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Michael S Can anyone suggest good Bluegrass Books? (7) RE: Can anyone suggest good Bluegrass Books? 30 Mar 03


Can't You Hear Me Calling: The Life of Bill Monroe by Richard D. Smith---a straightforward, comprehensive bio by a man who knows the field.

The Monroe Reader, edited by Tom Ewing--an annotated collection of journalism about Monroe from the late 30s until the end. Read as a whole, it gives a great picture of the changing role of grass---from plain old country music, to revived "folk" form, to hippie fascination, to middle class musical appetizer.

Bluegrass Breakdown: The Making of the Old Southern Sound by Robert Cantwell---a book length essay on "what it all means," written in Cantwell's sometimes beautiful, sometimes maddeningly impenetrable (and wordy) style.

I haven't read it, but Tom Piazza's book on Jimmy Martin--True Adventures with the King of Bluegrass--has been praised highly. I've heard it described as a wildly funny, true to life version of the touring circuit, shown through the life of a real wild character.

Michael S


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