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Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience Paperback – June 1, 2001
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Throughout, Waksman heralds the instrument's potential as a 'noisemaker' to empower music makers to stretch and ultimately serially reinvent conventional forms. And of course back around to its role in creating music more easily packaged and sold.
I expected to learn something about the guitar, sure, but I gained a whole new perspective on music, music-making, and musicians. A great, thoughtful read.
....it fails when it takes an acedemic's perspective and drags in unwanted cultural, social speculations.
I bought a book because I wished to read about nuts and bolts guitars and electric guitar history. I did NOT wish to enroll in a class in ethnic studies. If the author wanted to write about ethnic studies, I'm sure he could have found better and more appropriate subject matter.
Tell me how Gibson put the Les Paul together with what woods and wiring and what problems they had. Tell me about electric guitar chord progressions in rock compared to jazz.
As it is there are whole pages of academic, social intrepretive mishmosh.
I will finish the whole book and there are interesting facts that are what I was looking for. But giving a psychological interpretation about a photo of Les Paul and Mary Ford sitting on a Gibson guitar was not what I need. Instead of suggesting that Les Paul was a sexist, why not talk about how Mary Ford had learned to play her electric guitar? Not a word about that.
And when it comes to an important fact like how Chet Atkins fingerpicked his electric guitar like no one else had done, there is one paragraph.
This appears to be a book for a sociologist, not for a guitar player.