THE GUITAR AND THE NEW WORLD
A FUGITIVE HISTORY
Materia: Referencia / historia de la música
In The Guitar and the New World, Joe Gioia offers a many-limbed social history that is as entertaining as it is informative. After uncovering the immigrant experience of his guitar-making Sicilian great uncle, Gioia s investigation stretches from the ancient world to the fateful events of the 1901 Buffalo Pan American Exposition, across Sioux Ghost Dancers and circus Indians, to the lives and works of such celebrated American musicians as Jimmy Rodgers, Charlie Patton, Eddie Lang, and the Carter Family. At the heart of the book s portrait of wanderings and legacies is the proposition that America s idiomatic harmonic forms mountain music and the blues share a single root, and that the source of the sad and lonesome sounds central to both is neither Celtic nor African, but truly indigenous Native American...