Can ‘ T You Hear Me Calling : The Life Of Bill Monroe, Father Of Bluegrass by Richard Smith

Can ' T You Hear Me Calling : The Life Of Bill Monroe, Father Of Bluegrass by Richard Smith

Bill Monroe’s influence on American popular music cannot be overstated. Countless stars from various genres, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Garcia, attribute their inspiration to him. As a star at the Grand Ole Opry for six decades, Monroe was revered as the “Father of Bluegrass” until his passing in 1996.

Despite his immense impact on the music scene, Monroe’s personal life remained largely shrouded in mystery. However, esteemed bluegrass journalist Richard D. Smith offers a comprehensive and captivating glimpse into the enigmatic artist’s world. Smith delves into Monroe’s professional triumphs, intense rivalries, isolated upbringing, and his often reckless affairs with women.

This meticulously researched biography features over 120 interviews, providing an unprecedented depth that depicts Monroe as a brilliant and multi-faceted figure, filled with contradictions. Recognized as a Chicago Tribune Choice Selection, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2000, Smith’s work stands as the definitive authority on the life of this iconic American music legend.

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