Bill Clifton: America's Bluegrass Ambassador to the World

Bill Clifton: America's Bluegrass Ambassador to the World

by Bill C Malone


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The most atypical of bluegrass artists, Bill Clifton has enjoyed a long career as a recording artist, performer, and champion of old-time music. Bill C. Malone pens the story of Clifton's eclectic life and influential career. Born into a prominent Maryland family, Clifton connected with old-time music as a boy. Clifton made records around earning a Master's degree, fifteen years in the British folk scene, and stints in the Peace Corps and Marines. Yet that was just the beginning. Closely allied with the Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Mike Seeger, and others, Clifton altered our very perceptions of the music--organizing one of the first outdoor bluegrass festivals, publishing a book of folk and gospel standards that became a cornerstone of the folk revival, and introducing both traditional and progressive bluegrass around the world. As Malone shows, Clifton clothed the music of working-class people in the vestments of romance, celebrating the log cabin as a refuge from modernism that rang with the timeless music of Appalachia. An entertaining account by an eminent music historian, Bill Clifton clarifies the myths and illuminates the paradoxes of an amazing musical life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252082009
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 09/15/2016
Series: Music in American Life Series
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bill C. Malone is professor emeritus of history at Tulane University. His books include Don't Get above Your Raisin': Country Music and the Southern Working Class and Country Music, U.S.A.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Discovering Country Music, 1931-1949 7

2 From the University of Virginia to the Starday Years, 1949-1963 29

3 Taking Old-Time Music to England, 1963-1970 67

4 A Renewed Commitment to Full-Time Music, 1970 and After 93

Notes and Sources 127

Discography 145

Index 149

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