Les Paul, father of the solid-body electric guitar, inventor of
overdubbing and multi-track recording, king of the ‘50s pop charts
and architect of rock ‘n’ roll, tells his own rags-to-riches story in
a performance-documentary by filmmakers John Paulson and James Arntz,
with a wall-to-wall soundtrack of the greatest hits from "Tiger Rag"
to "My Generation."
A joyous 90th-birthday celebration at the
Iridium Jazz Club and the accolades that follow (induction into
National Inventors Hall of Fame, Grammy-winning “rock duets” album
with Jeff Beck, lifetime achievement award from Songwriters Hall of
Fame) provide the verité framing device for Mr. Paul’s lively
recollections of his remarkable life.
An evocative blend of interviews, vintage
film and television clips, recordings, radio show excerpts, still
photographs, advertising art, personal memorabilia and a rich variety of
stylish location B-roll illustrate Mr. Paul’s narrative and examine his
accomplishments in the distinctive in-depth style of American Masters.
The intricate technology and sensuous
beauty of solid-body electric guitars would not exist without the
contributions of Les Paul. He gave birth to what is now, hands down,
THE most influential instrument in modern American music.
Les Paul has been
“chasing the perfect sound” since his boyhood in Waukesha, Wisconsin, when
he punched new chords into his mother’s piano roll and turned his
bedsprings into a radio antenna which would pull in the raucous jazz
broadcasts from Chicago and the lonesome harmonica from the Grand Old Opry.
Irascible, egotistical, indefatigable, an inveterate tinkerer and
practical joker, he’s the last of that self-educated, brilliantly
innovative generation of musicians and media pioneers who revolutionized
popular music and re-invented the global culture.
At 90, Les Paul is still bursting with curiosity and brimming over with
optimism, exuberance, and unadorned charm that's one-hundred percent
contagious. Les Paul - Chasing Sound! catches it all!