Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Encyclopedic History
Ed. Kanahele, George S.; revised and updated by John Berger
Soft cover, 926 pps.
George S. Kanahele published this monumental book 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.
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 historyfrom Henry Berger, David Kālakaua, Queen Liliuokalani, 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.