Faculty Bookwatch – The Banjo: America's African Instrument by Laurent Dubois

The banjo has been called by many names over its history, but they all refer to the same sound – strings humming over skin – that has eased souls and electrified crowds for centuries. The Banjo: America's African Instrument invites us to hear that sound afresh in a biography of one of America’s iconic folk instruments. Attuned to a rich heritage spanning continents and cultures, Laurent Dubois traces the banjo from humble origins, revealing how it became one of the great stars of American musical life.