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John Duffey's Bluegrass Life


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Stephen Moore has coauthored four books, Helen Hayes: A Bio-Bibliography, Johnny Holliday: From Rock to Jock, Hoop Tales: Maryland Terrapins and Cerphe's Up. A research technologist at Georgetown University, he plays in the Maryland rock cover band The Razors. G.T. Keplinger is a long-time bluegrass fan, historian, and archivist. His MFA thesis project was a documentary on The Seldom Scene. An Associate Professor of film at Stevenson University, he lives in Towson, MD. G.T. Keplinger is an Associate Professor of film at Stevenson University. His MFA thesis was a Seldom Scene documentary.


"It is rare to come across a book that so perfectly matches its subject matter in content but here we have it in a revealing, kaleidoscopic, entertaining biography of the great singer and bandleader John Duffey...This book is every bit as multi-faceted, funny, and entertaining as Duffey was. Moore and Keplinger have written an essential and entertaining book on the larger than life John Duffey."-- Bluegrass Unlimited magazine

"An exhaustively researched profile of bluegrass legend John Duffey (1934-1996) that covers not only his life in music but also those of his colleagues and contemporaries...The book offers a rich and entertaining musical history of the bluegrass scene as well as more academic materials, including an essay by Robert Kyle on Duffey's Irish roots and a lengthy discography... A truly definitive look at a bluegrass legend and the scene that produced him."-- Kirkus Reviews

"Chockfull of original research and colorful stories, as well as previously unpublished or rarely seen photographs, John Duffey's Bluegrass Life, provides an insider's view of this influential and iconoclastic musician."-- Kip Lornell, author of Capital Bluegrass: Hillbilly Music Meets Washington, DC.

"A great overview of the acoustic side of the DC music scene, with a unique focus on the inception of the progressive bluegrass movement and the cast of colorful characters who pushed the music forward, while respecting and preserving the roots. It's all there in these pages."-- Pete Kennedy, (multiple WAMMY award winner and member of Kennedy Center Artists-in-Residence, The Kennedys.

"The definitive John Duffey biography. Stephen Moore, who interviewed Duffey for this book, with co-author G.T. Keplinger, a bluegrass historian, have captured a faithfully compelling and comprehensive portrait of John as both performer and person."-- Cerphe Colwell, WHFS pioneer radio broadcaster and founder of today's online Music Planet Radio

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