The Birth of the Banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and Early Minstrelsy

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Joel Walker Sweeney was, in essence, the Elvis Presley of the 1840s. A professional banjo player, Sweeney introduced mainstream America to a music (and musical instrument) which had its roots in the transplanted black culture of the southern slave. Sweeney, an Irish-American born midway between Richmond and Lynchburg, Virginia, sampled African American music at a young age. He then added more traditional southern sounds to the music he heard, in essence creating a new musical form. The only avenue available to a ...

The Birth of the Banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and Early Minstrelsy 2007, McFarland & Company, Jefferson

ISBN-13: 9780786428748

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