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Bluegrass breakdown : the making of the old southern sound

Author: Robert Cantwell
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2003.
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Robert Cantwell engages the historical background, commercial origins, internal workings, and cultural and social significance of popular, old-time music to provide a unique musicological and sociological perspective. Well versed in the history of the tradition and as interested in those who listen to the music as in those who create it, Cantwell links bluegrass to its hillbilly roots in Appalachia and shows how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Cantwell
ISBN: 0252071174 9780252071171
OCLC Number: 51726785
Description: xxi, 308 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface to the 1984 Edition --
Prologue: A New Grand Ole Opry: Bill Monroe at Capitol Center --
Ch. 1. In the Hills of Old Kentucky: The Social Background --
Ch. 2. Hillbilly Music: The Commercial Background --
Ch. 3. Folk Music in Overdrive: The Musical Moment --
Ch. 4. Banjo: African Rhythms and the Bluegrass Beat --
Ch. 5. Ancient Tones: The Roots of Southern Song --
Ch. 6. Upstairs, Downstairs, out in the Kitchen: The Tradition --
Ch. 7. Workin' Music: Bluegrass and Jazz --
Ch. 8. Old Time Music: Parlor Books, the Phonograph, and Folk Revivalism --
Ch. 9. The High, Lonesome Sound: Ritual, Icon, and Image --
Ch. 10. Bilin' Down Creation: The Landscape of Bluegrass --
Ch. 11. Tambo and Bones: Blackface Minstrelsy, the Opry, and Bill Monroe.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Robert Cantwell.

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