Les Paul exhibit to open in Wisconsin hometown

The man who helped pave the way for rock

MGN Online

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - The man who helped pave the way for rock 'n' roll is finally getting a permanent exhibit in his Wisconsin hometown, after more than a decade in the making.

Les Paul himself had a hand in creating "Les Paul: The Wizard of Waukesha" at the Waukesha County Museum, which opens Sunday.

Paul created the first solid-body electric guitar and developed technology and recording techniques that set the standard in the industry like tape echo, multitrack recordings and overdubs.

He picked some items to lend to the museum, wrote a personal $25,000 check and even played a concert to raise $100,000 before he died in 2009.

His son, Rusty Paul, says his dad wanted a permanent exhibit to reach the generations who don't know him.

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