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Jun 12, 2024 - 11:51:28 AM
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3494 posts since 1/2/2004

Just finished reading Bob Carlin’s new book, MY MEMORIES OF JOHN HARTFORD (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi).

amazon.com/Memories-John-Hartf...496851390

If you admired John Hartford, loved his fiddling, embraced his banjoing – this is the book for you.

If you have even a modicum of interest about how bands come together, how teamwork develops, how repertoire evolves – this is the book for you.

If you have an enduring interest in bands that survived the Olympic challenges of staying on the road, performing to the last inch of energy of each musician – then buy this book because this is the book for you.

If you marvel at John Hartford’s endless energy, inventive musical thinking, ceaseless songwriting, and massive commitment to recording – this is surely the book for you.

And if your mind thrives when reading a well-wrought, skillfully constructed, heartfelt book by author/musician Bob Carlin who himself has endless energy, limitless creativity, and an iron commitment to performing and teaching – then buy this book, read this book, tell your friends about it, and read it through carefully, savoring the memories of John Hartford that Bob has captured in these pages.

V/R,

Lew Stern

Jun 12, 2024 - 12:36:35 PM
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3387 posts since 9/5/2006

Carlin does a good job in this book of shedding light on Hartford's life and his philosophies of music, and life. It is an interesting read much like Mark Hembree's book did with Bill Monroe.

Jun 12, 2024 - 12:57:08 PM
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dbrooks

USA

4702 posts since 3/11/2004

Very helpful review, Lew. You have helped identify the audience who might be rewarded most by reading the book.

David

Jun 12, 2024 - 1:38:57 PM

15753 posts since 10/30/2008

Thank you for this recommendation. I was unaware of this book. I just ordered it after reading this thread.

Jun 12, 2024 - 2:23:27 PM

1605 posts since 7/12/2004

Me too, Dick.

Jun 12, 2024 - 3:26:22 PM
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ssduke

USA

19 posts since 2/2/2008

Amazon is selling the book at $25 softcover and $99 hardcover. The publisher, University of Mississippi Press, is selling both editions for half price. upress.state.ms.us/Books/M/My-...-Hartford

Jun 12, 2024 - 6:06:40 PM

25 posts since 9/18/2023

Thanks for the tip on this book.
An automatic purchase for me.
John was the reason I first fell in love with the banjo seeing him on The Smothers Brothers / Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour in the late sixties.
I saw John open for Earl Scruggs Revue in the late seventies and took this amazing photo of him playing his fiddle.
I had it blown up to poster size.
In the 90’s I got to meet John and brought the enlarged photo to show him.
He loved it and he signed it for me in caligraphy.
A prized possession.

Jun 12, 2024 - 6:37:58 PM

chuckv97

Canada

72301 posts since 10/5/2013

quote:
Originally posted by From The Basement

Thanks for the tip on this book.
An automatic purchase for me.
John was the reason I first fell in love with the banjo seeing him on The Smothers Brothers / Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour in the late sixties.
I saw John open for Earl Scruggs Revue in the late seventies and took this amazing photo of him playing his fiddle.
I had it blown up to poster size.
In the 90’s I got to meet John and brought the enlarged photo to show him.
He loved it and he signed it for me in caligraphy.
A prized possession.


Oops, no photo....?

Jun 12, 2024 - 7:26:54 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

28097 posts since 6/25/2005

Ordered. Thanks to Lew for the heads-up and Steven for U MS Press info.

Jun 13, 2024 - 3:29:35 AM
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8 posts since 4/23/2023

I picked this up now as well. Thanks, Lew and Steven.

Jun 13, 2024 - 4:31:04 AM

1115 posts since 10/31/2007

Giving this to me for my birthday!
Thanks for the discount link!

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