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Bill Monroe (1979)

Interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages audio, 1979

The King of the bluegrass Mandolin discusses his approach to music, the influence of the blues, playing with the likes of Flatt & Scruggs, and gives his view of contemporary bluegrass artists such as the Dillards.

File format: mp3; file size: 9.4meg; Interview length: 10' 16"; sound quality: ***

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Bill Monroe: "Well, some fellers didn't know much to start with."

Interview by Dave Marsh, Musician, October 1994

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Bill Monroe, The Original Bluegrass Boy: "I Keep The Music Going Near Right as I Can..."

Interview by Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, 7 June 1981

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Bill Monroe (1979) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Karl Dallas, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 1979

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Retrospective by Tony Scherman, The New York Times, July 2000

SO CLOSELY IS the late Bill Monroe identified with his musical creation, bluegrass, that it's almost as if man and music called each other into ...

Bill Monroe: Grand Ole Opry, Newmarket, Suffolk

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 3 May 1975

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Bill Monroe: Greyfriars Monastery, Glasgow

Live Review by Dave Laing, Sounds, 10 May 1975

Kentucky Friar Bluegrass: At 63, Bill Monroe's Fingers Are Still as Nimble As Ever. Dave Laing reports from Greyfriars Monastery, near Glasgow. ...

Bill Monroe: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 24 May 1975

BILL MONROE IS the main-man of bluegrass music, a veteran innovator whose recording career spans 40 years. ...


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