Friday, August 14, 2009

never the Les

Guitar pioneer Les Paul died yesterday in New York. No Hendrix-style early checking out for him, though, as he was a pretty respectable and slightly un-rock'n'roll 94 years old. An innovative studio technician and guitarist in his own right, he's most famous for the iconic Gibson guitar that bears his name. No self-respecting rock god should be without it - here's Neil Young and Jimmy Page strangling Les Pauls; other notable players can be found by clicking on the image in this article.

Apparently it was pneumonia that saw him off in the end - I suppose it's somehow appropriate that his final message to the world should have been an extended "catarrh solo", hahahaha. Thank you, I'm here all week.

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