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Bill C. Malone is professor of history emeritus at Tulane University. Widely regarded as the foremost historian of country music, he is author of Country Music, U.S.A. and Don't Get above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class. For UNC Press, he is also the editor of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 12: Music.
Bill Malone provides a clear and educational insight into the life and times of Mike Seeger.--Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians A fascinating tribute to a man who changed the face of American music." --The Clarion Ledger An excellent book for the general reader of traditional music history and even for those who knew Seeger. . . . Malone's biography, with its detailed references, will be an important resource for further scholarly research on the history of traditional American music.--Studies in American Culture Malone's Music from the True Vine recounts Mike Seeger's life and mission in rich detail . . . . It's a balanced, well-told story of a passion for this rural music and of its importance in our daily lives.--News Leader Malone is the perfect author to have written this biography of Mike Seeger.--New York Journal of Books [An] excellent and affectionate biography.--Times Literary Supplement Malone, long the nation's most authoritative historian of country music, has written an impressively researched, psychologically insightful, and eminently readable biography of an individual whose lifework changed our understanding both of folk music and the southern region that spawned it.--Journal of Southern History Malone's work is an important tribute to a rare musician.--The Daily Page This is a delightful biography of Mike Seeger . . . . A must read for anyone interested in folk music. Essential. All readers.--Choice Malone traces Seeger's life and achievements with affection and in remarkable detail.--Booklist Un ouvrage essential pour mieux comprendre la musique folk americaine.--Le Canard Folk An important contribution to folklore scholarship. . . . Rich in detail and could be a blueprint for telling the story of an individual's entrance into a musical career.--Journal of American Folklore [An] illuminating biography. . . . Paints Seeger's contribution to the folk music revival as one of genuine respect for and commemoration of the music he was preserving and lets the importance of Seeger's work speak for itself.--Library Journal Resistant to making his own life a central part of his legacy, [Mike Seeger] remained an enigma to many who'd long relished and built on his music. . . . The more obscure parts of the story are clarified in Bill C. Malone's biography, Music from the True Vine.--Wall Street Journal A thorough and fitting account of Seeger's work and a celebration of the timeless music that he cherished and did so much to perpetuate.--Music Book Reader Bulletin, Caught by the River In Bill C. Malone, Seeger has a biographer worthy of his importance.--ForeWord What renders the book relevant to a wide range of readers--whether or not they have ever heard of Mike Seeger--is its emphasis on placing the musician's life into broader contexts.--West Virginia History