Meet the inventors and innovators who defined American music history. A radio repairman imagined inventing the electric guitar. The inventor of 3-D glasses envisioned an electric organ in every home. And a German carpenter immigrated to New York City with the dream of designing the greatest piano in the world. From Steinway pianos and Moog synthesizers to Zildgian cymbals and Martin guitars, noted music writer VanHeke 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. This ALA Notable Children’s Book includes photos, source notes, and glossaries.
“Absorbing history. . . . Examining the effect of the Great Depression, the World Wars and immigration on these family businesses vibrantly contextualizes those issues for kids. Numerous well-captioned photos and period illustrations, sidebars and clearly labeled diagrams of the musical instruments expertly extend the text.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A handsome, clearly written book on a topic seldom presented to young people.”–Booklist
“From the country music of Bill Monroe and the classics of John Phillip Sousa to the jazz of drummer Buddy Rich and rock-and-roll legends John Bonham and guitarist Eric Clapton–readers will enjoy this back stage pass to the history of American musical instrument makers.”–Voice of Youth Advocates