A History
Author: Neil V. Rosenberg
20th Anniversary Edition
The classic account of bluegrass from Bill Monroe to the twenty-first century
Paper – $25.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/2005
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About the Book

Beginning with the musical cultures of the American South in the 1920s and 1930s, Neil V. Rosenberg traces the history of bluegrass. His account offers the who's who and what's what story of the genre, including the pivotal era of Bill Monroe and the earliest, most influential iteration of his Blue Grass Boys; bluegrass's role in postwar country music; its trials in the wake of rock and roll; the music's embrace by the sixties folk revival and subsequent founding of major bluegrass festivals; and the emergence of a bluegrass music industry.

This edition also features a preface that follows the music into the early twenty-first century. Featuring an amazingly extensive bibliography, discography, notes, and index, Bluegrass: A History remains an essential resource and one of the most complete books on the music ever written.

About the Author

Neil V. Rosenberg is the professor emeritus of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the author of Bluegrass Generation: A Memoir and coauthor of Bluegrass Odyssey and The Music of Bill Monroe.

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"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