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Kika Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music

John W. Troutman


Since the nineteenth century, the distinct tones of kika kila, the Hawaiian steel guitar, have defined the island sound. Here historian and steel guitarist John W. Troutman offers the instrument's definitive history, from its discovery by a young Hawaiian royalist named Joseph Kekuku to its revolutionary influence on American and world music. During the early twentieth century, Hawaiian musicians traveled the globe, from tent shows in the Mississippi Delta, where they shaped the new sounds of country and the blues, to regal theaters and vaudeville stages in New York, Berlin, Kolkata, and beyon ... More

Keywords: Guitar, Hawaiian Music, American Music, Popular Music, Blues, Country, Hawai‘i, Slack Key, Steel Guitar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469627922
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Troutman, author