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Thread #31107   Message #402546
Posted By: GUEST,ucsbstudent
20-Feb-01 - 07:45 PM
Thread Name: Help: the 'invention' of bluegrass
Subject: the 'invention' of bluegrass
I was recently talking to a friend who's a bluegrass and Old Time player and we got into a conversation about Bill Monroe. Now everyone knows that Bill Monroe "invented" bluegrass, but did he really? I know that it's basically agreed upon by everyone, but when it comes to musical genres I am hesitant to say that any one person invented any one thing. Are there any other musical genres out there that are attributed to the invention of just one person? Obviously Monroe was influenced by a lot of different styles, so where do we draw the line between innovation and invention? Were there other people (who we may have never heard of) who were doing the same thing as Monroe around the same time, but never got famous? I'm not out to tear down any idols, destroy anyone's dearly held beliefs, or smear Bill Monroe, I'm just a curious music student who likes to ask difficult questions. Have at it Mudcatters!