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A long look back at the home of legendary bluegrass festivals and jamborees

Table of Contents

Preface ix Acknowledgments xiii Introduction: Rural Country Music Parks xv 1. Brown County History and Roots 1 2. Origins of the Brown County Jamboree, 1939-41 12 3. The Rund Family's Brown County Jamboree, 1941-51 21 4. Bill Monroe's Brown County Jamboree Park, 1952-57 48 5. Survivals, Revivals, and Arrivals, 1958-66 66 6. Building the Festivals, 1967-68 90 7. The Festival Becomes a Landmark, 1969-71 108 8. The Festival's Golden Age, 1972-82 123 9. Festival People and Lore 145 10. Bill and James Monroe's Festival Park, 1983-97 159 11. Renaissance, Continuity, and Change, 1998 and After 179 Notes 191 List of Interviews 209 Bibliography 213 Index 221 Illustrations follow page 122

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Thomas A. Adler is a folklorist, banjoist, radio show host, and the former executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and first attended Bean Blossom in 1968.


"Bean Blossom seems to be the ideal subject for an extended historical study such as this. Loaded with facts and details, the unfolding story is so interesting and engrossing. I read it with delighted recognition and remembrance." John Wright, author of Traveling the High Way Home: Ralph Stanley and the World of Traditional Bluegrass Music

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