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The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age (American Made Music) [Hardcover]

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The Guitar in America offers a history of the instrument from America's late Victorian period to the jazz age. The opening chapter traces the guitar's use in this country from the Colonial era up to the 1880s. The narrative continues with America's BMG (banjo, mandolin, and guitar) community, a late nineteenth-century musical and commercial movement dedicated to introducing these instruments into America's elite musical establishments.

Using surviving BMG magazines, the author details an almost unknown history of the guitar during the movement's heyday, tracing the guitar's transformation from a refined parlor instrument to a mainstay in jazz and popular music. In the process, he not only introduces musicians (including numerous women guitarists) who led the movement, but also examines new techniques and instruments. Chapters consider the BMG movement's impact on jazz and popular music, the use of the guitar to promote attitudes towards women and minorities, and the challenges foreign guitarists such as Miguel Llobet and Andres Segovia presented to America's musicians.

This volume opens a new chapter on the guitar in America, considering its cultivated past and documenting how banjoists and mandolinists aligned their instruments to it in an effort to raise social and cultural standing. At the same time, the book considers the BMG community within America's larger musical scene, examining its efforts as manifestations of this country's uneasy coupling of musical art and commerce.

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Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   University Press of Mississippi
ISBN  1934110183  
ISBN13  9781934110188  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeffrey J. Noonan, associate professor of music at Southeast Missouri State University, has performed professionally on classical guitar, Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, and theorbo for over twenty-five years. His articles have appeared in "Soundboard" and "NYlon Review".

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Important Book Plows New Ground in Guitar History  Feb 16, 2008
I've been reading books and magazines about the guitar for over 40 years. At this stage I thought I knew it all. NOT TRUE! Doctor Jeffrey Noonan's new book 'The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age' plows lots of new ground. Noonan analyzed Banjo Mandolin and Guitar magazines from the 19th century up to the 1930's. Dr. Noonan not only reveals great musicians I have never heard of, but how the American Guitar and guitar technique developed. A chapter on William Foden and Vahdah Olcott-Bickford are included. Noonan makes the reader understand how Sor, Mertz and others were played in America long before Segovia made his 1928 debut. This book is a must read for any serious student of the history of Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, or American music in General. The pictures in the book are way-cool! I recommend this book without reservation or qualification. 5 stars out of 5!

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