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Bill Monroe : the life and music of the Blue Grass man

Author: Tom Ewing
Publisher: Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe was a major star of the Grand Ole Opry for over fifty years; a member of the Country Music, Songwriters, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame; and a legendary figure in American music. This authoritative biography sets out to examine his life in careful detail--to move beyond hearsay and sensationalism to explain how and why he accomplished so much. Former Blue Grass Boy and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)1031341945
Named Person: Bill Monroe; Bill Monroe
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Ewing
ISBN: 9780252050589 0252050584
OCLC Number: 1053623332
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Dedication Page; Prologue; Chapter One. 1892-1919; Chapter Two. 1920-1929; Chapter Three. 1930-1939; Chapter Four. 1940-1949; Chapter Five. 1950-1959; Chapter Six. 1960-1969; Chapter Seven. 1970-1979; Chapter Eight. 1980-1989; Chapter Nine. 1990-1996; Epilogue; Appendix: Blue Grass Boys; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index; About the Author
Responsibility: Tom Ewing.

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The Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe was a major star of the Grand Ole Opry for over fifty years; a member of the Country Music, Songwriters, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame; and a legendary figure in American music. This authoritative biography sets out to examine his life in careful detail--to move beyond hearsay and sensationalism to explain how and why he accomplished so much. Former Blue Grass Boy and longtime music journalist Tom Ewing draws on hundreds of interviews, his personal relationship with Monroe, and an immense personal archive of materials to separate the truth from longstanding myth. Ewing tells the story of the Monroe family's musical household and Bill's early career in the Monroe Brothers duo. He brings to life Monroe's 1940s heyday with the Classic Bluegrass Band, the renewed fervor for his music sparked by the folk revival of the 1960s, and his declining fortunes in the years that followed. Throughout, Ewing deftly captures Monroe's relationships and the personalities of an ever-shifting roster of band members while shedding light on his business dealings and his pioneering work with Bean Blossom and other music festivals. Filled with a wealth of previously unknown details, Bill Monroe offers even the most devoted fan a deeper understanding of Monroe's towering achievements and timeless music.

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"Fans of bluegrass and old-school country will enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at Monroe's storied career."--Kirkus "Bluegrass fans will worship and adore Ewing's achievement."--Booklist "The best Read more...

 
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