Since getting seriously into GJ over the last little while, the thing I find most astonishing is the incredible number of people all over the world who are into playing this fabulous music, to say nothing of the number of luthiers and companies who are producing Selmac-style guitars.
Does anyone have insight into just how this all got started? Obviously, the various gypsy communities kept Django's music alive for decades and are the core from which this all sprang. But when did it really start to capture the imagination of the wider audience? When did the first Django festival take place? Who were some of the early non-gypsy bands who took up the style? How did it go from being more or less a style practiced by a particular ethnic group to a worldwide phenomenon? Inquiring minds want to know!
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-- Orson Welles