Well of souls : uncovering the banjo's hidden history
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Contributors
Giddens, Rhiannon, 1977- writer of foreword.
Published
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2022].
Edition
First edition.
ISBN
9780393866803 : (hardcover), 0393866807 : (hardcover)
Physical Desc
xvii, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Status
Kilton Public Library - Nonfiction
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Published
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2022].
Format
Book
Edition
First edition.
Language
English
ISBN
9780393866803 : (hardcover), 0393866807 : (hardcover)

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description
"An illuminating history of the banjo, revealing its origins at the crossroads of slavery, religion, and music. In an extraordinary story unfolding across two hundred years, Kristina Gaddy uncovers the banjo's key role in Black spirituality, ritual, and rebellion. Through meticulous research in diaries, letters, archives, and art, she traces the banjo's beginnings from the seventeenth century, when enslaved people of African descent created it from gourds or calabashes and wood. Gaddy shows how the enslaved carried this unique instrument as they were transported and sold by slaveowners throughout the Americas, to Suriname, the Caribbean, and the colonies that became U.S. states, including Louisiana, South Carolina, Maryland, and New York. African Americans came together at rituals where the banjo played an essential part. White governments, rightfully afraid that the gatherings could instigate revolt, outlawed them without success. In the mid-nineteenth century, Blackface minstrels appropriated the instrument for their bands, spawning a craze. Eventually the banjo became part of jazz, bluegrass, and country, its deepest history forgotten"--

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Gaddy, K. R., & Giddens, R. (2022). Well of souls: uncovering the banjo's hidden history (First edition.). W.W. Norton & Company, Inc..

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gaddy, K. R and Rhiannon Giddens. 2022. Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gaddy, K. R and Rhiannon Giddens. Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History W.W. Norton & Company, Inc, 2022.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Gaddy, K. R., and Rhiannon Giddens. Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History First edition., W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2022.

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