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From Every Stage: Images of America's Roots Music

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Bluegrass, folk, blues, Cajun, Celtic, and country music-these traditional genres have recently fostered a popular explosion of music and dance festivals throughout the United States. From Every Stage: Images of America's Roots Music is a photo narrative, capturing the emotion, excitement, and energy of performances by greats and up-and-comers in the broad spectrum of roots-derived music in America.

Stephanie P. Ledgin brings thirty years of writing and photojournalism to this ...

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Overview

Bluegrass, folk, blues, Cajun, Celtic, and country music-these traditional genres have recently fostered a popular explosion of music and dance festivals throughout the United States. From Every Stage: Images of America's Roots Music is a photo narrative, capturing the emotion, excitement, and energy of performances by greats and up-and-comers in the broad spectrum of roots-derived music in America.

Stephanie P. Ledgin brings thirty years of writing and photojournalism to this lavishly illustrated book. Two hundred black-and-white and color photographs depict singers, instrumentalists, and dancers in action and in unguarded, spontaneous backstage moments.

Folk icons Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, and Odetta grace the stage. The stars of bluegrass shine in photos of Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, and Béla Fleck. Scottish fiddle wizard Johnny Cunningham, fiery Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers, Piedmont blues guitarist John Jackson, and "zydeco" Queen Ida join such legendary artists as John Hartford, Doc Watson, and Jean Ritchie. Country greats Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Wynonna Judd, Randy Travis, and comedienne Minnie Pearl perform at prestigious venues. Finally, several interviews with pivotal personalities, all published here for the first time, lend voice and character to this trove of images.

An eloquent foreword by CBS News Sunday Morning anchor Charles Osgood, also host of The Osgood File, provides entrée to this vibrant panorama.

Stephanie P. Ledgin, Piscataway, New Jersey, is a journalist and photographer who has focused on bluegrass and traditional folk music since 1975. She is the author of Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass, and her articles and photographs have appeared in numerous music magazines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578067404
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 6/13/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 576,501
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
In the beginning ... 1
Bill Monroe : "I love to be on the road" 5
And when in Nashville ... the world-famous Station Inn 11
Jens Kruger catches the "feel" 30
Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet : mash-down music 38
Roy M. Huskey in his own words 46
John Hartford on Huskey : hearing in colors 54
Johnson Mountain Boys : not at the old schoolhouse 66
Marty Stuart on Lester Flatt 93
The bottom line was tops 108
Jimmie Skinner, gentleman songwriter 113
Vassar Clements fiddles hillbilly jazz 126
Doc Watson : "applause is like an amplified friendly handshake" 131
"Taste the traditional" with the bluegrass band 139
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