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The Guitar in AmericaVictorian Era to Jazz Age$
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Jeffrey J. Noonan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110188

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110188.001.0001

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The Guitar as Icon

(p.96) Chapter Six Interlude
The Guitar in America

Jeffrey J. Noonan

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the development of the guitar as an iconic musical instrument. It explains that while the banjo, mandolin, and guitar (BMG) leadership wanted to depict their instruments as cultivated, the poems and stories in their magazines more often celebrated the immediate emotional and romantic rewards of the guitar. The chapter also suggests that the guitar will continue to play an iconic role based on both ancient themes and new definitions assigned to it by new generations of players and listeners because of its traditional shape and uses that tie it so closely to the human body and the human heart.

Keywords:   guitar, musical instrument, BMG leadership, romantic rewards, emotional rewards, human body, human heart

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