It offers historical context surrounding the banjo through the ages from its place in victorian parlors and speakeasies through its role in the folk boom of the 1950s and 1960s to its place in the hands of songwriter john hartford and comedian steve martin folk jazz bluegrass country and rock the banjo has played an important part in all of these genres lavishly illustrated and . This book offers the first comprehensive illustrated history of the banjo in its many forms it traces the story of the instrument from its roots in west africa to its birth in the americas through its coming of age in the industrial revolution and beyond. Start your review of banjo an illustrated history write a review apr 10 2019 altivo overo rated it really liked it recommends it for musicians shelves music comprehensive history is lavishly illustrated with photo examples of early to modern instruments and interspersed with notes about individual makers and performers makes a pretty coffee table book for idle browsing but the . Banjo an illustrated history is a major achievement and should be accorded a prominent place on every banjo players bookshelf or coffee table it just may inspire an entire generation those who already play banjo will want to learn more about it and those who have never even though about the instrument may well feel the urge to take it up banjo newsletter about the author bob . Get this from a library banjo an illustrated history bob carlin the banjo is emblematic of american country music and it is at the core of other important musical movements including jazz and ragtime the instrument has been adopted by many cultures and has
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