Introduction to the Cambridge Companion to the Electric Guitar

Jan Herbst, Steve Waksman

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This introduction to the Cambridge Companion to the Electric Guitar offers a concise synopsis of the dominant narrative surrounding the instrument, and establishes the ways in which the current collection seeks to expand the existing framework for considering the electric guitar’s history and cultural impact. It also discusses the provisional development of “guitar studies” as an academic field, highlighting trends in conferences, journalistic and special interest publications, and discussions surrounding music technology, the electric guitar industry, and socio-demographic issues such as gender, race, and age. While electric guitar scholarship has made significant progress, it has not fully established itself as a distinct field. Currently, there is no dedicated journal or professional organization for researchers in this area. “Guitar studies” may not have come to fruition, at least not yet, but its foundation is being laid, to which this Cambridge Companion intends to contribute.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to the Electric Guitar
EditorsJan-Peter Herbst, Steve Waksman
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781009224420
ISBN (Print)9781009224451
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Music
PublisherCambridge University Press

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