Banjo Hangout Logo
Banjo Hangout Logo

Premier Sponsors

452
Banjo Lovers Online


Page: 1  2   Last Page (2) 

Sep 5, 2017 - 10:25:47 AM
like this

frailin Players Union Member

USA

6583 posts
Joined Oct 26, 2005

Published on Sep-05-2017 10:15am


Springfield, Ill. — University of Illinois Press has announced a
September 15, publication date for 
Building New Banjos for an Old-Time World,
by Richard Jones-Bamman.


 

Jones-Bamman ventures into workshops and old-time music communities to explore how banjo builders practice their art. His interviews and long-time personal immersion in the musical culture shed light on long-overlooked aspects of banjo making.

What is the banjo builder’s role in the creation of a specific musical community? What techniques go into the styles of instruments they create?

Jones-Bamman explores these questions and many others while sharing the ways an inescapable sense of the past undergirds the performance and enjoyment of old-time music.

Along the way he reveals how antimodernism remains integral to the music’s appeal and its making. He also delves into the omission of African Americans — the originators of the banjo — from both the instrument's popular history and the nostalgia engendered by the music, and the role contemporary banjo builders are playing to rectify this situation.
 

"The issues raised by Jones-Bamman and the information he provides to aid in their discussion have never been brought together in one volume. A significant addition to the literature."

— Bob Carlin, author of Banjo: An Illustrated History

About the Author

Richard Jones-Bamman is emeritus professor of music at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Additional Information
 

*****

Congrats, Richard!!

 

Edited by - frailin on 09/05/2017 10:42:57

Sep 5, 2017 - 12:27:50 PM
like this

641 posts
Joined Mar 23, 2006

Thanks for this post.  I really enjoy different perspectives on the place of the banjo in our world.  Just pre-ordered from Amazon: $9 for the hardcover and $23 for the paperback (???)  Of course, I ordered the hardcover. It might be a pricing error, but I am counting on Jeff Bezos to stand by his web pages. 8-)   -- Howard

Sep 5, 2017 - 3:26:32 PM
likes this

kwl Players Union Member

USA

447 posts
Joined Mar 5, 2009

I hope they honor that price Howard. The University of Illinois Press has the hardcover at $95.00. I think someone at Amazon left off a "5" before the decimal point and two zeros. Since the University Press lists the paperback at $27.95, the $23 dollar price is a good one.

Craig, thank you for sharing this information.

Sep 5, 2017 - 4:21:17 PM
like this

Paul R

Canada

9670 posts
Joined Jan 28, 2010

And he's a BHO member - Banjers51.

I like the part of the description that goes: "He also delves into the omission of African Americans — the originators of the banjo — from both the instrument's popular history and the nostalgia engendered by the music, and the role contemporary banjo builders are playing to rectify this situation."

Sep 7, 2017 - 8:41:25 AM

ScottK Players Union Member

USA

1494 posts
Joined Apr 1, 2005

Thanks for the heads up, Craig. Just ordered a copy.

Congrats, Richard! Can't wait to read it.

Cheers, Scott

Sep 7, 2017 - 10:04:57 AM

3611 posts
Joined Sep 21, 2007

quote:
Originally posted by Paul R
 

And he's a BHO member - Banjers51.

I like the part of the description that goes: "He also delves into the omission of African Americans — the originators of the banjo — from both the instrument's popular history and the nostalgia engendered by the music, and the role contemporary banjo builders are playing to rectify this situation."


I wonder what he means by that? 

Sep 7, 2017 - 12:49:02 PM

385 posts
Joined Oct 21, 2012

I expect to get an email from Amazon at some point that explains that the price was a goof.

Sep 7, 2017 - 3:52:56 PM

Boadicea Players Union Member

Australia

127 posts
Joined Jun 28, 2014
Online Now

Sounds like a deeply interesting book! I learn about how much I have to learn on the BHO! 
 

Sep 7, 2017 - 7:07:48 PM

564 posts
Joined Dec 8, 2014

I ordered one, too.  We'll see about the price from Amazon.  Dave L.

Sep 8, 2017 - 10:24:51 AM

955 posts
Joined Mar 17, 2007

As of today, it's still $9.

Sep 8, 2017 - 4:29:30 PM
like this

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

20707 posts
Joined Jun 25, 2005

I've known Richard for forty-plus years.  Nice guy and a superb banjo player.

Sep 9, 2017 - 4:29:44 AM

5314 posts
Joined Jun 24, 2006

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul R
 

And he's a BHO member - Banjers51.

I like the part of the description that goes: "He also delves into the omission of African Americans — the originators of the banjo — from both the instrument's popular history and the nostalgia engendered by the music, and the role contemporary banjo builders are playing to rectify this situation."


