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Building New Banjos for an Old-Time World

Richard Jones-Bamman


This book addresses the relationship between small-scale banjo makers and the musical community within which they function, specifically groups and individuals interested in the performance and promotion of old-time music, a style deeply invested with nostalgia and a romanticized view of rural American life. Within this environment, banjo builders provide not only instruments that continuously reference a collectively imagined past, but also expand that same conception to include elements that have heretofore been overlooked or purposely ignored, such as blackface minstrelsy and the role this ... More

Keywords: banjo, instrument making, old-time music, musical community, nostalgia, imagined past, blackface minstrelsy, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041303
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Jones-Bamman, author
Eastern Connecticut State University