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Gunther Schuller: A Life in Pursuit of Music and Beauty by Gunther Schuller (review)

Gunther Schuller: A Life in Pursuit of Music and Beauty by Gunther Schuller (review) American Music, Fall 2013 festival's future. After Dillman announced his intent to sell the park in 2007, concerned parties (including Adler himself) created the Bean Blossom Brown County Jamboree Preservation Foundation and began to raise funds to purchase the park (the Foundation abandoned those efforts in early 2012, after the book's publication). Adler also neglects to describe such recent developments as the establishment in 2006 of an annual Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp during the first few days of the festival. Throughout the book, Adler successfully negotiates the need to appeal both to the thousands of fans who have experienced the Bean Blossom festivals firsthand, who will devour its pages with flashes of recognition and remembrance, and to those who never attended it and may have little frame of reference for the colorful events and sometimes eccentric behavior the book describes. What emerges ultimately is a clearly written and accessible book that combines history and folklore and offers an important case study of two twentieth-century musicosocial phenomena: the rural country music park and the bluegrass festival. Those interested in the history of bluegrass itself will find much to savor here as well, including vivid portraits of key figures and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Gunther Schuller: A Life in Pursuit of Music and Beauty by Gunther Schuller (review)

American Music , Volume 31 (3) – Mar 14, 2013

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American Music, Fall 2013 festival's future. After Dillman announced his intent to sell the park in 2007, concerned parties (including Adler himself) created the Bean Blossom Brown County Jamboree Preservation Foundation and began to raise funds to purchase the park (the Foundation abandoned those efforts in early 2012, after the book's publication). Adler also neglects to describe such recent developments as the establishment in 2006 of an annual Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp during the first few days of the festival. Throughout the book, Adler successfully negotiates the need to appeal both to the thousands of fans who have experienced the Bean Blossom festivals firsthand, who will devour its pages with flashes of recognition and remembrance, and to those who never attended it and may have little frame of reference for the colorful events and sometimes eccentric behavior the book describes. What emerges ultimately is a clearly written and accessible book that combines history and folklore and offers an important case study of two twentieth-century musicosocial phenomena: the rural country music park and the bluegrass festival. Those interested in the history of bluegrass itself will find much to savor here as well, including vivid portraits of key figures and

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 14, 2013

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