lately i've been getting a fair number of inquiries about banjo history through my website. this has inspired me to begin to put together a proper bibliography/source list for visitors to follow up with. i haven't had time to really sit down and hash out anything that even approaches definitiveness, but i was able to fairly quickly come up with about 20 or so
entries. anyone want to chime in with anything i've obviously omitted? i am mostly trying to focus on scholarly research in the form of books, articles, and trustworthy electronically published sources that deal directly with the banjo, either from an organology or ethnomusicology (or general history) standpoint. for this reason i have generally left out
texts that deal broadly with minstrelsy rather than with the banjo specifically. i'm hoping to bolster it with some more sources on the topic of african lutes and banjo predecessors.
here's what i have so far. any suggestions?
Adams, Greg C. and Shlomo Pestcoe. The Jola akonting: reconnecting the banjo to its West African roots. Sing Out! 51(1), 43-51.
Carlin, Bob. The birth of the banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and early minstrelsy. Jefferson [NC]: McFarland, 2007.
Conway, Cecelia. African banjo echoes in Appalachia: a study of folk traditions. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1995.
Conway, Cecilia. Black banjo songsters in Appalachia. Black Music Research Journal, 23(1/2), 149-166.
Coolen, Michael Theodore. Senegambian archtypes for the American folk banjo. Western Folklore, 43(2), 117-132.
Epstein, Dena J. Sinful tunes and spirituals: black folk music to the Civil War. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977.
Epstein, Dena J. The folk banjo: a documentary history. Ethnomusicology, 19(3), 347-371.
Gura, Philip F. and James Bollman. America's instrument: the banjo in the nineteenth-century. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
Jagfors, Ulf. Banjo Attitudes: Early Afro-American Banjo.
Jagfors, Ulf. The African akonting and the origins of the banjo. The Old-Time Herald, 9(2), 26-33.
Jagfors, Ulf. The akonting lute, one possible ancestor to the banjo. Paper read at the Banjo Gathering, Nov. 8-11, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2001.
Linn, Karen. That half-barbaric twang: the banjo in American popular culture. Urbana: Univeristy of Illinois Press, 1991.
Nathan, Hans. Dan Emmet and the rise of negro minstrelsy. Norman [OK]: Univeristy of Oklahoma Press, 1962.
Nathan, Hans. Early banjo tunes and American Syncopation. The Musical Quarterly, 42(4), 455-472.
Szego, Peter. Searching for the roots of the banjo, Part II. The Old-Time Herald. 10(5), 10-20.
Tsumura, Akira. Banjos, the Tsumura collection. New York: Kodansha, 1984.
Webb, Robert Lloyd. 'Old Moke' afloat: notes on the minstrel origins of the banjo at sea. Log of Mystic Seaport, 35(4), 104-17.
Webb, Robert Lloyd. Ring the banjar! The banjo in America, from folklore to factory. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1984.
Wiedlich, Joseph. The early minstrel banjo: technique and repertoire. Anaheim Hills [CA]: Centerstream, 2004.
Winans, Robert B. Black instrumental traditions in the ex-save narratives. Black Music Research Newsletter, 5(2), 2-5.
Nice list. A few on there I hadn't seen before. Just ordered the "Old Moke" article from ILL.
Since Bob Winans has all of his banjo-related articles on his website, I would include all of them on your list:
ps--Are you heading to the MFA from the Square on Monday? Want to head over together? Either way, I hope to see you there.