Big Ideas

  • Bluegrass evolved in the 1940s as a modernized version of string band traditions.

  • Bluegrass was an integral part of country music during its early years.

  • The folk revival co-opted bluegrass as part of its soundtrack and ascribed new politicized meaning to the music.

  • By the 1960s, bluegrass had fragmented into several different streams, with some bluegrass bands sliding back into commercial country, while others headed off in very different directions.

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