In the summer of 2003, I had the privilege of attending an interview with Les Paul, the legendary guitarist and inventor who passed away yesterday at the age of '94.
The occasion might be described at the "Induction of The Log" into the Country Music Hall of Fame. "The Log" is the guitar that Les Paul built from a 4x4 fence-post and the body of an Epiphone guitar in 1939. This is essentially the precursor of the first solid-body electric guitars.
In 2003,Les Paul donated "The Log" to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN, where it now resides alongside Mother Maybell Carter's Gibson L5 and other inconic instruments of music history. Concurrent with the donation, Les Paul visited the Hall and conducted an hour-long interview discussing his career as both a musician and seminal innovator of music technology.
These were some of the very first photos I shot with a digital SLR - a Nikon D100 that I picked up in the summer of 2003.Les Paul & "The Log" - July, 2003 - Images ©2009 Ann & Paul Schatzkin