This is the story of how Les Paul created the world's first solid- body electric guitar, countless other inventions that changed modern music, and one truly epic career in rock and roll. How to make a microphone? A broomstick, a cinderblock, a telephone, a radio. How to make an electric guitar? A record player's arm, a speaker, some tape. How to make a legendary inventor? A few tools, a lot of curiosity, and an endless faith in what is possible. Featuring richly detailed, dynamic illustrations by Brett Helquist, this unforgettable biography will resonate with inventive readers young and old.
“An exuberant introduction to a musician and
“Les Paul was an innovator and musical force
for the ages-he changed the world in a very real way. His story is a lesson
from which kids of all ages can derive inspiration”. – Billy Gibbons, lead guitarist of ZZ Top.
A Junior Library Guild
“The engaging narrative, breezy in tone, is
paired with Brett Helquist’s brilliant illustrations.”—Nonfiction Detectives
“Text and illustrations radiate exuberance and
joy…A strong addition to inspire would-be inventors, and an excellent choice
for STEM programs and biography collections.” —School Library Journal