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Czech Bluegrass: Notes from the Heart of Europe

Lee Bidgood


Bluegrass music has taken root all over the world but thrives in unique ways in the Czech Republic. Ethnomusicologist and bluegrass musician Lee Bidgood writes about what it is like to live and work playing bluegrass in the heart of Europe. The chapters trace Bidgood's engagement with Czech bluegrassers, their processes of learning, barriers to understanding, and the joys and successes that they find in making bluegrass their own. After providing a general cultural and historical background, a set of case studies convey ethnographic detail from Bidgood's participatory observational research: w ... More

Keywords: Czech, bluegrass, music, performance, ethnomusicology, ethnography, Americanism, Americanness, reflexive ethnography, participant-observation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041457
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lee Bidgood, author
Eastern Tennessee State University