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The Electric Guitar : A History of an American Icon - Andre Millard

The Electric Guitar

A History of an American Icon

By: Andre Millard (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 20th July 2004
ISBN: 9780801878626
Number Of Pages: 248
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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, AndrA(c) 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.

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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 This is a rich, complex exploration of the subject. Choice

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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ISBN: 9780801878626
ISBN-10: 0801878624
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 20th July 2004
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.73

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