Building New Banjos for an Old-Time World Paperback / softback
Part of the Folklore Studies in Multicultural World series
Banjo music possesses a unique power to evoke a bucolic, simpler past.
The artisans who build banjos for old-time music stand at an unusual crossroads "asked to meet the modern musician's needs while retaining the nostalgic qualities so fundamental to the banjo's sound and mystique.
Richard Jones-Bamman ventures into workshops and old-time music communities to explore how banjo builders practice their art.
His interviews and long-time personal immersion in the musical culture shed light on long-overlooked aspects of banjo making.
What is the banjo builder's role in the creation of a specific musical community?
What techniques go into the styles of instruments they create?
Jones-Bamman explores these questions and many others while sharing the ways an inescapable sense of the past undergirds the performance and enjoyment of old-time music.
Along the way he reveals how antimodernism remains integral to the music's appeal and its making.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press
- Publication Date: 11/09/2017
- Category: Folk & traditional music
- ISBN: 9780252082849
- Hardback from £64.45