Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bill Monroe Centennial

September 13 is the 100th anniversary Bill Monroe's birth. There are many ways you can celebrate and learn more about the Father of Bluegrass.

Bill Monroe 100th Birthday Celebration

From NPR: Bill Monroe: Celebrating The Father Of Bluegrass At 100

A few highlights from our own collection of materials by or about Monroe:

Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music (DVD 1190)

Blue Moon of Kentucky: Bill Monroe, 1936-1949 (CD 28899-28904)
This 6-disc box set includes all 60 of the legendary Monroe Brothers duets from 1946-38; all 16 of the 1940-41 performances that marked the very first appearance of Bill Monroe's recordings under his own name; and all of the classic Columbia sessions from 1945-49, including ... sides with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and Chubby Wise as well as every alternate take from the Columbia sessions, a total of 50 previously unheard and unreleased out-takes" The book comprises a biographical essay by Charles K. Wolfe, notes on the songs, and a discography by Neil V. Rosenberg.

Can't You Hear Me Callin': The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass by Richard D. Smith (ML420.M65 S6 2000)

Monroe Instrumentals: 25 Bill Monroe Favorites transcribed by Todd Collins (MP131.M66 I5 2002)

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