Raggin', Jazzin', Rockin': A History of American Musical Instrument Makers

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Boyds Mills Press, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 136 pages
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Meet the inventors and innovators who defined American music history. A radio repairman imagined inventing the electric guitar. The inventor of 3-D glasses envisioned an electric organ in every home. And a German carpenter immigrated to New York City with the dream of designing the greatest piano in the world. From Steinway pianos and Moog synthesizers to Zildgian cymbals and Martin guitars, noted music writer VanHeke offers a fascinating, insider view of the personalities and perseverance that led to some of music's most important innovations—from classical to jazz to rock. This ALA Notable Children's Book includes photos, source notes, and glossaries.

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

Informative, interesting and attractively designed introduction to American music inventors and innovators. A unique book that belongs in libraries of all sizes. Read full review

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User Review  - Don - Goodreads

Nice enough little collection of the stories behind some of the big names behind musical instruments: Martin, Fender, Steinway, Zilijdan (no help from spell check here). Read full review

About the author (2011)

Susan VanHeke is a journalist and author as well as the former publisher and editor of Original Cool, a rockabilly/swing magazine. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Spin, Creem, Goldmine, the Washington Post, and the Virginian-Pilot. She is the author of Race with the Devil: Gene Vincent's Life in the Fast Lane; Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story; Roadwork: 30 Years Touring with The Who, Rolling Stones, and Eagles, written with Tom Wright; and Flak Jacket Rock, written with Dean Ellis Kohler. She lives in Virginia.

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