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Bluegrass: An Informal Guide
Bluegrass: An Informal Guide
by Richard D. Smith
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good place for a beginner to start., February 13, 1999
Smith gives a lot of basic information that a bluegrass newcomer might want to know -- the essential names, the basics of each instrument, what to expect at a festival, etc. The author's style gets a little cutesy at times, but he does warn you that this is an "informal guide."

by James A. Michener
Edition: Audio Cassette
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Michener blinded by his own assumptions., February 1, 1999
This review is from: Caribbean (Audio Cassette)
Michener once again poses as objective historian whilst force-feeding his own narrow-minded assumptions on anyone still reading his books. Although CARIBBEAN has some interesting sections, the author's thinly-veiled prejudices come shining through. The book is nearly half over before the narrator gives any attention to a single black character. His dismissal of Carib Indians is shallow and redundant. And he completely trashes Rastafarianism as a deliberate attempt to misread scripture in order to get high and scare whitey. This last dose of intolerance is utterly indefensible. Coming from the author who defended the rights of white South Africans to seize and oppress, CARIBBEAN gives thoughtful readers one more reason to discard Michener's imitation scholarship and reach for some real wisdom instead.
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