Ukulele: The World's Friendliest Instrument

Overview

These days the ukulele is experiencing a revolution-both as a valid instrument that can sweetly transform pop music and rock and roll, and as the focus of dozens of clubs springing up across the world. Ukulele! brings the "uke" world to light, exposing its colorful history, quirky characters, and irresistible charm. Dozens of colorful photos and ephemera make Ukulele! as fun to look at as it is to read.

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Ukulele: The World's Friendliest Instrument

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Overview

These days the ukulele is experiencing a revolution-both as a valid instrument that can sweetly transform pop music and rock and roll, and as the focus of dozens of clubs springing up across the world. Ukulele! brings the "uke" world to light, exposing its colorful history, quirky characters, and irresistible charm. Dozens of colorful photos and ephemera make Ukulele! as fun to look at as it is to read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603696
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,013,774
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Dixon wrote for such magazines as Life, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and House & Garden. He authored The Thunderbird Remembered, a memoir of his father, Maynard Dixon.

Jayne McKay is a documentary filmaker with a focus on art and artists. Her first film is Maynard Dixon Art and Spirit. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Of all the American ukists who were destined for stardom, Cliff Edwards probably tops the list. He was born in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, and was out on his own before he started to shave. A jaunty man with the huge dark eyes of a raccoon and a sweet pure voice that could span three octaves, he made his way to St. Louis, where he laboriously taught himself to play the uke. Like most of his uke-playing contemporaries, he found himself wanting an easy-to-carry, easy-to-play instrument to tote around to bars (which might or might not have had a piano and accompanist). For a struggling performer, the uke was an inexpensive, accessible choice. Edwards sang in saloons for nickels and dimes, and there he picked up the nickname “Ukulele Ike.” For the next couple of years, he toured with various carnivals and tent shows, just barely managing to get by.

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Table of Contents

6 Acknowledgments

7 Overture

9 From Portugal To Paradise The Uke Goes Hawaiian: 1879–1915

17 California, Here I Come Mania on the Mainland: 1915–1920

27 Give My Regards to Broadway The Uke, Tin Pan Alley and the Roaring Twenties

43 The Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round The Great Early Players

57 Makin’ Whoopee The Pioneer Makers and Manufacturers

71 Happy Days Are Here Again The Resurgent Ukulele: 1945–1953

83 Say It With Music Contemporary Virtuosos and Personalities

101 Matchmaker, Matchmaker Putting the Ukulele Together, with Woods and with People

117 I Found a Million Dollar Baby In a Five and Ten Cent Store) The Craze of Collecting

125 There’s No Business Like Uke Business The Ins and Outs of the Ukulele Trade

131 Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here Ukulele Clubs and Congregations

138 Refrain

139 Resources

140 Ukulele 101

142 Ukulele Chords

144 Photo Credits

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    :)

    I love this book and its exactly what I would want to represent the history of my favorite instrument! Highly reccomended for all ukists

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