American guitarist Les Paul would have turned 100 years old this week. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on June 9, 1915, Paul became one of the most important figures in popular music during the middle decades of the twentieth century.
When last we were wasting time together, I'd been in London for 13 days during the second half of June, 1970. I'd plunked down the enormous sum of $65.00 U.S. for a pair of wild custom-made boots from the coolest clothes/shoes store in the world, Granny Takes A Trip.
Utterly obsessed fan that I was, I'd decided to sleep out for a full two nights under the marquee of the Fillmore East on 2nd Avenue and East 6th St. to buy tickets for The Who's Final Performance of "Tommy."
I had the pleasure of talking with Hal recently about his career and his passion for guitars. I also found out he's a talented musician. He has performed with Sebastian Bach, Wynonna Judd and Gladys Night. That's pretty serious!
On August 24, agents from the Fish and Wildlife Service raided the facilities of my company, Gibson Guitar. The raid has ignited a furious debate around a seminal environmental protection statute -- the Lacey Act.
The business logic for protecting nature has always been a harder sell than making the case for other green initiatives. Dow is now tackling this issue, working with The Nature Conservancy to try and make the business logic clearer.