Hawaiian Music & Musicians Available 10/15/12

Hawaiian Music & Musicans front coverGeorge S. Kanahele published his monumental Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Illustrated History in 1979. Compiled with the assistance of a hundred contributors and the research of many more, it was immediately recognized as the most ambitious book ever written about Hawaiian music. Visit hawaiianmusicandmusicians.com

In 2000 Dr. Kanehele asked veteran music critic John Berger to work with him on a second edition; Dr. Kanahele died a few months later. It took John Berger another dozen years to complete this Revised and Updated Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Encyclopedic History. The book is now more than doubled in length, with almost every entry revised and updated, and with almost 100 new entries.

The book is arranged alphabetically, with entries on Hawaiian music from its roots in ancient chants to the flowering of the musical renaissance in Hawaii. It describes leading personalities and groups, organizations, songs and publications, and discusses the extraordinary popularity of Hawaiian music round the world.

There are biographies of musicians from every period of Hawaiian musical history—from Henry Berger, David Kālakaua, Queen Lili‘uokalani, and others of their time, to the great names of the 20th century.

There are major articles on chant, slack key, steel guitar, ‘ukulele, hīmeni, falsetto, Hawaiian orchestras, humor in Hawaiian music, radio, television, the recording industry, and more. Definitive essays tell the story of all the ancient and modern musical instruments, and the most loved and important songs of the last 150 years.

A special section presents many rare photographs of historical interest, featuring singers, chanters, dancers, and instrumentalists. Melody lines, chants, and rhythm patterns are illustrated by music notation.

Hawaiian Music & Musicians is published by Mutual Publishing, LLC

SKU: 1566479673
Released October 15, 2012

ISBN-10: 1-56647-967-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-56647-967-7

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5 Responses to Hawaiian Music & Musicians Available 10/15/12

  1. Irwin Santos says:

    I’m going to get myself a copy. Thanks John!

  2. Kathy Boast says:

    So excited to have picked up a copy of the book at the Pre Release Party. And was excited to see that the photo Aloha Joe submitted was one of mine… so I can say, I’m IN THE Book!! 🙂 Looking forward to reading it!!!

  3. Michi Moore says:

    Sorry I couldn’t make it tonight John. I was feeling under the weather. Love all the photos Kathy took! hugs and congratulations! Michi

  4. Peter Hill says:

    G’day Mate ! and ALOHA from Australia !
    Dear John Berger,
    Firstly may I tell you (For your Reassurance ……) that I am Known to ; Aloha Joe, Kathy Boast,and Michi Moore too ! and also Lynne Piccolo, and Tony Solis………………

    I just read about this ‘ New Edition ‘ and was wondering how I can get a Copy, here in Australia ?




    This ‘ Facebook Group ‘ i s all about Creating the right conditions to enable Hawaiian Musicians & Dancers to visit Australia and build up a Viable Market, so they can Sing & Dance here on a Regular Basis, and possibly give up their Day Job,( And a Lot would Love to !!! ) and be Full-Time Entertainers, whilst at the same time bringing their ALOHA ‘To AUSTRALIA ‘ and serving a Growing Market of Hawaii Lovers ! Those who have been to Hawaii and are planning to go back, and the first timers ! The first step will be beginning our New National Weekly Hawaiian Music Program etc etc .

  5. Irwin Santos says:

    Aloha Peter,

    At this time, the book is only available directly from Mutual Publishing, a local publisher here in Hawaii. Here is the purchasing page:

    The release of the book is October 15, but maybe you could get your order in. Hope this helps. Let us know if you’re able to get it.


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