Lisa Johnson fell in love with melody and imagery as a result of growing up in an artistic family. She ultimately pursued a career in photography, which includes ten successful years at Eastman Kodak Co. Upon encountering a vintage guitar shop owner in Memphis, Tennessee, however, Johnson began to photograph guitars exclusively. She has resided in both Memphis and New York City, but now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Les Paul (1915-2009) was an innovator of the guitar industry, whether as a musician, inventor, or recording artist. In 1941, he built his first solid-body electric guitar and continued to refine this prototype over the years. Through his meticulous work, Les Paul shaped the modern understanding of rock and roll and influenced author Lisa S. Johnson in his backstage conversations with her after his shows. Les Paul died in Mahwah, New Jersey in 2009.