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Come Hither to Go Yonder: PLAYING BLUEGRASS WITH BILL MONROE (Music in American Life) Paperback – May 18, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Music in American Life
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (May 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 025207243X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252072437
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,145,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I believe Bob Black is the best playing fiddle tunes of any banjo player." Bill Monroe "Being a bluegrass banjo player and Monroe fan for most of my life, I found it easy to project myself into the situations and encounters that Black describes... This is a stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable book that I would recommend to anyone interested in Monroe's music." Tom Adler, folklorist and bluegrass historian

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Forest Stump on October 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've read a number of books about Bill Monroe over the years and this is the best. It is written by one who wore "the hat" and toured and recorded with Big Mon for two years. The reader benefits from an insider's perspective of what it was really like being around Monroe, not only working with him on the road and in the studio but even on his farm, mending fences and such. Bob Black is a good writer, serious and humorous at times and well worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big D on December 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have read several books on Bill Monroe. In his book Bob Black gives an overview of his life which includes his years prior to playing with Monroe and after including playing with the Whites. The book is interesting because it gives a first hand account of what it was like playing with the father of bluegrass. It gives insight into playing and interacting with him and the bluegrass boys. Black gives a honest account without overly praising Monroe. It is an easy read that will capture the reader's attention from the first chapter.
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Bob Black writes clearly and from a musician's perspective. His anecdotes illustrated the songwriting process, and the interaction among band members who travelled long distances with little sleep and for little pay, but loved the experience because they loved the music they played, their fellow band members, and respected their leader, Bill Monroe. More than anything, it showed Bill Monroe to be passionately committed to Bluegrass music and to anyone interested in hearing Bluegrass music. Bob Black's book shows Bill Monroe to be more than worthy of the "Father of Bluegrass" title he acquired. Anyone who loves bluegrass music or is interested in finding out what makes so many people enjoy it would enjoy this book.
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