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I think they should make a printable version because I can not buy this book right now or at least able to copy.
The history of the guitar presents the researcher with a vast amount of material, and it is obvious that, if an unwieldy account were to be avoided, much of it would have to be omitted. Consequently, Turnbull concentrates on what seems to me the most important aspects of the different periods and treats them in much detail.
This book covers everything from the predecessors of the guitar, up to its current uses. It explains the struggles, which both the instrument and its players have suffered through during the past few centuries.
These topics relate to historical developments in the instrument and its music with concise discussions and examples to clarify the major points. Along with musical excerpts, this book contains a section of photographs and direct quotes, which prove extremely useful in the greater understanding of the covered material. It also includes a great list of references and notes at the end. A must have for any serious scholar, teacher, performer, and student.
"The rise of the guitar in the present century is no new phenomenon; its history has been one of similar periods of popularity, but the current vogue has achieved a stability that implies permanence." (p. 124)