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The Bill Monroe reader
Ewing, Tom, 1946-
Publication Information:
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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ML420.M5595 B55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Lively, heartfelt, and informative, 'The Bill Monroe Reader' is a fitting tribute to the man and the musician who transformed the traditional music of western Kentucky into an international sensation.

Author Notes

Tom Ewing played guitar with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys from 1986 to 1996. He is a columnist for and contributor to Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.

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Choice Review

A columnist for Bluegrass Unlimited (1966- ) and a former member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Ewing has pulled together a wide range of writings about the father of bluegrass music, materials dating from 1937 to 1998, two years after Monroe's death. Ewing includes magazine and newspaper articles, numerous published interviews with Monroe, and much else. He accompanies each selection with footnotes and comments, supplying helpful background information, and also provides numerous illustrations and a short bibliography. Monroe's musical stature has been thoroughly covered in Richard Smith's Can't You Hear Me Callin': The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass (2000), and this volume does not add significantly to the story told by Smith. Indeed, it includes much redundant information--for example about Monroe's early years, his start on the Grand Ole Opry, and the shifting membership of the Blue Grass Boys. Neil Rosenberg presented the larger picture in Bluegrass: A History (CH, May'86). Recommended for graduate and research libraries with a serious interest in country music. R. D. Cohen Indiana University Northwest