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Building New Banjos for an Old-Time World, Paperback / softback Book

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
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  • Category: Folk & traditional music
  • ISBN: 9780252082849

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