was among the first to experiment with its design) while barely mentioning his pioneering work in the development of multitrack recording. And while many articles mentioned his namesake Gibson Les Paul guitar, few discussed just how great a guitarist he was.
Two decades ago, Guitar World writer Steven Rosen brought together Les Paul and Edward Van Halen for a quick chat. It would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the two great guitar innovators.