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The electric guitar : a history of an American icon /
edited by André Millard.
imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
description
x, 226 p.
ISBN
0801878624 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
isbn
0801878624 (hardcover : alk. paper)
general note
"The book is drawn from a 1996 symposium on the invention of the electric guitar presented by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Technology, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution"--ECIP data.
catalogue key
5198412
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Andre Millard is the director of American studies and a professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-12-01:
Millard (American studies, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham) has brought together a fascinating array of essays originally delivered as papers at a 1996 Smithsonian Institution symposium titled "Electrified, Amplified, and Deified: The Electric Guitar, Its Makers, and Its Players." In addition to contributing the introduction and conclusion, Millard wrote or cowrote five of the chapters--"Inventing the Electric Guitar," "Solidbody Electric Guitars," "Playing with Power: Technology, Modernity, and the Electric Guitar," "The Guitar Hero," and "Heavy Metal: From Guitar Heroes to Guitar God"--so he can take a significant amount of credit for this book. Other contributors provide an overview of the electric guitar's history and manufacturing complexities, the recording industry, and women guitarists. The last of these explores the complexity of women succeeding in a heavily male dominated business. Each chapter concludes with a list of prime sources, notes, and another short list of other relevant books. Also included are numerous illustrations, some in color, and a separate song title index. This is a rich, complex exploration of the subject and a fitting companion to Steve Waksman's Instruments of Desire (CH, Sep'00). ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections supporting the study of popular music. R. D. Cohen Indiana University Northwest
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Review Quotes
"One will be intrigued by the abundance of tidbits and pieces of little-known guitar-oriented trivia... worthy contribution to historical, sociological, and musicological scholarship."--Daniel J. Simone, Southern Historian
This is a rich, complex exploration of the subject.
"This is a rich, complex exploration of the subject." -- Choice
The Electric Guitar displays tremendous enthusiasm for the guitar and for popular music. It addresses the technological development of the instrument in great detail, and it takes up a number of contextual issues central to understanding the guitar's development as an icon in American culture, including narratives of invention, gender roles and instrumentation, the interplay of independent and corporate business models, and the importance of amateur music making in the United States. Neither esoteric nor overly celebratory, it will appeal to the scholar, the student, and the enthusiast.
"The Electric Guitar displays tremendous enthusiasm for the guitar and for popular music. It addresses the technological development of the instrument in great detail, and it takes up a number of contextual issues central to understanding the guitar's development as an icon in American culture, including narratives of invention, gender roles and instrumentation, the interplay of independent and corporate business models, and the importance of amateur music making in the United States. Neither esoteric nor overly celebratory, it will appeal to the scholar, the student, and the enthusiast." -- Daniel Cavicchi, Rhode Island School of Design
One will be intrigued by the abundance of tidbits and pieces of little-known guitar-oriented trivia... A worthy contribution to historical, sociological, and musicological scholarship.
"One will be intrigued by the abundance of tidbits and pieces of little-known guitar-oriented trivia... A worthy contribution to historical, sociological, and musicological scholarship." -- Southern Historian
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Summaries
Main Description
Since the guitar was first electrified in the 1930s, it has become an American icon and has transformed the soundtrack of our lives with its wide range of sounds -- from seductive twang to howling distortion. Relatively inexpensive, easy to learn, and fun to play, the electric guitar is a truly democratic instrument. Millions have purchased Rickenbackers, Gibsons, Fenders, and other brands of guitars over the decades, fueling daydreams of fame and fortune. In The Electric Guitar: A History of an American Icon, scholars working in American studies, business history, the history of technology, and musicology come together to explore the electric guitar's importance as an invention and its peculiar place in American culture. Documenting the critical and ever-evolving relationship among inventors, craftsmen, musicians, businessmen, music writers, and fans, the contributors look at the guitar not just as an instrument, but as a mass-produced consumer good that changed the sound of popular music and the self image of musicians. Avoiding the familiar stories, The Electric Guitar covers the careers and influence of guitar heroes such as Buddy Holly and Jimi Hendrix, but it also looks at lesser known but equally influential guitarists, such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Ike Turner. It also explains the importance of record producers such as Lee Hazlewood, effects pioneers like Roger Mayer, and electronics engineers such as Jim Marshall -- all of whom played vital parts in constructing the sounds we associate with the electric guitar. From inventor's workbench to factory floor to recording studio, Andr Millard and his colleagues trace the development of the instrument, its use across musical genres, and its profound impact on popular culture and American identity.
