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The Electric Guitar


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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

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Andre Millard is the director of American studies and a professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of America On Record: A History of Recorded Sound and Edison and the Business of Invention, the latter available from Johns Hopkins.


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

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