In this Book

The Ukulele
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Since its introduction to Hawai‘i 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.

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 Hawai’i, 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—as well as 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.

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Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter 1: These Little Instruments, of Which They Are So Fond
  2. pp. 5-19
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  1. Chapter 2: The Sound of Pa, Ko, Li
  2. pp. 20-36
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  1. Chapter 3: The National Instrument of Hawaii
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. Chapter 4: Have You Seen the Bouncing Flea?
  2. pp. 55-73
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  1. Chapter 5: A Landscape Set to Music
  2. pp. 75-91
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  1. Chapter 6: A Craze of the Frisco Exposition
  2. pp. 92-113
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  1. Chapter 7: The Height of Its Popularity
  2. pp. 114-135
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  1. Chapter 8: Made of a New Gleaming Plastic Material
  2. pp. 136-152
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  1. Chapter 9: The Growing Underground Movement
  2. pp. 153-166
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  1. Appendix A: Chronological List of Early Hawaiian Luthiers
  2. pp. 167-172
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  1. Appendix B: Annotated Checklist of Selected ‘Ukulele Methods and Songbooks, 1894–1920
  2. pp. 173-178
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-252
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 253-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-286
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