Main Description
Since the guitar was first electrified in the 1930s, it has become an American icon and has transformed the soundtrack of our lives with its wide range of sounds -- from seductive twang to howling distortion. Relatively inexpensive, easy to learn, and fun to play, the electric guitar is a truly democratic instrument. Millions have purchased Rickenbackers, Gibsons, Fenders, and other brands of guitars over the decades, fueling daydreams of fame and fortune. In The Electric Guitar: A History of an American Icon , scholars working in American studies, business history, the history of technology, and musicology come together to explore the electric guitar's importance as an invention and its peculiar place in American culture. Documenting the critical and ever-evolving relationship among inventors, craftsmen, musicians, businessmen, music writers, and fans, the contributors look at the guitar not just as an instrument, but as a mass-produced consumer good that changed the sound of popular music and the self image of musicians. Avoiding the familiar stories, The Electric Guitar covers the careers and influence of guitar heroes such as Buddy Holly and Jimi Hendrix, but it also looks at lesser known but equally influential guitarists, such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Ike Turner. It also explains the importance of record producers such as Lee Hazlewood, effects pioneers like Roger Mayer, and electronics engineers such as Jim Marshall -- all of whom played vital parts in constructing the sounds we associate with the electric guitar. From inventor's workbench to factory floor to recording studio, Andr Millard and his colleagues trace the development of the instrument, its use across musical genres, and its profound impact on popular culture and American identity.
Main Description
Since the guitar was first electrified in the 1930s, it has become an American icon and has transformed the soundtrack of our lives with its wide range of sounds -- from seductive twang to howling distortion. Relatively inexpensive, easy to learn, and fun to play, the electric guitar is a truly democratic instrument. Millions have purchased Rickenbackers, Gibsons, Fenders, and other brands of guitars over the decades, fueling daydreams of fame and fortune. In The Electric Guitar: A History of an American Icon, scholars working in American studies, business history, the history of technology, and musicology come together to explore the electric guitar's importance as an invention and its peculiar place in American culture. Documenting the critical and ever-evolving relationship among inventors, craftsmen, musicians, businessmen, music writers, and fans, the contributors look at the guitar not just as an instrument, but as a mass-produced consumer good that changed the sound of popular music and the self image of musicians. Avoiding the familiar stories, The Electric Guitar covers the careers and influence of guitar heroes such as Buddy Holly and Jimi Hendrix, but it also looks at lesser known but equally influential guitarists, such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Ike Turner. It also explains the importance of record producers such as Lee Hazlewood, effects pioneers like Roger Mayer, and electronics engineers such as Jim Marshall -- all of whom played vital parts in constructing the sounds we associate with the electric guitar. From inventor's workbench to factory floor to recording studio, Andre Millard and his colleagues trace the development of the instrument, its use across musical genres, and its profound impact on popular culture and American identity.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: American Iconp. 1
The Music: The Electric Guitar in the American Centuryp. 17
Inventing the Electric Guitarp. 41
Manufacturing: Expansion, Consolidation, and Declinep. 63
Solidbody Electric Guitarsp. 89
Recording: The Search for the Soundp. 105
Playing with Power: Technology, Modernity, and the Electric Guitarp. 123
The Guitar Herop. 143
Heavy Metal: From Guitar Heroes to Guitar Godsp. 163
Women Guitarists: Gender Issues in Alternative Rockp. 181
Conclusion: The Electric Guitar at the Millenniump. 201
List of Contributorsp. 217
Song Title Indexp. 219
General Indexp. 221
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