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JCryan
07-04-2015, 01:59 PM
I have books pertaining to guitars and cigar box guitars which feature countless photos of those instruments with brief descriptions, but I have yet to find one pertaining to ukuleles.

I'd love to have one that features ukuleles throughout the past several decades.

Does such a book exist?

Hippie Dribble
07-04-2015, 02:06 PM
Yep. Closest thing there is is Jim Beloff's 'The Ukulele'. It was available in a lovely hardback edition with a pretty green cloth bound spine and is overflowing with beautiful pictures of ukes over the decades,coupled with a concise, readable history. Beautiful book. It doesn't have the huge dimensions of a coffee table book exactly (24cm x 19cm), but still is a lovely laid out production and the hardback edition gives it some gravitas.

Hippie Dribble
07-04-2015, 02:12 PM
Oh, there's also another awesome book which definitely meets "coffee table" criteria called Finding Paradise which is more of a Hawaii history but has a sweet section devoted to the ukulele. Was given as a gift tome by my wife some years back and it is a real treasure.

JCryan
07-04-2015, 02:18 PM
Yep. Closest thing there is is Jim Beloff's 'The Ukulele'.

I found "the Ukulele: A Visual History" by Jim Beloff on Amazon.com

If this is the book you are referencing, let me know and I'll grab it. ;-)

Hippie Dribble
07-04-2015, 02:21 PM
I found "the Ukulele: A Visual History" by Jim Beloff on Amazon.com

If this is the book you are referencing, let me know and I'll grab it. ;-)
That's the one. Get the hardcover edition if you can!

JCryan
07-04-2015, 02:45 PM
Thank you.

I was only able to purchase the 2003 hardcover edition in "good" used condition (new was not an option), but I'm sure it will get plenty of use since I'm presently unable to play my ukuleles due to a pinched nerve in my neck (if you can't play, you might as well look). lol

Hippie Dribble
07-04-2015, 02:53 PM
Thank you.

I was only able to purchase the 2003 hardcover edition in "good" used condition (new was not an option), but I'm sure it will get plenty of use since I'm presently unable to play my ukuleles due to a pinched nerve in my neck (if you can't play, you might as well look). lol

Excellent. 2003 was the year the 2nd Ed. was published that was revised and updated - in my opinion a better publication than the '97 1st Ed. And good to get a hardback copy, I don't think the editions beyond 2003 are even available in that format. You'll love it.

Down Up Dick
07-04-2015, 03:01 PM
I saw a hard bound "coffee table book" on Martin Guitars (?) Ukuleles (?) at Barnes & Noble--not sure which. :old:

Hippie Dribble
07-04-2015, 03:07 PM
I saw a hard bound "coffee table book" on Martin Guitars (?) Ukuleles (?) at Barnes & Noble--not sure which. :old:
The Martin Ukulele, Tom Walsh & John King.

Down Up Dick
07-04-2015, 03:45 PM
Thanks, Hippie, if I may call you that. I have some small, 8 or 9 inch square books, and, while they're not really coffee table books, they're interesting and tell a lot about Ukes.

Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. :old:

hollisdwyer
07-04-2015, 03:57 PM
Yep. Closest thing there is is Jim Beloff's 'The Ukulele'. It was available in a lovely hardback edition with a pretty green cloth bound spine and is overflowing with beautiful pictures of ukes over the decades,coupled with a concise, readable history. Beautiful book. It doesn't have the huge dimensions of a coffee table book exactly (24cm x 19cm), but still is a lovely laid out production and the hardback edition gives it some gravitas.
Thanks for this info. I just ordered one from Amazon, used. It should get here by my birthday at the end of August.

Doc_J
07-04-2015, 04:01 PM
There's a really nice " coffee table " book on The Tony Ku Vintage Ukulele Collection. It may be out of print.
http://www.theukulelesite.com/vintage-ukuleles-the-tony-ku-collection.html
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turtledrum
07-04-2015, 05:11 PM
Oh, there's also another awesome book which definitely meets "coffee table" criteria called Finding Paradise which is more of a Hawaii history but has a sweet section devoted to the ukulele. Was given as a gift tome by my wife some years back and it is a real treasure.

