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From Every Stage

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AUTHOR:  Stephanie Ledgin

Bluegrass, folk, blues, Cajun, Celtic, and country music---these traditional genres have recently fostered a popular explosion of music and dance festivals throughout the United States. From Every Stage: Twenty Years of America's Roots Music is a photo narrative, capturing the emotion, excitement, and energy of performances by greats and up-and-comers in the broad spectrum of roots-derived music in America.

Stephanie P. Ledgin brings thirty years of writing and photojournalism to this lavishly illustrated book. Two hundred photographs, 130 black-and-white and 70 color, depict singers, instrumentalists, and dancers in action and in unguarded, spontaneous backstage moments.

Folk icons Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Odetta grace the stage. The stars of bluegrass shine in photos of Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, and Béla Fleck. Scottish fiddle wizard Johnny Cunningham, fiery Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers, Piedmont blues guitarist John Jackson, and "zydeco" Queen Ida join such legendary artists as John Hartford, Doc Watson, and Jean Ritchie. Country greats Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Wynonna Judd, Randy Travis, and comedienne Minnie Pearl perform at prestigious venues. Finally, several interviews with pivotal personalities, all published here for the first time, lend voice and character to this trove of images.

An eloquent foreword by CBS News Sunday Morning anchor Charles Osgood, also host of The Osgood File, provides entrée to this vibrant panorama.