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The Guitar in America – Victorian Era to Jazz Age - University Press of Mississippi
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The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age

Jeffrey J. Noonan


This book offers a history of the guitar from America’s late Victorian period to the Jazz Age. The narrative traces America’s BMG (banjo, mandolin, and guitar) community, a late nineteenth-century musical and commercial movement dedicated to introducing these instruments into America’s elite musical establishments. Using surviving BMG magazines, the author details an almost unknown history of the guitar during the movement’s heyday, tracing the guitar’s transformation from a refined parlor instrument to a mainstay in jazz and popular music. In the process, he not only introduces musicians (inc ... More

Keywords: Jazz Age, America’s BMG community, banjo, mandolin, guitar, commercial movement, elite musical establishments, BMG magazines, parlor instrument, popular music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781934110188
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110188.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey J. Noonan, author