The Cambridge Companion to the Electric Guitar examines this most fabled of instruments from multiple angles that contributes to a richer understanding of how it assumed such a position of influence. It surveys the electric guitar’s history and legacy while also striving to present a range of new perspectives that address its interlocking roles in association with music technology, musical practice, social relations, and the transmission of cultural meaning across time and space. It takes as its starting point the fact that the past twenty years has seen gradual but steady growth in the range of published scholarly commentary on the electric guitar’s history and cultural significance. Building on this gathering momentum in what might be termed an emerging field of guitar studies, the book presents a state-of-the-field report that also serves as an accessible primer for scholarly and non-academic readers on the many ways in which the electric guitar has come to matter.
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