The Bluegrass Reader

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Thomas Goldsmith
University of Illinois Press, 2004 - Music - 353 pages
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In The Bluegrass Reader, Thomas Goldsmith joins his insights as a journalist with a lifetime of experience in bluegrass to capture the full story of this beloved American music. Inspired by the question "What articles about bluegrass would you want to have with you on a desert island?" he assembled a delicious, fun-to-read collection that brings together a wide range of the very best in bluegrass writing.
Goldsmith's substantial introduction describes and traces the development of the music from its origins in Anglo-American folk tradition, overlaid with African American influences, to the breakout popularity of Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, and the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. He introduces each selection offering a wealth of additional information, making The Bluegrass Reader both enjoyable and invaluable for new fans of the music as well as for its lifetime devotees.
 

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Contents

Bossman Bill Monroe
35
Interview with Don Reno
54
Rudy LyleClassic Bluegrass Banjo Man
118
Bill MonroeThe Daddy of Blue Grass Music
137
The Plight of the Bluegrass Widow
191
So You Dont Like the Way We Do
199
The Bluegrass Alliance
215
Bluegrass Mandolin 13rd Century Later
225
Record Reviews The Bluegrass Album Vol 2
246
Wandering Boy Returns to His Roots
262
Keynote Address
298
Bones to Pick
305
From True Adventures with the King of Bluegrass
312
the Rules of Bluegrass
319
Constant Sorrow
327
INDEX
339

Pete Wernicks Secret Ingredient
239

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About the author (2004)

Thomas Goldsmith is the generations reporter for the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, he was assistant managing editor for local news at the Tennessean in Nashville. He is also a record producer, musician, singer, and songwriter and was awarded the 2004 International Bluegrass Music Association's award for Print Media Personality of the Year.

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