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Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music: Father of Bluegrass Music

Film by Steve Gebhardt
Produced by Steve Gebhardt with Larry Nager
Cinematographer: Tom Hayes and Mike Caporale
Sound: Geoff Maxwell
Editing: Steve Gebhardt
Copyright: 1993, Steve Gebhardt
01 hours, 31 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1993
Distributor: Other
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No single figure in American music so dominated a genre as Bill Monroe did bluegrass. This film stands alone as the most intimate and detailed portrait of this unique musical innovator, creating an experience akin to having a one-on-one conversation with the bluegrass master. The film features archival footage and rare 1990s performances from Monroe's final years, including many of the greatest songs from his seven decades of recording, among them Uncle Pen and Muleskinner Blues. In addition, it offers unparalleled access to Bill Monroe, following him from the backstage of the Grand Ole Opry to his farm outside Nashville and on the road in his legendary Blue Grass Express tour bus. Interview subjects range from the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia to country music pioneer Roy Acuff, in one of his final film appearances.

Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music is a magnificent representation of just exactly how important Bill Monroe truly is to multiple generations of musicians (as well as non-musicians!). Monroe put it this way, “Bluegrass music is like going to school. When you learn Bluegrass, you can play a lot of music."
--- Christel Loar, www.popmatters.com

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