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The banjo : America's African instrument

Author: Laurent Dubois
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016, ©2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
La jaquette indique: "The banjo has been called by many names over its history, but they all refer to the same sound--strings humming over skin--that has eased souls and electrified crowds for centuries. The Banjo invites us to hear that sound afresh in a biography of one of America's iconic folk instruments. Attuned to a rich heritage spanning continents and cultures, Laurent Dubois traces the banjo from humble  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurent Dubois
ISBN: 9780674047846 0674047842
OCLC Number: 974430444
Awards: Nominated for Frederick Douglass Book Prize 2017
Nominated for Woody Guthrie Award 2017
Nominated for Pulitzer Prizes 2017
Nominated for Lawrence W. Levine Award 2017
Nominated for Merle Curti Award 2017
Nominated for New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize 2016
Nominated for Zocalo Public Square Book Prize 2017
Nominated for Francis Parkman Prize 2017
Description: 1 v. (364 p.) : illustrations, jaquette illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Sounding Africa --
The first African instrument --
Three leaves --
The sound of freedom --
The banjo meets blackface --
Rings like silver, shines like gold --
Black banjo --
Sounding America.
Responsibility: Laurent Dubois.


American slaves drew on memories of African musical traditions to construct instruments from carved-out gourds covered with animal skin. Providing a sense of rootedness, solidarity, and consolation,  Read more...


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Dubois illuminates the banjo's complicated cultural history...This lively account is not without surprises. * New Yorker * Dubois attempts to trace the evolution of the modern instrument from its Read more...

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