I’ve been spending a lot of time going over this wonderful book, just released this week. Matter of fact, Neil Rosenberg just informed me I got a copy a day before he did! (Of course, he lives in Newfoundland … 🙂 ).
Based on an earlier work, “Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys – An Illustrated Discography” (1974)
by Mr. Rosenberg (this is a rare book, as it was never reprinted from its original small >2,000 copy initial run. Note the dog-eared condition of my copy), this new volume contains a complete discography of all of Bill’s commercial recordings and videos too. They are listed by session in chronological order, so it’s easy to trace Monroe’s musical evolution (or should we say “creativity” ?) through the years up to his death. Session dates, band listings, recording locations, master and release numbers . . . all are here for study and reflection. Add to this discographical listing a step by step musical analysis of every song recorded by Monroe, compiled by the late country music historian Charles K. Wolfe, and you have a volume that any serious fan of bluegrass music must add to his collection.
CLICK HERE for further information and to order a copy ($35).