How the transformation of the guitar remade rock n’ roll

The cover of “The Birth of Loud.” Credit: Simon and Schuster.

The guitar once had a hard time making itself heard over louder instruments and noisy dance halls, so it was often relegated to a supporting role. The electric guitar changed all that.


Ian Port - music critic, and author of “The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Rivalry that Shaped Rock N Roll”

Madeleine Brand

Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Caitlin Plummer, Rosalie Atkinson