Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience / Edition 1

Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience / Edition 1

by Steve Waksman
     
 

Around 1930, a group of guitar designers in Southern California fitted instruments with an electromagnetic device called a pickup and forever changed the face of popular music. Taken up by musicians as diverse as Les Paul, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, and the MC5, the electric guitar would become not just a conduit of electrifying new sounds but also a symbol of energy… See more details below

Overview

Around 1930, a group of guitar designers in Southern California fitted instruments with an electromagnetic device called a pickup and forever changed the face of popular music. Taken up by musicians as diverse as Les Paul, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, and the MC5, the electric guitar would become not just a conduit of electrifying new sounds but also a symbol of energy, innovation, and desire in the music of the day. Instruments of Desire is the first full account of the historical and cultural significance of the electric guitar, a wide-ranging exploration of how and why the instrument has had such broad musical and cultural impact.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674005471
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/02/2001
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
879,865
Product dimensions:
0.79(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Waksman is the 1998 winner of the Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize awarded by the American Studies Association. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green University, and is on the editorial board of Popular Music and Society.

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Introduction: Going Electric

Playing with Sound: Charlie Christian, the Electric Guitar and the Swing Era

Pure Tones and Solid Bodies: Les Paul's New Sound

Mister Guitar: Chet Atkins and the Nashville Sound

Racial Distortions: Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and the Electric Guitar in Black Popular Music

Black Sound, Black Body: Jimi Hendrix, the Electric Guitar and the Meanings of Blackness

Kick Out the Jams! The MC5 and the Politics of Noise

Heavy Music: Cock Rock, Colonialism, and Led Zeppelin

Conclusion: Time Machine

Adventures in Sound: A Guide to Listening

Discography: Selected Recordings

Notes

Credits

Index

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