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African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia Study Folk Traditions

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ISBN-10: 0870498932

ISBN-13: 9780870498930

Edition: 1995

Authors: Cecelia Conway

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Throughout the Upland South, the  banjo has become an emblem of white mountain folk, who are generally credited with creating the short-thumb-string banjo, developing its downstroking playing styles and repertory, and spreading its influence to the national consciousness. In this groundbreaking study, however, Cecelia Conway demonstrates that these European Americans borrowed the banjo from African Americans and adapted it to their own musical culture. Like many aspects of the African-American tradition, the influence of black banjo music has been largely unrecorded and nearly forgotten—until now.Drawing in part on interviews with elderly African-American banjo players from the…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication date: 12/20/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Introduction: Griots of Piedmont North Carolina and Portrait of Songster Will Baldwin
Signifying at the Crossroads: African-American Traditions of the Folk Banjo
The Ritual of Minstrelsy: Some Were Buffoons, but Others Were Apprentices
Mountain Echoes of the African Banjo
The Banjo: Its Changing Form, Construction, and Use
The Transmission of Playing Methods and Tunings
The Banjo Song Genre: Dink Roberts's Man-against-the-Law Songs
"Garfield": A Man against the Law, but a Man with a Community
Appendix: Reports of Black Banjo Players and Their Instruments in the United States before 1860
Selected Bibliography
Song Title Index
Subject Index