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Out of the Frying Pan

Series examining the history of the guitar. The world's first electric guitar had nothing to do with jazz or blues, but evolved from Hawaiian-style music.

Alan Yentob presents a three-part series examining how the guitar became the world's favourite musical instrument.

As the guitar turns electric, music is changed for ever. The world's first electric guitar had nothing to do with jazz or blues, but Hawaiian-style music and was known as the 'frying pan'.

Yentob continues his investigation from the blues of the Mississippi to the guitar wars of the 1950s, when the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul were battling for supremacy.

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Alan Yentob
Producer Roger Parsons
Executive Producer Janet Lee
Participant Dave Gilmour
Participant Pete Townshend

Broadcasts

  • Sun 12 Oct 2008 22:20
  • Sun 12 Oct 2008 23:20
  • Fri 17 Oct 2008 23:30
  • Sat 29 Jan 2011 02:15