Horn Man: The Polish-American Musician in Twentieth-Century Detroit

Laurie A. Gomulka Palazzolo

Published by Wayne State Univ Pr (T), 2003
ISBN 10: 0814331939 / ISBN 13: 9780814331934
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Synopsis: Detroit and its strong Polish community share in America's rich history of Polish music and customs. This work documents that history and details the development of the Polish-American musicians in Detroit who became known as polka musicians, even though their music was very diversified.

From the Publisher: Detroit and its strong Polish community share in America’s rich history of Polish music and customs. Horn Man documents that history and details the development of the Polish-American musicians in Detroit who became known as "polka musicians," even though their music was remarkably diversified. The book reveals how the Polish musical customs and traditions developed around the liturgical calendar and how new Polish musical traditions were born in America and Detroit. Explored within are the lives and careers of the musicians who performed throughout the twentieth century for community events such as weddings, christenings, picnics, dances, funerals, and anniversary parties.

This regional study by the daughter of one of the prominent Polish-American bandleaders in Detroit discusses the rich tradition of the Polish wedding in Detroit and the evolution of the music that accompanied not just the Polish wedding, but all Polish-American events. Laurie A. Gomulka Palazzolo seeks to understand why the polka, which did not originate in Poland but rather in Bohemia, became and has remained synonymous with Poles. The book challenges the negative stereotype of the polka and endeavors to raise a better understanding of and appreciation for the music created by the Detroit-area Polish-American jobbing musicians. Horn Man, with its vivid pictures and narrative, brings honor and a renewed credibility to Detroit’s legacy of Polish-American music and tradition.

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Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr (T)
Publication Date: 2003
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