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Les Paul: Chasing Sound

Chasing Sound

IN MEMORIAM: LES PAUL 1915 – 2009 THE WIZARD OF WAUKESHA By Dave Tianen reprinted with permission from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel New York – For decades, arthritis has slowly devoured the talent in Les Paul’s hands. The right essentially has become a stiff claw. The ring and pinkie are all that is usable on […]

Les Paul: Chasing Sound

Filmmaker Interview – John Paulson

Director/producer John Paulson has made numerous films on music, fine and performing arts, history and the cultural traditions of the world. With AMERICAN MASTERS Les Paul: Chasing Sound, he turns his attention to an extraordinary musician and inventor. The film premieres Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Below, Paulson […]

Les Paul: Chasing Sound

Career Timeline

“The Wizard of Waukesha” took up his first instrument, a harmonica, at age eight. By 13, he was performing. His incredible trajectory is thoroughly explored in AMERICAN MASTERS Les Paul: Chasing Sound. Here are some highlights from his life and career. 1915 Lester William Polfuss is born June 9 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to parents George […]