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Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J.D. Crowe
In this first biography of legendary banjoist J. D. Crowe, Marty Godbey charts the life and career of one of bluegrass's most important innovators. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Crowe picked up the banjo when he was thirteen years old, inspired by a Flatt & Scruggs performance at the Kentucky Barn Dance. Godbey relates the long, distinguished career that foll ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 25th 2011 by University of Illinois Press
(first published August 1st 2011)
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I was not super impressed. As far as biographies go, this one paints a small picture. A great deal is left out about his personal life. The author does a superb job following his professional career, but many of the same comments are restated several times without going into any greater detail. It's difficult to remain objective, and rate this solely in its merits as a biography, while being such a huge Crowe fan.
To be honest, there was no way I wasn't going to like this book. I love JD. I love stories about the glory days of the Lexington music scene. I was really pleased that Mrs. Godbey could provide such a strong narrative voice and supplement the story with just the right amount of oral embellishment from people who knew what they were talking about. The history of bluegrass music is tragically under-written and it's a real shame Mrs. Godbey couldn't be around to provide us a few more volumes of thi ...more