27 March 2013

Stanley Brothers biography reviewed on Bluegrass Today

Three weeks ago the BIB noted a review by Kevin Lynch of the European Bluegrass Blog of David W. Johnson's Lonesome melodies: the lives and music of the Stanley Brothers, published a month previously by the University Press of Mississippi.

As the first full-length treatment of the Stanleys, who form a major part of the core of classic bluegrass, the book is inevitably of interest to all bluegrass enthusiasts. However, it appears to have suffered from careless editing; 'a significant number of errors, omissions, and questionable information and assertions' have been identified by Richard Thompson, whose judgments - by no means all adverse - can be read on Bluegrass Today. Richard reports that a revised paperback edition, incorporating corrections, is to be expected.

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