a history of
bluegrass music in the words of its pioneers
by Barry Willis
Self-Published in 1998 by Pine Valley Music
"Most exhausting compilation
of information about the history and personalities
of bluegrass music
Loaded with facts, photos, stories
It's a reference book, story book and picture book - All in One!
ISBN # 0-9652407-0-3.
First edition published October, 1997 by Pine Valley
Second edition published January, 1998.
Huge, oversized book with 650 pages and 420 photos.
1-1/2 inches in capacity.
Brightly printed and laminated cover with very durable
Very easy to read with large type.
A truly American music is brought
to life by the words of the people who lived it. The author's interviews of
hundreds of bluegrass music's most notable heroes will prove a valuable
source of information for years to come. America's Music:BLUEGRASS may be the
most important book on bluegrass ever written. Many fascinating anecdotes,
biographies, quotations and photos.
This thorough work on the history
of bluegrass is written for a new person to bluegrass as well as the veteran.
The detailed story of this marvelous music is told through thousands of
quotations and stories of this music's most important musicians, promoters,
managers and historians. The largest source of first-person quotes ever
America's Music: BLUEGRASS the
whole story of bluegrass, from its roots to its branches to what the future
might be. Highly readable for the novice with enough detail for the ardent
America's Music: BLUEGRASS is a
new history book about bluegrass – the music and the people. It’s a timely book
about a music genre, whose first generation members are beginning to pass on and
definitely fills a void on the shelf marked "bluegrass" in the music section of
most bookstores and libraries. It’s a book that talks about where the music came
from and where it is going. Author, Barry Willis has captured the feeling and
documented the passion of this true American art form - bluegrass.
With fanatical detail and
accuracy, America's Music: BLUEGRASS tells the story of bluegrass in the words
of its pioneers. By going directly to the source, Barry’s interviews of hundreds
of bluegrass heroes, historians and industry people recounts first hand many of
their quotes, anecdotes and stories. There are even a few controversial topics.
Twelve years in the making, this self-published project is truly a "labor of
This big book is a reference
book, history book, picture book, and storybook all in one. Chock full of
historical background, it is written for the newcomer to the music as well as
the aficionado. It’s a valuable resource for musicians, concert emcees, as well
as radio deejays, who like to share stories about the music with their audience.
It received accolades at this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s
annual Trade Show and Fan Fest.|
are 26 with two appendices—include Roots, Women in
Bluegrass, the Business of Bluegrass, Pioneers, Instrument Companies, Branches
of Bluegrass, the effects of Radio and Television on bluegrass, a chapter on the
international aspect of this music and even a chapter on the Future of
Bluegrass. Details – this is a big, over-sized soft cover book, with 640 pages
and 411 photos.
the author and the publisher.|
Email with any questions, concerns or special requests.
We think you'll be satisfied with the quality and scope of this book
Thank you for your interest.
Jan and Barry Willis
Jan and Barry Willis
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740