The legendary Les Paul, father of the solid-body electric guitar, inventor of overdubbing and multi-track recording, king of the '50s pop charts, rock 'n' roll pioneer, tells his own rags-to-riches story in "Chasing Sound: Les Paul At 90," a performance-documentary by filmmakers John Paulson and James Arnts.
The film, to be distributed by Koch Vision, will debut on DVD August 14th, following its July 11th national TV premiere on the PBS "American Masters" series.
With the help of B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Beck and Tony Bennett, along with industry pioneer Ahmet Ertegun, Les Paul narrates his life story in this new documentary. The soundtrack features his "greatest hits" with rare and exclusive performances by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Elvis Presley and many others.
The "Chasing Sound: Les Paul At 90" DVD will contain over 90 minutes of bonus material exclusive to the home video and not part of the "American Masters" program. Included will be extended footage of Les at his 90th Birthday Celebration jamming with notable guests: Tony Bennett, Keith Richards, Steve Miller, Tommy Emmanuel, Merle Haggard, Kay Starr, Chet Atkins, and others, recorded live at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.
Also included will be a discussion with Paul about his pioneering inventions, a featurette about Gibson Guitars and the Les Paul model that made the company famous, and rare television appearances from the early '50s.
The film will be presented in widescreen with audio in English (Dolby 5.1).
The Suggested Retail Price will be $24.98.