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America's Instrument: The Banjo in the Nineteenth-Century

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This handsome illustrated history traces the transformation of the banjo from primitive folk instrument to sophisticated musical machine and, in the process, offers a unique view of the music business in nineteenth-century America.

Philip Gura and James Bollman chart the evolution of "America's instrument," the five-stringed banjo, from its origins in the gourd instruments of enslaved Africans brought to the New World in the seventeenth century through its rise to the very pinnacle of American popular culture at the turn of the twentieth century. Throughout, they look at how banjo craftsmen and manufacturers developed, built, and marketed their products to an American public immersed in the production and consumption of popular music.

With over 250 illustrations—including rare period photographs, minstrel broadsides, sheet music covers, and banjo tutors and tune books— America's Instrument brings to life a fascinating aspect of American cultural history.

Synopsis:

A landmark publication.

Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society America's Instrument lavishly details the banjo from the pegface to tailpiece hanger bolt.

Journal of American History A clear and extremely detailed account of the banjo in nineteenth-century America.

American Historical Review [This book] makes it clear that the banjo is an essential constituent of what Greil Marcus once called 'that old, weird America.

Times Literary Supplement We are given not only the rich history of the banjo but also a remarkable study of the American marketplace.

Southern Cultures

Synopsis:

An illustrated history of 'America•s instrument," the five-stringed banjo, from its origins in the gourd instruments of enslaved Africans to the sophisticated musical machine so loved by Americans at the turn of the 20th century.

About the Author

Philip F. Gura is William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an old-time music enthusiast. James F. Bollman is co-owner and manager of the Music Emporium in Lexington, Massachusetts. He plays clawhammer banjo and has been collecting and researching banjos and banjo-related ephemera for more than thirty years.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface

A Note on Early Photography

Introduction

1. From the Plantation to the Stage: Bringing the Banjo to Market

2. An Expanding Market: The Dobson Brothers and the Rise of Banjo Culture

3. Selling the Banjo to All America: Philadelphia's S. S. Stewart

4. Manufacturing the Real Thing: Fairbanks, Cole, and the Golden Age of Boston Banjo Making

Conclusion

Glossary

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Selections of color illustrations follow pages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807824849
Author:
Gura, Philip F.
Author:
Bollman, James F.
Author:
lman, James F.
Author:
Bol
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill, NC :
Subject:
History
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Strings
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Banjo
Subject:
Bluegrass
Subject:
Banjo -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Country & Bluegrass - General
Subject:
Musical Instruments - General
Subject:
folk instrument; music business; 19th-century America; gourd instruments; Africa; popular culture; craftsmen; manufacturers; marketing; popular music; rare period photographs; cultural history
Subject:
Banjo - United States - History -
Subject:
folk instrument
Subject:
music business
Subject:
19th-century America
Subject:
gourd instruments
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
craftsmen
Subject:
Manufacturers
Subject:
Marketing
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
rare period photographs
Subject:
Cultural History
Subject:
Music-Strings
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
11.25 x 7.5 in 45.12 oz

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Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Country and Bluegrass
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Folk » Folk and Traditional
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruments » General
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruments » Strings
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century

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Product details 400 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807824849 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A landmark publication.

Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society America's Instrument lavishly details the banjo from the pegface to tailpiece hanger bolt.

Journal of American History A clear and extremely detailed account of the banjo in nineteenth-century America.

American Historical Review [This book] makes it clear that the banjo is an essential constituent of what Greil Marcus once called 'that old, weird America.

Times Literary Supplement We are given not only the rich history of the banjo but also a remarkable study of the American marketplace.

Southern Cultures

"Synopsis" by , An illustrated history of 'America•s instrument," the five-stringed banjo, from its origins in the gourd instruments of enslaved Africans to the sophisticated musical machine so loved by Americans at the turn of the 20th century.
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