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A History

The twentieth anniversary paperback edition, updated with a new preface

Beginning with the musical cultures of the American South in the 1920s and 1930s, Bluegrass: A History traces the genre through its pivotal developments during the era of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in the forties. It describes early bluegrass's role in postwar country music, its trials following the appearance of rock and roll, its embracing by the folk music revival, and the invention of bluegrass festivals in the mid-sixties.

Neil V. Rosenberg details the transformation of this genre into a self-sustaining musical industry in the seventies and eighties and, in a supplementary preface written especially for this new edition, he surveys developments in the bluegrass world during the last twenty years. Featuring an amazingly extensive bibliography, discography, notes, and index, this book is one of the most complete and thoroughly researched books on bluegrass ever written.

"A genuine pleasure to read. Rosenberg's love, understanding, and research of one of America's true national treasures shines through on every page. . . . A classic."--Peter B. Kuykendall, editor of Bluegrass Unlimited

"The most authoritative and comprehensive account of the music yet written."--Joseph Sasfy, Washington Post Book World

Grammy Award winner Neil V. Rosenberg is professor emeritus of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is the coauthor of Bluegrass Odyssey: A Documentary in Pictures and Words, 1966-86.

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