Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

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Recorded in 1949, Foggy Mountain Breakdown changed the face of American music. Earl Scruggs's instrumental essentially transformed the folk culture that came before it while helping to energize bluegrass's entry into the mainstream in the 1960s. The song has become a gateway to bluegrass for musicians and fans alike as well as a happily inescapable track in film and television. Thomas Goldsmith explores the origins and influence of Foggy Mountain Breakdown against the backdrop of Scruggs's legendary career. Interviews with Scruggs, his wife Louise, disciple Bela Fleck, and sidemen like Curly Seckler, Mac Wiseman, and Jerry Douglas shed light on topics like Scruggs's musical evolution and his working relationship with Bill Monroe. As Goldsmith shows, the captivating sound of Foggy Mountain Breakdown helped bring back the banjo from obscurity and distinguished the low-key Scruggs as a principal figure in American acoustic music.Passionate and long overdue, Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown takes readers on an ear-opening journey into two minutes and forty-three seconds of heaven.

Book details

EAN

9780252084782

Classifications

Music reviews and criticism
Folk & traditional music
Country & Western music
Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups
Biography=> arts & entertainment

Format

Paperback / softback

Number of pages

200 pages

Weight(g)

332g

Dimensions(mm)

153 x 230 x 12

Publication date

2019-09-13

Publisher

University of Illinois Press

Readership

General (US: Trade)

Series

Music in American Life

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United States

Language

English

EAN 9780252084782
Classification Music reviews and criticism
Folk & traditional music
Country & Western music
Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups
Biography=> arts & entertainment
Format Paperback / softback
Number of pages 200 pages
Weight(g) 332g
Dimensions(mm) 153 x 230 x 12
Publication date 2019-09-13
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Readership General (US: Trade)
Series Music in American Life
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language: English

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