Steel Drums and Steelbands : A History, Hardback Book

Steel Drums and Steelbands : A History Hardback


Steel Drums and Steelbands: A History is a vivid account of the events that led to the "accidental" invention of the steel drum: the only acoustic musical instrument invented in the 20th century.

Angela Smith walks readers through the evolution of the steel drum from an object of scorn and tool of violence to one of the most studied, performed, and appreciated musical instruments today.

Smith explores the development of the modern steelband, from its roots in African slavery in early Trinidad to the vast array of experiments in technological innovation and to the current explosion of steelbands in American schools.

The book offers insights directly from major contributors of the steelband movement with sections devoted exclusively to pioneers and innovators.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 24 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
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  • Category: Percussion instruments
  • ISBN: 9780810883420

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