Author Tom Ewing was a Blue Grass Boy, playing guitar and singing the lead part during the last 10 years of Monroe's life; Monroe passed away in September 1996.
For Bill Monroe: The Life and Music of the Blue Grass Man, Ewing has drawn "on hundreds of interviews, his personal relationship with Monroe, and an immense personal archive of materials to separate the truth from longstanding myth. Ewing tells the story of the Monroe family's musical household and Bill's early career in the Monroe Brothers duo. He brings to life Monroe's 1940s heyday with the Classic Bluegrass Band, the renewed fervor for his music sparked by the folk revival of the 1960s, and his declining fortunes in the years that followed. Throughout, Ewing deftly captures Monroe's relationships and the personalities of an ever-shifting roster of band members, while shedding light on his business dealings and his pioneering work with Bean Blossom and other music festivals."
HARDBACK 611 pages