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Guitar Cultures
 

Guitar Cultures (Trade Paperback / Paperback, illustrated edition)

Edited by Bennett, Andy
Edited by Dawe, Kevin

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The guitar is one of the most evocative instruments in the world. This book explores how people use guitars and guitar music in various nations across the world as a musical and symbolic basis for creating identities. Guitars play a crucial part in shaping the commercial music in... read full description below.

ISBN 9781859734346
Published 1 September 2010 by Berg Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9781859734346
ISBN-10 1859734340
Stock Available
Status Available at publisher; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Berg Publishers
Imprint Berg Publishers
Publication Date 1 September 2010
International Publication Date 1 November 2001
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) Edited by Bennett, Andy
Edited by Dawe, Kevin
Category Musical Instruments: String
Electronic Musical Instruments
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 158mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 363g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Guitar, Cross-cultural studies
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 306.484
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The guitar is one of the most evocative instruments in the world. It features in music as diverse as heavy metal, blues, indie and flamenco, as well as Indian classical music, village music making in Papua New Guinea and carnival in Brazil. This cross-cultural popularity makes it a unique starting point for understanding social interaction and cultural identity. Guitar music can be sexy, soothing, melancholy or manic, but it nearly always brings people together and creates a common ground - even if this common ground is often the site of intense social, cultural, economic and political negotiation and contest. This book explores how people use guitars and guitar music in various nations across the world as a musical and symbolic basis for creating identities. In a world where place and space are challenged by the pace of globalization, the guitar provides images, sounds and styles that help define new cultural territories. Guitars play a crucial part in shaping the commercial music industry, educational music programmes, and local community atmosphere. Live or recorded, guitar music and performance, collecting and manufacture sustains a network of varied social exchanges that constitute a distinct cultural milieu. Representing the first sustained analysis of what the guitar means to artists and audiences world-wide, this book demonstrates that this seemingly simple material artefact resonates with meaning as well as music.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Guitar Cultures succeeds admirably in delivering a broad global perspective on the instrument and its place in different cultures. ... Any guitar enthusiast should welcome this book, and discover a wealth of factual information and well grounded argument. I complement the editors and contributors on their initiative and the quality of the publication.'Jon Fitzgerald, Southern Cross University, Lismore

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Author's Bio

Andy Bennett Lecturer in Sociology,University of Surrey Kevin Dawe Lecturer, School of Music, University of Leeds

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