Bob Carlin, the authors of Banjo: An Illustrated History spoke with Jason Verlinde of The Fretboard Journal Podcast. He spoke about his expansive coffee table book, the process of writing it and how it all came together. Listen to the interview below!

Onstage and Backstage 

About the Book
This book offers the first comprehensive, illustrated history of the banjo in its many forms. It traces the story of the instrument from its roots in West Africa to its birth in the Americas, through its coming of age in the Industrial Revolution and beyond. The book profiles the most important players and spotlights key luthiers and manufacturers. It features 100 “milestone instruments” with in-depth coverage, including model details and beautiful photos.   Amazon      BarnesandNoble    IndieBound

Bob Carlin is an author, researcher, radio and record producer, and one of the best-known clawhammer style banjoists performing today. With over 100 articles for music magazines such as The Fretboard Journal and Bluegrass Unlimited and numerous books, instruction manuals, museum catalogs, and album notes to his credit, Carlin is truly an expert on banjo history, both from the playing and manufacturing side. He has written a regular column for the banjo “bible” Banjo Newsletter. His latest projects include books on the banjoists Bill Keith and Eric Weissberg, as well as an instruction manual detailing the playing of banjoists Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham. He lives in Lexington, N.C

The Fretboard Journal  is an archival-quality, quarterly publication celebrating all things guitar (and other fretted instruments). In each issue, we dig deep into the nooks and crannies of the music and gear world, interviewing both legendary players and the innovators of today. It’s been called a “guitar magazine for grown-ups.”. To learn more, visit their website here.

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A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

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