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Community & Scholars: On Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown

On Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thomas Goldsmith, Laurent Dubois, Joe Newberry

The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Thomas Goldsmith, author of Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of an American Classic, for a reading and book signing. Goldsmith will be joined by Duke professor Laurent Dubois, author of Banjo: America's African Instrument, and banjo player, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Joe Newberry. Recorded in 1949, "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" changed the face of American music. Earl Scruggs's instrumental essentially transformed the folk culture that came before it while helping to energize bluegrass's entry into the mainstream in the 1960s. Goldsmith explores the origins and influence of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" against the backdrop of Scruggs's legendary career, with interviews with Scruggs, his wife Louise, disciple Bela Fleck, and sidemen like Curly Seckler, Mac Wiseman, and Jerry Douglas. Goldsmith explores Scruggs's musical evolution and his working relationship with Bill Monroe.

Free and open to the public. This event is part of the Community & Scholars series at the Regulator co-sponsored by the Regulator Bookshop and the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke.