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Sep 5, 2017 - 10:25:47 AM
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frailin Players Union Member

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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.

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Congrats, Richard!!

 

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

Sep 5, 2017 - 12:27:50 PM
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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
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kwl Players Union Member

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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
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Paul R

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Sep 8, 2017 - 10:24:51 AM

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As of today, it's still $9.

Sep 8, 2017 - 4:29:30 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

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

Sep 9, 2017 - 4:29:44 AM

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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

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

Oct 13, 2017 - 11:00:35 PM

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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

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

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