Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass

Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass

by Stephanie P. Ledgin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252073762

ISBN-13: 9780252073762

Pub. Date: 10/01/2006

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

With retail sales of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack exceeding 6.5 million copies since its release in the year 2000, bluegrass music has re-entered the spotlight as a major American style, spawning huge successes with subsequent albums. Author Stephanie P. Ledgin has captured the rich history of this music in Homegrown Music, a lively, informative book that

Overview

With retail sales of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack exceeding 6.5 million copies since its release in the year 2000, bluegrass music has re-entered the spotlight as a major American style, spawning huge successes with subsequent albums. Author Stephanie P. Ledgin has captured the rich history of this music in Homegrown Music, a lively, informative book that is perfect for newcomers and devoted fans, musicians and non-musicians. Though recognized and embraced internationally, bluegrass is one of only a few musical genres native to America and, like jazz, it boasts a colorful and lively history, one that is captured here in all its detail complete with candid interviews with such legends as Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Enthusiasts of all ages will find much to discover and much to enjoy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252073762
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Series:
Music in American Life Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction: O Bluegrass, Where Art Thou?xvii
Chapter 1Homegrown Music: What Is Bluegrass?1
Chapter 2The Evolution of Bluegrass: A Mosaic of Influences9
Chapter 3Banjo Meets the High Lonesome Sound19
Chapter 4Bluegrass Bends and Blends37
Chapter 5Fiddling to Flatpicking53
Chapter 6Songs of Love, Death, Faith, and Family69
Chapter 7Popular Culture: Got Bluegrass?79
Chapter 8The International Language of Bluegrass91
Chapter 9Up Close: Concerts, Festivals, and Parking Lot Pickin'101
Chapter 10Pick It Up, Pass It On!109
Chapter 11On the Horizon115
Chapter 12Down the Road: Continuing the Tradition121
Afterword: Rediscovering Bluegrass125
Twenty-Five Recordings to Jump-Start Your Collection ... Plus a Random Sampling of Videos127
Where to from Here: Suggested Resources139
Selected Works Consulted163
Index165

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