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Confessions of a Bluegrass Moonlighter

Folklorist and ethnomusicologist Neil Rosenberg will deliver this year’s Keith B. MacAdam Lecture on bluegrass music presented by the University of Kentucky Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology.

Rosenberg will speak on his new book, "Bluegrass Generation: A Memoir", which explores the changing bluegrass scene of the early 1960s. An intimate look at a transformative time, "Bluegrass Generation" tells how an American music tradition came to be. A performing musician since childhood, Rosenberg's interest in banjo music led him to being on stage at the Jamboree. And after meeting the legendary Bill Monroe and managing the Jamboree for four months, his heightened perspective allowed him to see bluegrass' emergence from the shadow of country music into its own unique art form.

An expert in the history of bluegrass music, Rosenberg is professor emeritus of folklore at Memorial University, where he taught from 1968 to 2004. At Memorial, he specialized in the study of contemporary folk music traditions, investigating the interaction between popular music and local and regional folk music traditions. Rosenberg has conducted research on professional, semi-professional and amateur old-time, bluegrass, country and folk musicians in both Canada and the United States.