Raggin' Jazzin' Rockin' by Susan VanHecke
A History of American Musical Instrument Makers

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2012 American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2012 YALSA-ALA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Nominee

Meet the inventors and innovators who defined American music history. A radio repairman named Leo Fender imagined a solid-body electric guitar. The inventor of 3-D glasses, Laurens Hammond, envisioned an electric organ in every home. And a German carpenter named Steinway immigrated to New York City with the dream of designing the greatest piano in the world. From Steinway's pianos, Bob Moog's synthesizers, and C.G. Conn's band instruments to Avedis Zildjian's cymbals, William Ludwig's drums, C.F. Martin's guitars, and more, noted music writer VanHecke offers a fascinating, insider view of the personalities and perseverance that led to some of music's most important innovations - from classical to jazz to rock. Includes more than 200 photos, many rare and vintage, plus source notes. Full color.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to SupportMusic, a music education advocacy effort seeking to improve access and opportunity in music and arts learning. Support Music is a public service initiative of the NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by the National Association of Music Merchants. Its mission is to advance active participation in music-making.

About Susan VanHecke

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Susan VanHeke is a journalist and author as well as the former publisher and editor of Original Cool, a rockabilly/swing magazine. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Spin, Creem, Goldmine, the Washington Post, and the Virginian-Pilot. She is the author of Race with the Devil: Gene Vincent's Life in the Fast Lane; Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story; Roadwork: 30 Years Touring with The Who, Rolling Stones, and Eagles, written with Tom Wright; and Flak Jacket Rock, written with Dean Ellis Kohler. She lives in Virginia.
Published April 1, 2011 by Boyds Mills Press. 140 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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