How the transformation of the guitar remade rock n’ roll

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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”

Host:
Madeleine Brand

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