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Theorizing the LocalMusic, Practice, and Experience in South Asia and Beyond$
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Richard Wolf

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331370.001.0001

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Local Practice, Global Network

Local Practice, Global Network

The Guitar in India as a Case Study

(p.65) Chapter 4 Local Practice, Global Network
Theorizing the Local

Martin Clayton

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ways the guitar—particularly as employed for “Western” genres such as rock and jazz—is theorized at a local level in India. The text includes extensive quotation from interviews with Indian guitarists carried out between 1998 and 2001, discussed under the following headings: “Origins and Identities” is concerned with the ways in which musicians theorize the origins of the instrument and its associations with regional, religious and other identities; “Networks” outlines the implication of the guitar in national and international systems allowing the mobility of musicians, repertory, and equipment; and finally “Music” discusses ways in which the guitar's repertory is theorized that cut across the Indian/Western division. The chapter argues that more studies of local theory are necessary even—perhaps especially—where mass-mediated global styles such as rock and jazz are involved.

Keywords:   Indian, Western, guitar, rock, jazz, theory, local, identity, religious identity

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