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Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

Examine the history of bluegrass music, from its origins to its eventual worldwide popularity, and hear from dozens of musicians who explain the ways bluegrass music transcends generational, cultural and geographic boundaries.

Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

1h 55m

Examine the history of bluegrass music, from its origins to its eventual worldwide popularity, and hear from dozens of musicians who explain the ways bluegrass music transcends generational, cultural and geographic boundaries.

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    Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

    1h 55m

    Examine the history of bluegrass music, from its origins to its eventual worldwide popularity, and hear from dozens of musicians who explain the ways bluegrass music transcends generational, cultural and geographic boundaries.

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    Examine the history of bluegrass music, from its origins to its eventual worldwide popularity, and hear from dozens of musicians who explain the ways bluegrass music transcends generational, cultural and geographic boundaries.

  • Bill Monroe's Formative Years: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bill Monroe's Formative Years

    2m 35s

    His parents died when he was young, so Bill Monroe spent much of his early years with his mother's brother, Uncle Pen, a renowned old time fiddler, and an African-American blues guitarist, Arnold Schultz, whose musical talents allowed him some freedoms otherwise not afforded blacks in a region marked by segregation.

  • Bluegrass: A Singular Musical Ensemble: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bluegrass: A Singular Musical Ensemble

    1m 55s

    Just four or five people on stage with nothing but their instruments and microphones - and yet it allows for what Chris Thile calls "explosive creativity," creating something new while still retaining ties to the genre's traditions.

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