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"Finish the Film" Monroe Documentary Project Launched

By International Bluegrass Music Museum
July 18, 2011 - 6:45 pm

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International Bluegrass Music Museum of Owensboro, Kentucky

International Bluegrass Music Museum of Owensboro, Kentucky

Owensboro, Kent. – The International Bluegrass Music Museum is in the final stages of completing a full-length documentary video about Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of his birth on September 13, 1911.

To accomplish this goal, the Museum is reaching out to fans of bluegrass music and music lovers everywhere. Interested parties can make a donation in the next six weeks by one of two ways: donate on the Museum's secure home page, or mail a check to:

International Bluegrass Music Museum
207 E. 2nd Street
Owensboro, KY 42303

Please write "Bill Monroe Documentary" in the subject line.

At the Museum's annual outdoor music festival, ROMP, which took place June 23-25, over $7,500 was raised to kick start the documentary completion campaign. The goal is to raise $50,000 to complete the documentary in time for the once-in-a-century Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration taking place at the Museum September 12 -14. Donors may choose from several premium thank you gifts from the Museum.

Since 2003, the International Bluegrass Music Museum has identified, located, and professionally videotaped over 250 in-depth interviews with bluegrass music's legendary 1st and early 2nd generation performers, utilizing knowledgeable interviewers to elicit the most memorable events and stories of their long and iconic careers.

This collection represents the only comprehensive video archive of the bluegrass music genre. It contains stories of lifelong friendships, lives and loves and fortunes made or broken, musicianship that became virtuosic and astoundingly popular, and the shared joy and surprise of being integral, founding partners of what has become an internationally acclaimed art form whose practitioners and fans number in the tens of millions.

Among those interviewed for the documentary project are Bill Monroe's band mates — those living of the original 155 legendary members of "Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys" at various points throughout his 65-year performance career.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and maintain an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music.

Additional information:
International Bluegrass Music Museum


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mandolino maximus
July 19, 2011 04:08 PM
Well, I made one contribution at ROMP. And I'm unemployed.

I have no idea what the documentary will be like, but they've done a good job with the museum. The fim will include interviews of every bluegrass boy available at the time. Seems worthwhile given their rate of disapperance.

I think they do a great job for both traditionalists and for the developing world of bluegrass. The film project should make a big contribution to the genre. It is essentially made. These funds are to get it finished for debut at Bill's 100th festivities in Owensboro and Rosine. If you get a chance, make it down for the performances and maybe check out the mandolin models built and decorated along the road to Rosine. (Kind of like the painted animal sculptures that cities sometimes display / started in Chicago with full size models of cows creatively decorated.) I'd like to know how to get one of those mandolins.
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