By Richard Smith
Publish yr note: First released in 2000
Considering the variety of stars that experience claimed invoice Monroe as an influence—Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Garcia are only a few—it may be stated that no unmarried artist has had as wide an effect on American renowned tune as he did.
For sixty years, Monroe used to be a celeb on the Grand Ole Opry, and whilst he died in 1996, he was once universally hailed as "the Father of Bluegrass." however the own lifetime of this taciturn determine remained mostly unknown. Delving into every little thing from Monroe's specialist successes to his sour rivalries, from his remoted adolescence to his reckless womanizing, veteran bluegrass journalist Richard D. Smith has created a third-dimensional portrait of this superb, advanced, and contradictory guy.
Featuring over one hundred twenty interviews, this scrupulously researched work—a Chicago Tribune selection choice, New York Times amazing e-book, and Los Angeles Times top publication of 2000—stands because the authoritative biography of a real tremendous of yank music.