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True Adventures with the King of Bluegrass (Portraits in Country Music)

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Publisher Comments:

Jimmy Martin was just twenty-two years old when Bill Monroe asked him to join the Blue Grass Boys. That invitation was the start of a fifty-year recording career, recently celebrated with Martin's induction into the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Honor. At age seventy-two, he still regularly performs with his band, the Sunny Mountain Boys. Yet the man himself remains an obscure figure, compared with other bluegrass greats like Ralph Stanley or the Osborne Brothers. Fiction writer and music critic Tom Piazza couldn't understand why Martin wasn't better known. So, on assignment from the Oxford American magazine, he drove from his home in New Orleans to Nashville to find out. Although aware that Martin had "a reputation as a heavy drinker and a volatile personality," Piazza found himself pitched headlong into a world he couldn't have anticipated. Martin's mercurial personality drew the writer into a series of escalating encounters (with mean dogs, broken down cars, and near electrocution), culminating in a harrowing and unforgettable expedition, with Martin, to the Grand Ole Opry.

Piazza captured his visit with Martin in supple, electric prose, and the result, when it appeared in the Oxford American, quickly became a word-of-mouth sensation among musicians and fans alike. Included in this keepsake edition are a new afterword by Piazza, an essay on Martin's recordings, and a timeline of Martin's career.

True Adventures with the King of Bluegrass is a funny, scary, and powerfully poignant portrait of one of the living legends of American music.

Co-published with the Country Music Foundation Press

Synopsis:

An unforgettable account of one of the last of the country music originals.

Synopsis:

Baptized in the same fire that gave us Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, this reigning King of Bluegrass (Jimmy Martin) is no doubt a charter member of the elite fraternity of southern musicians that helped forge what the world now knows as bluegrass, rockabilly, country, and rock 'n' roll music. . . . Time spent with the King of Bluegrass is not for the lily-livered or the faint of heart.

About the Author

Tom Piazza's writing on American music has appeared in the Sunday New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and The Village Voice. He is the author of The Guide to Classic Recorded Jazz (University of Iowa Press), which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor award for music writing, and Blues and Trouble (St. Martin's Press), which won a James Michener award for fiction. He lives in New Orleans and is working on a novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826513601
Foreword:
Stuart, Marty
Author:
Piazza
Author:
Piazza, Tom
Author:
Stuart, Marty
Publisher:
Vanderbilt Univ Press - Country Music Foundation Press
Location:
Nashville :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
Bluegrass music
Subject:
Bluegrass musicians
Subject:
Bluegrass musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Country
Subject:
Country music
Subject:
MUSIC / Country
Subject:
Country Music; Co-published with the Country Music Foundation Press
Subject:
Co-published with the Country Music Foundation Press
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Portraits in Country Music
Series Volume:
315
Publication Date:
19991029
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in

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Product details 112 pages Vanderbilt University Press - English 9780826513601 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An unforgettable account of one of the last of the country music originals.
"Synopsis" by , Baptized in the same fire that gave us Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, this reigning King of Bluegrass (Jimmy Martin) is no doubt a charter member of the elite fraternity of southern musicians that helped forge what the world now knows as bluegrass, rockabilly, country, and rock 'n' roll music. . . . Time spent with the King of Bluegrass is not for the lily-livered or the faint of heart.
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