Thursday, August 13, 2009

Les Paul: The World Has Lost a Remarkable Innovator and Musician

Les Paul
June 9, 1915 - August 13, 2009 is running snippets of what it calls "The Les Paul Show." You should really go there to check it out. It's snippets of sounds ... Les joking with Mary, bits of Beck, Steve Miller and whoever of the thousands owes this man a debt.

Les Paul
Originally uploaded by BigFrank
Photo by my Flickr mate "Big Frank" Caico ( on August 24, 2008.

Noe the G and the Guitar World crew, composed of John Peden, photographer, Perry Margouleff, guitar maven, Bob Davis, Peter Mengaziol, the techno-wiz, went on a guitar safari to Les Paul's house in Mahwah, NJ, where we got the royal tour of all his wondrous gadgets as we prepared an article about the "Wizard of Waukesha."

In my original post ( I put up this cool performance by Les at the Iridium club in New York City from July 7, 1997 guess what? I was there!!!! you can tell (if you know me) by my distinctive laugh at 1:24 into the track.

I wish I could turn this sad news into a smile. Here is what Les would say to that:


Monday, August 3, 2009


Originally uploaded by Doctor Noe
Right now, at the Fullerton Museum Center (301 N. Pomona Ave, Fullerton Ca. 92832 (714) 738-6545), where Roy Buchanan's Telecaster, which he called Nancy is on exhibit in the Leo Fender Gallery through 2010 in a show called “Solid Design: Leo Fender’s Telecaster,” the current exhibit in the main gallery is “The 100 Worst Album Covers.” You can also find this Beatles album cover along with Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, some Jackie Gleason LPs and more artifacts that may or may not be silly, disgusting or just plain pop culture kitsch. The nice thing about all this -- for me, anyway -- is that it all ties in neatly to my weltanshauung. I am such a weltanshauung kind of guy, you see. That's why they call me Doctor Noe.

You can find my Roy Buchanan Telly Talk DVD constantly playing on the far right of this picture (yup, that's my boy Dylan glued to the tube watching his daddy's creation) ...

Keith Richards photo by John Peden Fender Exhibit: Roy Buchanan's Telecaster 3-22-08