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Les Paul Documentary Marks Anniversary of the Guitar Great's Passing

Plus: Revisit the 'Rolling Stone' coverage of Paul

August 13, 2010 6:32 PM ET

One year ago today, Les Paul, the father of the electric guitar, passed away at age 94. He’s not forgotten: The New York jazz club Iridium — where Paul had weekly performances — continues to host tribute nights once a week. And on August 26th, CNN International will pay tribute to Paul with the documentary Les Paul: the Original Guitar Hero. The program will focus on his contributions to rock & roll through interviews with Paul McCartney, Slash and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. "Les was the great innovator, the great experimenter," McCartney said in a statement.

Revisit Rolling Stone’s Les Paul coverage in our archives:

Les Paul in his own words: Hear his last Rolling Stone interview.
Les Paul in RS's list of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time
David Fricke on Jeff Beck's scorching Les Paul tribute show.
Les Paul: Revisit the guitar great's life in photos.
Gibson's CEO remembers Les Paul, "The Father of the Modern Guitar."
Les Paul remembered: Guitar greats on their true hero.
Les Paul: Guitar legend dies at 94.
Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora remembers Les Paul.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

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