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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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"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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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: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Being a banjo player for 30 years gave me a keen interest in a book being written by a banjo player about Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass." This book gave insights not only to what it was like being a banjo player for Bill Monroe, but also insights about Bill Monroe, the man himself, that one would not find outside of this book. This book takes you along for the ride on the road with Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, and gives the reader the closest thing possible to being a member of the band. Highly recommended.
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Like Gene Lowinger's book on playing with Bill Monroe in the Bluegrass Boys this is another work from inside the belly of the bluegrass beast. Black is no more a professional writer than Lowinger but anyone wishing to know more about bluegrass music, the effort it requires to play it, the time it takes to get it right, and the degree of patience you need to work for a man as powerful as Bill Monroe can not do much better than to read this book. Bob Black is still out there playing banjo like the Devil dancin' on a hot plate at full temp and God bless him for his picking and for this worthy volume.
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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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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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This is the best book about Bill Monroe. Bob was Bill's banjo player for 2 years and my favorite (Ok tied with Scruggs.) It is a well written, truthful and reveal both Big Mon's genius and his lesser qualities. It gives you the clsoet feeling you'll ever have of being a bluegrass Boy.
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Bob's book is a no nonsense look at what life was like for a Bluegrass Boy in the later years of Bills life. I thought the book was a great read!
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