November 11, 2008

Guitar Legend Les Paul to Speak At American Music Masters Conference Saturday, Nov. 15

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Guitar legend Les Paul will be on the Case Western Reserve University campus for a day-long symposium focused on his life and work. Paul, whose works are being lauded during the 13th annual American Music Masters series this week, will talk about his career and legacy on Saturday, November 15, during "Rock and Roll Retrospective: The Les Paul Phenomenon." The "father of the electric guitar," Paul revolutionized the recording industry and his performance technique continues to inspire countless guitarists, from Eric Clapton and The Who's Pete Townshend to college students jamming on the Les Paul model controller for the popular video game Guitar Hero.

The American Music Masters Conference, hosted by Case Western Reserve University's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities in conjunction with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Gibson Guitars, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wolstein Research Building, 2103 Cornell Road. The Retrospective is part of a week-long series of films, lectures, educational programs and concerts celebrating Paul (Complete Schedule). Tickets are $30 and available online through Ticketmaster. Case Western Reserve students can register online to attend for free, and enter a raffle to win a Les Paul guitar.

In addition to Les Paul, presenters at the event will include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Ventures, Ideastream's David C. Barnett; keynote speaker Steve Waksman; author Robb Lawrence and Gibson Guitar chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. To learn more about the American Music Masters series and the 2008 events, or to register for the conference, visit the Web site or call (216) 368-6280.

13th Annual American Music Masters Conference
"Rock and Roll Retrospective: The Les Paul Phenomenon"

Schedule of events (subject to change)

  • 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
  • Keynote Lecture by Steve Waksman, associate professor of music and American Studies at Smith College and author of Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience

  • 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • "Telling Les Paul's Story" a panel discussion with:

  • Bob Cutarella, producer of Les Paul & Friends: American Made, World Played
  • Robb Lawrence, author of The Early Years of The Les Paul Legacy 1915-1963
  • Glenn Aveni, producer of Les Paul-Chasing Sound!, and
  • John Paulson, director of Les Paul-Chasing Sound!
  • 11:15-11:45 a.m.
  • Les Paul on the Radio

  • Ideastream's David C. Barnett discusses Les Paul's work for radio
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
  • Lunch featuring a performance by members of the Case Western Reserve Jazz Band

  • 1:15-1:45 p.m.
  • The Gibson Sound

  • Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar, discusses the long history of Gibson and the company's more than 50-year history with Les Paul—highlighting the guitar that bears Paul's name.
  • 2:00-2:45 p.m.
  • Guitar Clinic with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Ventures

  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Les Paul in discussion with the audience

About the American Music MastersĀ® series The American Music Masters series, a co-production of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of American culture. Each year, the series explores the legacy of one of those pioneering figures in a range of events that includes museum exhibits, lectures, films, a major conference and a tribute concert benefiting the Rock Hall's education department. Drawing together experts, artists, fans and friends, these events aim to provide new perspectives on some of the most beloved and influential musicians of the past century.

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 11, 2008 09:00 AM | News Topics: Arts & Entertainment, College of Arts and Sciences, Events, HeadlinesMain, news

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