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Bill Monroe

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...When Bill Monroe brought together various regional forms to create bluegrass music, he fundamentally altered the trajectory of American music culture and created a factory for producing uniquely talented musicians. Monroe was born...

Bluegrass Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Bluegrass music is a concert form of traditional string-band music of the southeastern mountains of the United States. It is marked by a distinctive rhythmic division of labor which allows for improvised solo choruses on the model of New...

The Appalachian Region

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 22,900,000 (2000 est.) Located in the eastern United States, the Appalachian region was defined in 1965 by the Appalachian Regional Commission, which was established by Congress to support the economic...

Railroad Songs

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David Horn

David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Railroad songs constitute a distinct corpus of melodies and texts spanning a number of conventional genre divisions within North American music, including ballads, work songs, blues and country music, where the common denominator...