Ukulele: A History

Be the first to review this product

Availability: Out of stock


Quick Overview

Since its introduction to Hawaii in 1879, the 'ukulele has been many things: a symbol of an island paradise; a tool of political protest; an instrument central to a rich musical culture; a musical joke; a highly sought-after collectible; a cheap airport souvenir; a lucrative industry; and the product of a remarkable synthesis of western and Pacific cultures. The 'Ukulele: A History explores all of these facets, placing the instrument for the first time in a broad historical, cultural, and musical context.

The Ukulele: A History

Double click on above image to view full picture

Zoom Out
Zoom In

More Views

  • The Ukulele: A History


Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped sources, Jim Tranquada and John King tell the surprising story of how an obscure four-string folk guitar from Portugal became the national instrument of Hawaii, of its subsequent rise and fall from international cultural phenomenon to 'the Dangerfield of instruments,'; and of the resurgence in popularity (and respect) it is currently enjoying among musicians from Thailand to Finland. The book shows how the technologies of successive generations (recorded music, radio, television, the Internet) have played critical roles in popularizing the 'ukulele. Famous composers and entertainers (Queen Liliuokalani, Irving Berlin, Arthur Godfrey, Paul McCartney, SpongeBob SquarePants) and writers (Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, P. G. Wodehouse, Agatha Christie) wind their way through its history along with a host of outstanding Hawaiian musicians (Ernest Kaai, George Kia Nahaolelua, Samuel K. Kamakaia, Henry A. Peelua Bishaw). In telling the story of the 'ukulele, Tranquada and King also present a sweeping history of modern Hawaiian music that spans more than two centuries, beginning with the introduction of western melody and harmony by missionaries to the Hawaiian music renaissance of the 1970s and 1980s.

"Here, at last, is the complete story of the 'ukulele. Thanks to the authors' years of tireless research, the instrument's incredible journey is brought vividly to life. This book is a labor of love and a gift of enduring scholarship." -Jim Beloff, author of The Ukulele: A Visual History

Additional Information

Author Jim Tranquada / John King
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
Page Count 33ppp
Publication Size 7 x 9.75 x 1
Publication Notes softcover, 62 b/w images
Publication Date June 15, 2012
ISBN 978-0824836344

You may also be interested in the following product(s)

33 1/3 Volume 70: Israel Iz Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future

33 1/3 Volume 70: Israel Iz Kamakawiwo'ole's Facing Future

Tiki Magazine #2 (Vol. 9)

Tiki Magazine #2 (Vol. 9)

Fretboard Journal #32

Fretboard Journal #32

How To Play The 5-String Banjo

How To Play The 5-String Banjo


Product Tags

Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.