Fiddler's Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri Hardcover – June 30, 2017
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- ASIN : 0826221211
- Publisher : University of Missouri; Har/Com edition (June 30, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780826221216
- ISBN-13 : 978-0826221216
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Item Weight : 1.85 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.7 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fiddler’s Dream certainly equals the panache and passion in character and content of Howard Marshall’s more dashingly titled 2012 companion offering Play Me Something Quick and Devilish.
(“Fiddler’s Dream” refers to a sign that graced the front gate of the legendary fiddler Pete McMahan’s Harrisburg, Missouri home – which in turn may have referenced a signature tune of another old time fiddling legend, Arthur Smith).
To be completely candid, in this reviewer’s opinion, these two books, taken together or separately, are stunning achievements.
The writing is conversational in style, yet compelling and precise. And the drill-down into the subject matter is of timeless value. Perhaps above all though, Marshall is a master story teller. The characters are so sharply dimensioned as to reach out from the pages and the range and depth of the story – in spite of the boundaries seemingly set by the book’s subtitle – is universal.
The CD which accompanies the Fiddler’s Dream text is of special interest in and of itself, in that it includes a variety of selections from the century covered in the book and features such discoveries as a youthful John Hartford playing fiddle band back-up banjo (1958) as well as the work of others who were or would become celebrated musicians.
The narrative conclusion is titled “Why end Fiddler’s Dream in the 1960’s?” While the answer may be obvious to cultural historians and others who plow similar furrows, it is unlikely that any response will be framed more eloquently than that of Marshall’s reply.