I wonder what he means by that? 


You'll have to buy the book to find out. big

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:19:32 PM

50 posts
Joined Nov 29, 2014

Apparently the book is shipping from Amazon. I am supposed to get mine Tuesday...

Oct 13, 2017 - 11:00:35 PM

5422 posts
Joined Mar 11, 2006

I received my copy a couple of weeks ago.
If I could only have three books in my banjo library it would be one of them.

Edited by - R.D. Lunceford on 10/13/2017 23:07:15

Oct 14, 2017 - 6:04 PM

corbs

USA

3 posts
Joined Nov 13, 2011

The price also jumped to $95. Glad I ordered when I did!

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:46:33 PM

Wyozark

USA

381 posts
Joined Dec 2, 2012

If R. D. says it is one of his must-have books, that is good enough for me. I've ordered other books on his recommendation. Going to do the same on this one tomorrow. (Have some "birthday present money" to spend....) ~ Wyozark

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:31:30 PM

564 posts
Joined Dec 8, 2014

Has anyone actually received a copy at the $9.50 price? Amazon says that mine was shipped, but the book is three days overdue, and they've missed as many delivery date promises. I have a bad feeling about this. Dave L.

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:06:13 PM

corbs

USA

3 posts
Joined Nov 13, 2011

I received the hardback at the $9 price on Monday, a day earlier than it was supposed arrive!

Oct 19, 2017 - 5:02:53 AM

10 posts
Joined May 26, 2007

I got my copy at $9 as well. Enjoying it!

 

BTW: Did you listen to the author interview on the Fretboard Journal podcast? https://www.fretboardjournal.com/podcast/podcast-168-laura-baird-richard-jones-bamman/

Edited by - larrydata on 10/19/2017 05:06:10

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:28:37 AM

564 posts
Joined Dec 8, 2014

OK. I still have hope that mine will arrive today. Dave L.

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:36:56 AM
likes this

564 posts
Joined Dec 8, 2014

My book came today. Dave L.

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:09:27 PM
likes this

ScottK Players Union Member

USA

1494 posts
Joined Apr 1, 2005

quote:
Originally posted by larrydata

I got my copy at $9 as well. Enjoying it!

BTW: Did you listen to the author interview on the Fretboard Journal podcast? https://www.fretboardjournal.com/podcast/podcast-168-laura-baird-richard-jones-bamman/


Hey Larry, thanks for the link to the Fretboard Journal podcast.  I really enjoyed the interview.

Scott

Oct 24, 2017 - 5:46:54 AM
likes this

Helix Players Union Member

USA

10410 posts
Joined Aug 30, 2006

Thank you , Craig, top down in a hardtop world. Is that gray hair?

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:26:59 AM

Wyozark

USA

381 posts
Joined Dec 2, 2012

Received my copy (paperback). Good book to read just before going to sleep.

R.D. - You may have listed them before, but what are the other two books that you would keep in your banjo library?

Oct 24, 2017 - 8:20:10 AM

3611 posts
Joined Sep 21, 2007

I got my $9 copy too.

I am not that far into it but so far I have been enjoying it. I might write a complete review for the "5-Stringer" newsletter.

One of my criticisms is that in the history section there is not one original source reference used. He seems to have based his entire history on Conway, Lynn, and Bollman/Gura. While those are good books, a huge volume of reference materials has become available since they were published rendering some (and in some cases, a lot) of the contained info obsolete.

His insistence of referring to something called "The Parlor Era" has me a little confused as well as the reference to a repertoire of "light classical" music. I had to google "light classical" and found a wiki article on it. That description is a big stretch and puts a slant on the Classic Banjo era.

It was after reading about his "parlor era" that I added this bit of fun to a different discussion.

banjohangout.org/topic/335919/

I am looking forward to getting into the real point of the book. The author is already alluding to something I have been writing on the BHO for a couple of years now, that "old time" music always needed banjos designed specifically for that music and that the classic era banjos used up until recently were a compromise.

The new designs that are tailored specifically for old time styles are a huge improvement over the classic era designs in playability and tone for the intended style.

I am taking my time and enjoying it as a original work on banjos does not come out often. I am hoping that he gets past the recycle of the three aforementioned books and gets into the concept of new old time.

Oct 24, 2017 - 3:37:54 PM

frailin Players Union Member

USA

6583 posts
Joined Oct 26, 2005

Joel Hooks Reach out to Richard if you've questions. You'll enjoy the rapport.
Craig

Page: 1  2   Last Page (2) 

Hangout Network Help

View All Topics  |  View Categories