Thanks for the tip! I visited Hawaii for the first time a few weeks ago and now can't wait f or my copy of this book to arrive. MAHALO!

Hippie Dribble
07-04-2015, 05:33 PM
Awesome! To me, Finding Paradise is just one of those must-have books in your library. It's gorgeous. And revealing.

Here's a blurb for anyone that may also be interested in it:

Spanning the period from pre-Western contact to statehood, Finding Paradise examines in text and images the art, the culture (both high and low), and the mystique of the Hawaiian Islands. A lavishly illustrated book that includes over 500 color photographs, Finding Paradise features extensive coverage of paintings and painters, prints and printmakers, and a valuable discussion of "The Hawai'i One Hundred," a list comprised of one hundred essential books printed before the end of the nineteenth century. There are also essays on surfing, the 'ukulele, the promotion of Hawai'i as an island "paradise," and the development of the Hawaiian quiltmaking tradition, as well as sculpture and the decorative arts (ceramics, furniture, and jewelry).

Hippie Dribble
07-04-2015, 05:35 PM
Thanks for this info. I just ordered one from Amazon, used. It should get here by my birthday at the end of August.

Great Hollis, I think as a graphic artist/designer you'll appreciate this enormously mate. Wall to wall eye candy and every colour of the rainbow.

ukulelekarcsi
07-05-2015, 10:57 PM
The Martin ukulele book and the other John King book are excellent history books, but not 'coffee table' by my definition, where nice pictures dominate the texts.

- The 'Visual history' by Jim Beloff is the best choice, while not very big in format (the woven spine and fabulous photographs to earn it it's coffee table status). Beloff also has eye for graphics, ads, old photographs, string packages...
- The Tony Ku one is good recommendation, much larger, but rather expensive and only having 'mug shot' photographs of ukuleles.
- Daniel Dixon's posthumously published 'The World's Friendliest Instrument' is about the same size as Beloff's book but in a square format, hard covers, tons of illustrations, but is a bit light and lame on the actual texts. But this would be my second choice, after Beloff's highly recommended book.

Surly-Mac
07-06-2015, 03:59 AM
I didn't know that I needed​ such a thing until I found this thread! Off to Amazon...

hollisdwyer
07-06-2015, 04:25 AM
Great Hollis, I think as a graphic artist/designer you'll appreciate this enormously mate. Wall to wall eye candy and every colour of the rainbow.

Although I lectured in an Art & Design College, I couldn't draw the proverbial straight line. My study areas were photography, film production and later, computer graphics and animation.

kapahulu50
07-06-2015, 08:31 PM
This month's hana hou magazine (hawaiian air lines ) has a great feature with full page photos of some incredible vintage instruments

UkerDanno
07-07-2015, 04:27 AM
I didn't know that I needed​ such a thing until I found this thread! Off to Amazon...

me neither and after checking Amazon, hardcover editions range from $35 to $500?!?!?!

wickedwahine11
07-07-2015, 05:16 AM
Staci, who is wickedwahine on UU, is making a coffee table book about the Chuck Moore ukulele. According to her thread, which I cannot seems to locate now, it is not going to be a regular book, and it is not going to be a website. It is going to be a bonafide coffee table book with photos of ukes and owners, stories of their Chuck Moore ukuleles, and is to have glorious, full-color glossy photos.

Im looking forward to seeing how it comes together.

Postscript: wait, I found the thread, March 2015.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?104794-Moore-Bettah-stories&highlight=Chuck+Moore+coffee+table+book

Just an update, we completed this book. It is a coffee table style, 80 page book. It is currently available for order on Kickstarter. See page four of the thread coolkayaker1 linked for details - or you can see it on the Moore Bettah website page.

Down Up Dick
07-07-2015, 10:20 AM
Remember this: Kramer suggested that one put little legs on his new book, so it would stand on it's own on the coffee table. Anyone thinking about making a new ukulele book might wanna consider his idea.

Ha Ha? Just tryin' to be helpful. :old:

wickedwahine11
01-15-2016, 10:59 AM
Just and update for this thread, I wrote one on Moore Bettah ukes. I don't want to link it here but it is in the Shameless Self Promotion part of the forum.