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The Ukulele: A History

Jim Tranquada and John King


Since its introduction to Hawaii in 1879, the ʻukulele 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. This book explores all of these facets, placing the instrument for the first time in a broad historical, cultural, and musical context. It tells the surprising story of how an obscure four-string folk guitar from Portugal became the nation ... More

Keywords: ʻukulele, Hawaii, modern Hawaiian music, western melody, western harmony, music renaissance, musical instrument

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835446
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jim Tranquada, author
Occidental College

John King, author