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"American Masters" Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007)

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Original Air Date:
11 July 2007 (Season 21, Episode 3)
The Authorized biography of Les Paul, " The Wizard of Waukesha". The name Les Paul is synonymous with the electric guitar... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
John Paulson 
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James Arntz  writer

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James Arntz .... producer
Glenn Aveni .... executive producer
Meg Farrage .... field producer
Prudence Glass .... series producer
Susan Lacy .... executive producer
Julie Sacks .... supervising producer
Cinematography by
John Paulson 
Erich Roland 
Film Editing by
John Paulson 
Art Direction by
Ricardo Andrade 
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Pamela S. Aveni .... production manager
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Bob Sullivan .... sound recordist
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Billy Woodward .... animator
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Kevin Barker .... assistant on-line editor
Jef Huey .... on-line editor
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Terri L. Evans .... production assistant
Nicole London .... production coordinator
Jim McDonnell .... footage researcher
Melissa Narvaez .... production assistant

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USA:90 min

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A very nice film for the average me., 19 October 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I am certainly ignorant when it comes to music. Unlike my love for films, I have a lot to learn about the music world, so I really was happy I saw this biography (of sorts) about Les Paul. Now of course I've heard of him, know he was a great guitarist and had guitars named after him...but aside from that my knowledge is pretty scant on the man--which is a shame considering what an innovator he is. Quite simply, rock 'n roll wouldn't exist or at least would have taken a very different route getting there without him.

Paul was in his 90s when this film was made and he was in amazingly good health and spirits. Seeing him up on stage playing with many greats was inspiring because of this. And, because of this, he was able to tell his own life story during much of the film. Some of the many amazing things he did was come up with the electric guitar, popularize multitracking and played just about every genre of music there was--pop, jazz, the blues and perhaps even classical! He was amazingly versatile. And, although he didn't appear to need the money, he continued to work and be very productive. Apparently this came from good genes, as they showed film of him at his mother's 100th birthday (she lived an additional year)!

While all this is VERY fascinating and inspiring, the film was not perfect. When it came to his personal life, the film was a bit scant. It played more like a tribute with some biographical details--not a true biography. His first marriage was never mentioned and the breakup of his marriage to Mary Ford was only mentioned in passing--and should have been explained. And, his relationships in the last four decades of his life aren't talked about at all. Still, for a novice like me, it was an exceptional program and a nice tribute to a fascinating man. Oh, and if you get a chance to see it, get a load of the hat he's wearing while he's playing the song "Vaya Con Dios" with his then wife, Mary.

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