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.

Credits

Guest:

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