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by Dick Weissman,Art Menius,Bob Cherry,Barry R. Willis
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  • Author:
    Dick Weissman,Art Menius,Bob Cherry,Barry R. Willis
  • ISBN:
    0965240703
  • ISBN13:
    978-0965240703
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    Pine Valley Music (October 3, 1997)
  • Pages:
    640 pages
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Barry Willis has a passion for bluegrass music, its history and its people.

Barry Willis has a passion for bluegrass music, its history and its people. A fan for years, when he sought to understand what bluegrass was all about, he took copious notes and interviewed hundereds of the music's most important protagonists. Over the past 30 years, Bluegrass music has gained the scholarly recognition previously attained by Classical music, and more recently by Jazz, to the point of where there are now quite a number of serious books written on the subject, albeit mostly from a musicologist's interpretation.

This huge book is a history of bluegrass music in the words of its pioneers. Hundreds of interviews are accented with 400 plus photos and 26 chapters, which cover every aspect of bluegrass music. Chapters include: Biographies, Business, Women in Bluegrass, the Festivals, Instruments, Record Companies, International Music and even The Future of Bluegrass.

In: Bluegrass Unlimited, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 62-63. View it in the Music Periodicals Database.

America's Music - Bluegrass: A History of Bluegrass Music in the Words of Its Pioneers by Barry R. Willis. Bluegrass Breakdown - The Making of the Old Southern Sound by Robert Cantwell. Bluegrass: An Informal Guide by Richard D. Smith. and a good DVD: "High Lonesome: The Story Of Bluegrass Music". A documentary based on Bill Monroe. Includes appearances by Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, Bobby Osborne, Sonny Osborne, Don Reno, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and a young Alison Krauss.

America's Music: Bluegrass : A History of Bluegrassmusic in the Words of Its Pioneers. October 3, 1997, Pine Valley Music. Paperback in English. Libraries near you: WorldCat.

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Bluegrass music has attracted a diverse following worldwide

Bluegrass music has attracted a diverse following worldwide. Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe characterized the genre as: "Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'. It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound. Exactly when the word bluegrass itself was adopted to label this form is not certain, but is believed to be in the late 1950s, and was derived from the name of the seminal Blue Grass Boys band, formed in 1939 with Bill Monroe as its leader.

Bluegrass music is a genre of American roots music that developed in the 1940s in the United States Appalachian region. The genre derives its name from the band Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys. Bluegrass has roots in traditional English, Scottish and Irish ballads and dance tunes, and by traditional African-American blues and jazz. Bluegrass was further developed by musicians who played with Monroe, including 5-string banjo player Earl Scruggs and guitarist Lester Flatt

This huge book is a history of bluegrass music in the words of its pioneers. Hundreds of interviews are accented with 400 plus photos and 26 chapters, which cover every aspect of bluegrass music. Chapters include: Biographies, Business, Women in Bluegrass, the Festivals, Instruments, Record Companies, International Music and even The Future of Bluegrass.

Dakora
I bought the book for my father Bill, who is a die-hard bluegrass fan and musician in Cortland, OH (northeast) that I would say lives and breathes the music. We were both impressed with the book, even after I read the reviews. THe best way I can describe it is an encyclopedia on all that is bluegrass. It provides not only a history but an understanding of the roots of the music. Bluegrass is American folk and we should be proud of it as being part of our history - stories passed on for generations, still today.
-Jake-
Ballazan
After reading through this comprehensive timeline of Bluegrass music I appreciated my own music studies in a deeper way. After reading it cover to cover four times, I gained gratitude to the artists who forged ahead on some rocky roads. This one time printing had been hard to come by before such outlets as Amazon. If one is getting taken by the current bands and artists of this music, a reading of the pioneer's efforts to gain ground and any outlet to perform will prove eyeopening. I found I could usually get a cassette of the musicians from an old recording to follow the chronology outlined in this well researched presentation; of the people and instruments that came together to make America's music. This is not "pop" music reading; it's roots are mountain and tough living immigrates from Scotland, Ireland and the addition of true 'blues of African neighbors. Just one of the best reads worth your while.
Jothris
Over the past 30 years, Bluegrass music has gained the scholarly recognition previously attained by Classical music, and more recently by Jazz, to the point of where there are now quite a number of serious books written on the subject, albeit mostly from a musicologist's interpretation. Fortunately, these scholars also happen to be ardent fans of the music, and for the most part we are spared the dryness of the strictly analytical presentation of the subject. "America's Music-Bluegrass" goes beyond any of the previously published books on the music, in that Barry Willis lets the MUSICIANS do all the talking, so what we get here, is a 'first person' account of the history--as it happened, by the actual participants as well as the eyewitnesses to the historical events. This feature alone, sets this book apart from the others...absolutely nothing redundant nor plagiarized here. The result is a refreshing comparison of opinions and 'gossip,' describing the same event(s) from different vantage points. Even the music's biggest recording stars and personalities freely speak their mind, and are quoted verbatim.

Within the 631 pages and 25 chapters, Willis covers everything from the Roots of Bluegrass; all the way to the much-speculated 'Future of Bluegrass'...with delightful side trips covering each of the Bluegrass instruments and their most influential exponents. Loaded with rare, candid and many never-before-seen photos, this book is a MUST for any Bluegrass fan, musician and/or record collector.

This is indeed a well-written book.
Blacknight
A very good history of the Bluegrass Music industry. I use this book often. It includes many bands, artist, song writers, sidemen and women plus other bluegrass industry people.
Mary Bluegrass World
Sataxe
I bought this for a friend and he just loves it. He says it is very informative and he recomends it to all Bluegrass fans.