13 October 2016

Bob Carlin's Banjo: an illustrated history

The BIB mentioned in March one book on banjo history that has already appeared this year, and in July Bob Carlin, well known as musician and writer, brought out Banjo: an illustrated history, a 256-page hardback.

Published by Backbeat Books (ISBN 9781495011245), it is distributed by Hal Leonard and should therefore be widely available through music stores. Banjo NewsLetter's review calls it 'a major achievement and should be accorded a prominent place on every banjo player's bookshelf or coffee table.' The BIB learned of this from the Banjo Gathering website.

Bob Carlin's publications include The birth of the banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and early minstrelsy, String bands in the North Carolina Piedmont, and (with Dan Levenson) tab books of the music of Kyle Creed, Wade Ward, and Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham. His name is on several models of open-back banjos from Gold Tone.

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