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Ukulele Heroes: The Golden Age [Anglais] [Broché]

Ian Whitcomb

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Ukulele Heroes (Book). Although the ukulele has always been popular even when cast to the grass-skirt ghetto of luaus and limbo contests the current craze for this instrument has put the four-string cousin of the guitar into the hands of veteran musicians and young hipsters alike. And while there are a handful of books feeding the current uke explosion, this is the first to detail the stage, screen, and recording stars who pioneered the uke those who predated and made possible its current resurgence. The book begins with how the uke came to the mainland United States from Hawai'i, and the Hawai'ian song craze of 1916-17, fueled by Tim Pan Alley. Profiled stars include Ukul...

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rousingly Entertaining Musical History 21 août 2012
Par Bob Tarte - Publié sur
I'll bet you didn't know that the voice of Pinocchio's Jiminy Crickett was one Ukelele Ike, whose sagging vaudeville fortunes were rescued by the Disney company. Or that cowboy star Gene Autry started out as a ukelele wielding singer in the Al Jolson mold. Or that British invasion star Ian Whitcomb's second coming as a ragtime performer was scuttled by eccentric 1960s uke-ster Tiny Tim.

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Whitcomb tells all in this lavishly illustrated, endlessly entertaining tribute to stringed `lamb chop' wielders, vividly and anecdotally tracing the origins of the instrument as the axe of choice in old Hawaii to its record industry ups and downs from the 1910s to the present day.

Readers with an interest in pre-WWII pop music will find much to salivate over here, while newbies who don't know ragtime from a ragdoll or a uke from an URL will enter a whole new world populated by fantastic characters that not even J.K. Rowling could have conceived of. Tying it all together is the effervescent and endearing Whitcomb, who weaves his own personal story as a self-described `one-hit wonder' ("You Turn Me On") into the greater fabric of the history of popular song. And what a talented yarn spinner he is, as adept at telling a rousing tale as he is at performing in the old British music hall style.

Inspirational sentence (from a section on bawdy British ukelele star George Formby, as he meets his wife-to-be): "She liked his sparkling eyes that radiated innocence, as if he'd just been dropped by the stork and was bewildered by what he saw down here below."

Whitcomb's previous histories of popular music include "After the Ball: Pop Music from Rag to Rock," "Tin Pan Alley: A Pictorial History," and "Irving Berlin and Ragtime America." Fans of more recent music will enjoy Whitcomb's ongoing anecdotes about rock icons, including George Harrison, a ukelele fanatic who would subject innocent visitors to day-long lessons on the instrument, and Bob Dylan, who invited Tiny Tim to his Woodstock, NY fortress of solitude for a command performance.

And speaking of Tiny Tim, Whitcomb uses "Ukulele Heroes" to face down and ultimately forgive the man who turned the uke and its Tin Pan Alley repertoire into a garish joke in the late 1960s, just when Whitcomb was trying to garner respect for the instrument. He and his act ended up tarnished by the Tiny Tim brush, though he's gone on to arrange, perform, and act in films when he isn't tirelessly hitting the stage to extol the virtues of the old time songs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fun book and history lesson besides 14 octobre 2012
Par James D. Crabtree - Publié sur
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There were, until fairly recently, practically no books on the history of the ukulele. This one is a treasure, as it focuses not on ukes in pop culture or sales of ukes but on the performers who played ukes and the music they made with them. From the early, purely Hawaiian music to today's enthusiasts like Jim Beloff author Ian Whitcomb looks at them all. Not only does Whitcomb discuss many famous ukelele artists in the United States (Ukelele Ike and Arthur Godfrey, for example) but also British entertainers who made the ukulele their own: George Formby Jr., Tessie O'Shea and others. Whitcomb himself played ukulele and managed to get a few hits when it seemed most entertainers were strumming guitars and doing protest songs. Whether the ukulele is just a hobby (as it is with me) or a serious interest, you should pick up this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Duke of the "Uke" 23 juillet 2013
Par Christopher Gill - Publié sur
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An eclectic book for an eclectic audience, but well written and well researched. Whitcomb obviously has a passion for all things "uke". I originally got this book for research on the ukulele (different story), but I ended up reading the whole book...and I liked it.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pickin' And Grinnin" 7 septembre 2013
Par Jim Mangum - Publié sur
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I am trying to learn to play my ukulele, so it is really entertaining to read about the masters of the instrument. I, especially like reading about
Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike). His story is a sad one. A man so popular and so talented to have died a pauper and buried in an unmarked grave. He appeared in early western movies and stage shows and, also, the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Disney's Dumbo. His voice range was astounding. His ukulele playing was superb. Today, he is practically unknown out of the music world.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book for ukulele completists 10 août 2013
Par Kevin E. Collins - Publié sur
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Nice little capsule of info if you are interested in the uke. Covers a diverse bunch who used the ukulele as their schtick of choice.
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