In the late
1950s, John Coltrane's career was poised to crash land even before it really took off. He had a reputation as a slacker
underachiever; he was addicted to heroin; Miles Davis even kicked him out of his band. Then came a spiritual awakening, that not only saved his life, but gave birth to a music that would change jazz forever.
Les Paul used to joke that people were suprised to learn he was a person—not a guitar. But his invention of the Gibson Les Paul electric guitar is just one feather in the cap of a man who transformed 20th-century
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