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Bluegrass Odyssey

A Documentary in Pictures and Words, 1966-86

The music and culture of bluegrass as revealed through striking photographs and commentary

The fruit of four decades of collaboration between bluegrassmusic’s premier photographer and premier historian, Bluegrass Odyssey is a satisfying and visually alluring journey into the heart of a truly American music. Combining Neil V. Rosenberg’s commentary with more than two hundred of Carl Fleischhauer’s photographs, this elegant visual documentary captures the music making together with the culture and community that foster it.


“This book is about not just the musicians but also the devoted fans, the streets and stores and offices, the buses and pickups and festival sites and musical instruments and traditions that reveal the cultural landscape of bluegrass. Rosenberg’s narratives set the stage for Fleischhauer’s compelling, black-and-white photographs, photographs that invoke a remarkable intimacy in the revealing faces, the intensity and stillness, at the hillside and nightclub, in the parking lot jams or at a peaceful mountain gravesite.”--Choice

Publication of this book was supported by a grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation, Bluegrass Unlimited, and Ralph and Ruth Fisher


Carl Fleischhauer coordinates digital library projects in the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. Grammy Award–winner Neil V. Rosenberg is the professor emeritus of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the author of Bluegrass: A History and coauthor of The Music of Bill Monroe.

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