Robert B. Winans is a professor emeritus of American literature and folklore at Gettysburg College.
As far as I know this book has no real equivalents. Several of the essays are pioneering contributions to the esoteric but intriguing field of banjo research and folklore and ethnomusicology generally. --Robert S. Cantwell, author of Bluegrass Breakdown: The Making of the Old Southern Sound An excellent book with plenty of material for both specialist and casual readers. --Galpin Society Journal Inspired by Dena Epstein, this is the first book to use a holistic approach in exploring the history of the banjo; it is an excellent compilation of articles for those interested in the music of Africa and the Americas. --Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, author of Fiddling in West Africa: Touching the Spirit in Fulbe, Hausa, and Dagbamba Cultures Winans makes a rich addition to the literature. Recommended. --Choice