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APR 05, 2013 - Time

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The Banjo-ification of Pop: Why the Instrument Is Everywhere

In 1963, when the folk-music trend made a young Greg Deering want to learn to play the banjo, his mother said no. But he was obsessed, desperate to create the sounds he had heard on a Kingston Trio record. When he was 13, he saved his paper-route money for a month and splurged on a $20 instrument advertised in a local San Diego newspaper—over the objections of his mother, who was convinced he was wasting his hard-earned cash on a passing fad. “Every time I turned around, I had somebody discourage me,” he recalls, “That just increased my resolve.” That resolve turned an obsession ... Read More

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