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James Rooney has been involved in music ever since he first appeared on the WCOP "Hayloft Jamboree" as a teenager in Boston in 1954. He has been a musical partner of banjoist Bill Keith for over fifty years and played an important part in the folk revival of the ‘60’s, managing the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge, Mass, and then becoming a Director of and the talent coordinator for the Newport Folk Festival. In 1970 Jim moved to Woodstock, NY, where he managed the Bearsville Sound Studios for Albert Grossman and was a member of The Woodstock Mountains Revue. Since 1976 Jim has worked in Nashville, TN as a musician, songwriter, recording engineer, Grammy-winning record producer and partner in a successful music publishing company, Forerunner Music. Jim is best known for his record production with Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Iris Dement, Hal Ketchum, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, and Peter Rowan. In 2009 he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Americana Music Association for his work as an engineer/producer. In addition to Bossmen Jim also co-wrote Baby, Let Me Follow You Down: The Illustrated Story of the Cambridge Folk Years with Eric Von Schmidt. (Univ. of Massachusetts Press)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: JRPbooks (August 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985439904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985439903
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ronni Lundy on June 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like countless musician profiles, Bossmen utilizes a standard interview question and answer format; but it's as if Jim Rooney were the first writer to actually hear what these men were saying about their their lives, their art and the cost they paid for their brilliance. The result is an extended conversation with two American icons that reveals far more about each than any work previously or subsequently. Rooney manages to honor the work and the power of the men who created it without lapsing into careless adoration. This is a great book about American music in particular, creativity in general. It was a crime that the work of Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe was neglected for so long and it's a crime that Rooney's book is out of print.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gil Blas on October 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters each came off hardscrabble farms in the rural South in the 1930s, moved to the Chicago area in search of better-paying work, and made from the folk music of their home places a powerful genre--Bluegrass for Monroe, Chicago Blues for Waters--that influenced Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and countless others. Readers looking for definitive biographies of these two American masters will not find them here, but Jim Rooney offers something that cannot be found anywhere else, an explanation in their own words, recorded in interviews while they were still in their prime, of how they made their music, led their bands, and kept them going through decades of personnel turnovers and changing audiences. Originally published in 1971. Highly recommended.
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Enjoyed the Bill Monroe part of the book but was a little disappointed in the "Muddy Waters" part of the book. For folks wanting to learn a little bit more about Bill Monroe this is a good book.
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By Kevin B on February 16, 2013
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Two men diverse yet not really removed too far from each other. Both birthed and fostered the sound they envisioned in their souls. Insightful well written book. It will expose fans of either "Bossman"to a different but valuable musical perspective.
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