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Bill Monroe Reader' by Tom Ewing BOOK-MONROE-READER


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THE BILL MONROE READER, edited by Tom Ewing. (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2000) 304 pages, hardbound. This interesting & welcome volume consists of 65 articles and excerpts about Bill Monroe, taken from magazines, newspaper and other periodicals from 1937 to the present. Tom Ewing, who was lead singer and guitarist for Monroe in the latter part of his career, has done a nice job in selecting and presenting the material, which includes words from early songbooks of The Monroe Brothers as well as Bill, to articles about the repair of his vandalized mandolin, his divorce, and his death & funeral. Some of the writers represented here include Ralph Rinzler, Doug Benson, David Grisman, Charles Wolfe, Richard Smith, Sandy Rothman, Joy Orr and Alan Lomax. Long time followers of Monroe will be familiar with much of this material, but it's nice to see it gathered all in one place and Ewing's comments after each piece are informative and a nice touch. The book has a good index as well. A good job, and recommended.