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The Life and Work of Lloyd Allayre Loar

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Roger Siminoff's research on Lloyd Loar spans more than 50 years and includes his interactions with such notable resources as Gibson historian Julius Bellson, Gibson past president Ted McCarty, Lloyd's widow Bertha, and many more. The 200-page text is accompanied by more than 300 photographs including instruments and documents, some never before published. The story begins with Loar's birth in Cropsey, Illinois and explores his work as a young musician, his relationship with Sally Fisher Shipp (Lloyd's first wife), his time overseas supporting the American Expeditionary Forces during WWI, his work at Gibson including why and when he left, his work with publishers, Loar's professorship at Northwestern University, the development and demise of his ViVi-Tone product line, Lloyd's second wife Bertha, Loar's consulting projects with instrument manufacturers, his method books and musical scores, his involvement with the Virzi Tone Producer, Loar's personal instruments, and his patents. The first-ever detailed roadmap of Lloyd Loar's life and work from his birth in 1886 to his death in 1943.

Foreward by George Gruhn

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• 8-1/2˝ x 11˝
• 206 pages, hard bound
• 322 photographs

• 1 pound 10 ounces