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Author Troutman, John William.

Title Kīkā kila : how the Hawaiian steel guitar changed the sound of modern music / John W. Troutman.

Publication Info. Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016]


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    787.8709 TRO    Available
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Description ix, 372 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
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Note "Published with the assistance of the Anniversary Fund of the University of North Carolina Press."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-344) and index.
Contents Preface : B.B.'s dreams -- Guitar culture in the Hawaiian Kingdom -- Joseph Kekuku's steel guitar and the era of overthrow -- American debut : the making of the steel guitar craze -- Hawaiian troubadours and the global reach of the kīkā kila -- Holly-Hawaiians, electric guitars, and glass ceilings -- The disappearing of "Hawaiian" from American music -- Banishment, and return : seeking the steel guitar in the Hawaiian renaissance -- Epilogue : remembrance and kuleana.
Summary "Since the nineteenth century, the distinct tones of kīkā kila, the Hawaiian steel guitar, have defined the island sound. Here historian and steel guitarist John W. Troutman offers the instrument's definitive history, from its discovery by a young Hawaiian royalist named Joseph Kekuku to its revolutionary influence on American and world music. During the early twentieth century, Hawaiian musicians traveled the globe, from tent shows in the Mississippi Delta, where they shaped the new sounds of country and the blues, to regal theaters and vaudeville stages in New York, Berlin, Kolkata, and beyond. In the process, Hawaiian guitarists recast the role of the guitar in modern life. But as Troutman explains, by the 1970s the instrument's embrace and adoption overseas also worked to challenge its cultural legitimacy in the eyes of a new generation of Hawaiian musicians. As a consequence, the indigenous instrument nearly diasappeared in its homeland"--Jacket.
Subject Hawaiian guitar -- History.
Music -- Hawaii -- History.
Music -- United States -- History.
World music -- History.
ISBN 9781469627922 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1469627922 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781469627939 (ebook)

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