Harmonicas, Harps and Heavy Breathers: The Evolution of the People's Instrument

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The harmonica is one of the most important, yet overlooked, instruments in music. This definitive volume celebrates the history of the world's most popular musical device, its impact on various forms of music, folk, country, blues, rock, jazz and classical music. The author traces the development of the harmonica from the ancient Chinese sheng to futuristic harmonica sythesizers. Nearly seventy harmonica masters are profiled including Stevie Wonder, Little Walter, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Reed, Charlie McCoy, Sonny ...

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Harmonicas, Harps and Heavy Breathers: The Evolution of the People's Instrument

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Overview

The harmonica is one of the most important, yet overlooked, instruments in music. This definitive volume celebrates the history of the world's most popular musical device, its impact on various forms of music, folk, country, blues, rock, jazz and classical music. The author traces the development of the harmonica from the ancient Chinese sheng to futuristic harmonica sythesizers. Nearly seventy harmonica masters are profiled including Stevie Wonder, Little Walter, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Reed, Charlie McCoy, Sonny Terry, and John Popper. This updated edition includes an extensive new afterword, an expanded discography of the finest harmonica recordings, and a listing of the best harmonica resources on the internet.

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Editorial Reviews

Billboard
An unassuming and enexpectedly delightful as potent blues rising suddenly from a pair of cracked, cupped hands....A loving celebration both of the players and of their instrument
Living Blues
Highly enjoyable and informative....Well-written.
Country Music Magazine
The first book to qualify as a definitive history of the harmonica and its place in American music....Excellent.
Larry Adler
The Encyclopaedia Britannica of the harmonica
Blues Review Quarterly
Interesting and thoroughly researched....An essential volume for players, scholars, and fans alike. Field's writing style provides an easy read and his command of the field is unparalleled.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815410201
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 630,232
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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East Meets c h a p t e r o n e West 's musical instruments go, the harmonica is a new thing. Its bicentennial is still decades away. We have the Germans to thank for it (as for the bassoon, the flute, and the clarinet).

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