392 pp., 7 x 9, 14 color plates., 51 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2792-2
Published: May 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2793-9
Published: February 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5909-1
Published: February 2020
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Awards & distinctions
2017 Lawrence W. Levine Award, Organization of American Historians
2017 Sally and Ken Owens Award, Western History Association
2017 Best History, Best Research in Recorded Popular Music, Association for Recorded Sound Collections
2017 Music in American Culture Award, American Musicological Society
Woody Guthrie Award, International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US Branch
Using rich musical and historical sources, including interviews with musicians and their descendants, Troutman provides the complete story of how this Native Hawaiian instrument transformed not only American music but the sounds of modern music throughout the world.
About the Author
John W. Troutman is Curator of American Music at the National Museum of American History.
For more information about John W. Troutman, visit the Author Page.
"Well written, insightful and beautifully illustrated, Kika Kila is an excellent addition to the world music library."--Songlines
“Presents a stunning example of the nation’s cultural mélange.”--Oxford American
"If you've ever felt the lure of slide guitar, Kika Kila is a fantastic book that offers new listening material, colorful stories, and vibrant history, and exposes you to great guitarists who made history."--Acoustic Guitar
"Deeply researched. . . . Essential for anyone who wants to know more about the tremendously fertile--and horribly imperialistic--world of 19th and early-20th century Hawaii, when new ideas poured in and amazing music poured out."--Ukulele
"Superbly written, beautifully illustrated and packed with anecdotes . . . this remarkable book is a gem and should find a readership far beyond guitar obsessives."--The Blues Magazine
“[A] treasure chest of impassioned investigation [that] tracks the steel-stringed guitar’s signature ‘glissando swoop’ as it sparks a global explosion of composition and performance.”--Honolulu Magazine
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