From the Library: A Tribute to Les Paul

Three days ago, on August 13, 2009 one of the most impor­tant men in 20th cen­tu­ry music passed away. Les Paul was 94, a gui­tar leg­end and a bril­liant inno­va­tor respon­si­ble for major advances in music record­ing and pro­duc­tion. Trib­utes are pour­ing in from the great­est liv­ing gui­tarists today. The inno­va­tions Les made in the cre­ation and devel­op­ment of the elec­tric gui­tar made the entire genre of Rock and Roll music pos­si­ble.

Today’s pro­gram on Radio Riel fea­tures the music of Les Paul, as well as oth­er gui­tarists, play­ing both elec­tric and acoustic gui­tars. We are also proud to fea­ture actu­al record­ings of The Les Paul Show, which was a radio pro­gram in the 1940s.

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://main.radioriel.org . Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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