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Foggy Mountain Breakdown


Mar 04 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Regulator Bookshop

720 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

Community & Scholars - Thomas Goldsmith

Thomas Goldsmith with Laurent Dubois & Joe Newberry

Community & Scholars Speaker Series

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. Co-sponsored by the Regulator Bookshop and the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University.


Thomas Goldsmith

Thomas Goldsmith is a journalist and musician. For more than 30 years, he has worked both in daily newspapers in North Carolina and Tennessee and as a freelance writer. He is the editor of The Bluegrass Reader, and winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s best journalist award. Bio Feb…...

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Joe Newberry

Known around the world for his clawhammer banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a powerful guitarist, singer, and songwriter. A longtime and frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he sang with the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers' version…...

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Laurent Dubois

Duke University

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including…...

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