Sandberg, Lawrence H. 1944-
SANDBERG, Lawrence H. 1944-
PERSONAL: Born May 10, 1944, in New York, NY; son of Max (a dentist) and Anne (an office manager; maiden name, Beizer) Sandberg. Education: City College of the City University of New York, B.A., 1964; graduate study at Yale University, 1964-68.
ADDRESSES: Home—Denver, CO. Offıce—155 East 4th St., New York, NY 10009.
CAREER: Boston University, Boston, MA, instructor in classical languages, 1968-70; guitarist and singer, beginning 1970. Music teacher at Denver Folklore Center, beginning 1973; lecturer at colleges; writer.
MEMBER: American Federation of Musicians, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, Broadcast Music, Inc.
UNDER NAME LARRY SANDBERG
(With Dick Weissman) The Folk Music Sourcebook, Knopf (New York, NY), 1976, updated edition, Da Capo Press (New York, NY), 1989.
Chords and Tunings for Fretted Instruments, Oak (New York, NY), 1977.
The Banjo Case Chord Book, Oak (New York, NY), 1978.
(Editor) Banjo Styles, Oak (New York, NY), 1978.
Complete Banjo Repair, Oak (New York, NY), 1979.
The Acoustic Guitar Guide: Everything You Need toKnow to Buy and Maintain a New or Used Guitar, A. Cappella (Chicago, IL), 1991, revised edition, 2000.
Acoustic Guitar Styles, Routledge (New York, NY), 2002.
SIDELIGHTS: Musician and writer Lawrence H. Sandberg specializes in instructional books geared toward stringed folk instruments. Music of this type of instrument gained a new audience in the early twenty-first century with the popularity of such albums as the top-charting, Grammy-winning O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack. In The Acoustic Guitar Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Maintain a New or Used Guitar, the author "covers different guitar woods and how they sound," wrote Library Journal reviewer Eric Shoaf. In 2002 the same reviewer assessed another Sandberg book for Library Journal, Acoustic Guitar Styles. While the printed work highlights the "rudiments" of the instrument, he said, the accompanying CD "best conveys the sense of how the music should sound, including the proper phrasing of passages."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Forests, winter, 1989, review of The FolkMusic Sourcebook, p. 10.
American Music Teacher, August, 2001, review of TheAcoustic Guitar Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Maintain a New or Used Guitar, p. 84.
Come-All-Ye, spring, 1993, review of The AcousticGuitar Guide, p. 8.
Library Journal, December, 2000, Eric Shoaf, review of The Acoustic Guitar Guide, p. 138; May 1, 2002, Eric Shoaf, review of Acoustic Guitar Styles. Whole Earth Review, winter, 1994, Stuart Chapman, review of The Acoustic Guitar Guide, p. 46.*