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The Bluegrass Reader


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The complete history of this dynamic genre as told through the best of bluegrass writing

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The complete history of this dynamic genre as told through the best of bluegrass writing

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Thomas Goldsmith is generations reporter for the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.


The popularity of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its soundtrack renewed interest in bluegrass music. Contemporary artists like Alison Krauss now play with classic performers like Ralph Stanley to packed houses. Journalist Goldsmith, a bluegrass musician himself, provides a comprehensive and colorful history by collecting articles on figures as diverse as Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, Steve Earle, and Krauss by the likes of Alan Lomax, Hunter S. Thompson, and Marty Stuart. These selections range from short reviews of individual performances to musicians' reminiscences to lengthy and affectionate portraits of bluegrass artists; some have never been published. Goldsmith's introduction is worth the price of admission, for it offers a clear and engaging survey of the three ages of bluegrass: the early years (1939-59), the "reseeding of bluegrass" (1959-79), and the roots revival (1959-). This first anthology of its kind is finger-pickin' good; highly recommended.-Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Lancaster, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"For those with a serious interest in bluegrass, The Bluegrass Reader is an indispensable read." John Lupton, Sing Out!

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