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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 a journalist and musician. For more than thirty years, he has worked both in daily newspapers in North Carolina and Tennessee and as a freelance writer. He is the editor of Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown and winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's best journalist award.


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.

"Will stand for decades as a great reference work and the perfect introductory read for anyone interested in the history of bluegrass and its major figures."--Nashville Scene
"The Bluegrass Reader successfully manages to appeal to both the bluegrass insider and the newcomer to the genre, and in the process has given well-deserved new life to some masterful bits of writing."--Bluegrass Unlimited

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