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    Hey all

    Keep an eye out for Bob Black's (former Blue Grass Boy banjoist and currently of Perfect Strangers) new book through University of Chicago Press entitled "Come Hither to Go Yonder." #It's Black's remembrances and thoughts on his time playing with WSM back during the mid 70's. #It's not been officially released yet, but the University of Chicago Press people had some they are selling out at BeanBlossom--I bought my copy on Saturday.

    When I was talking to the lady at the U of Chicago table, I said it'll be interesting to read Black's book after just finishing up Butch Robins' book on being a Blue Grass boy. #The lady laughed and said something like, "Bob's book is sweeter'." #I've started reading the book and you really have to wonder if it wasn't written as a reaction to Butch's book (if not to confront it, to at least 'give the full picture.")

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    Jim:
    please post the full title & ISBN number...
    tnx...

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    According to Amazon...

    Hardcover: 208 pages
    Publisher: University of Illinois Press (June 21, 2005)
    Language: English
    ISBN: 0252030028


    A friendly hint, on Amazon you don't want to search for just "come hither".
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    Thank, Tim!!

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    Barnes and Noble sells the book a little cheaper than Amazon does, if yall want to search there.

    Paper back is only 15 bucks.

    I read some excerpts and definately want to get this. Thanks for the heads up.

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    Thank goodness for U of I press, no other publishers seem to produce so many quality bluegrass books.

    I was out at Bean Blossom on Saturday too and bugged them for whatever info they could give me. Apparently Neil Rosenberg's manuscript for updated Bill Monroe Discography came in recently, so it might see print sometime next year.

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    Whoa, realized I was half asleep when I wrote my initial post this morning--meant to say University of Illinois Press, not U of Chicago--sorry for the confusion.

    Jim

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    The University of Illinois also publihed this:
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    It's interesting, the tune from "Master of Bluegrass" was called "Go Hither To Go Yonder". The tune "Old Danger Field" was also three separate words on the LP as opposed to how it is being spelled on the front page for Josh's MP3...
    But Amsterdam was always good for grieving
    And London never fails to leave me blue
    And Paris never was my kinda town
    So I walked around with the Ft. Worth Blues

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    I'll have to pick up that this week. I have avoided the book booth, cause I know I'll end up being tempted to buy em.

    So far I have enjoyed all the many Bill Monroe books... Rosenbergs are a bit much for my small brain sometimes though.
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    Evan , you might add some insight to Fretbear's comment. I've heard Monroe say '"Come" Hither to go Yonder' but I rember that on the album too. Perhaps he changed what he called it.

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    I seem to think at live shows it was called "Come Hither....".

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    A live show that Butch Robins gave to me has Wayne Lewis introducing it as Come Hither to Go Yonder--I have a feeling that was probably a mistake done by the powers that be at MCA.

    To show that, follow my link to an MP3 of a January '81 WSM performance with Butch about 6 months prior to the recording of Master of Bluegrass. I posted this up at Butch's site mainly due to this thread.

    Come Hither To Go Yonder--Live 1981

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    And, by the way, also being a banjoist, I have to say that Butch's solo on this is fantastic. WSM might have said that Bob Black was the best at playing fiddle tunes (very much in the Kenny Baker style), but Butch is one of the few to really play the banjo as an extension of Monroe's mandolin. He really did change up his playing to play mandolin phrases on the banjo.

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    I've been reading the book . I got it from amazon. It's more about Monroe than Butch Robbins' book. So far it's been kinda "G" rated though Butch's book is prob. a PG13. It presents a 'kinder gentler" Monroe. Which is OK. I'd reccomend it.

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    I have been in some sessions with Bob Black and he is a nice person, so seems like he'd present it in a decent way. I'll read the book, for sure.

    I've heard some FUNNY stories from some folks here in Iowa that Bob has told about his BluegrassBoys days. Great stories.
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    Enjoying this book. Bob seems like a great guy. Had him sign my copy but didnt talk to him any at the Bean. Some excellent pics and some good stories from the early to mid 70s.
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    Default Re: Come Hither To Go Yonder--Bob Black new book

    This book was an important part of a group of books about Monroe some time back, published 15 years ago today. Thought worth mentioning again. From University of Illinois Press, publisher of a lot of fine music books of interest.

    Come Hither to Go Yonder: PLAYING BLUEGRASS WITH BILL MONROE

    Come Hither to Go Yonder: PLAYING BLUEGRASS WITH BILL MONROE

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    I'll have to get my copy out and read it again. Thanks for the poke. Bob is a nice guy and a great player. And a fellow Iowan from up the road.
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