Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bob Dylan's "Love Is Just a Four Letter Word" Performed by Joan Baez and Earl Scruggs

One of my favorite musical picks — reminding us of what might have been had we realized, as Bill Kauffman in Look Homeward America: In Search of Reactionary Radicals and Front-Porch Anarchists wrote of the "reactionary picture" Easy Rider (1969), that "[t]he hippies and the small-town southerners gathered in the diner; the small farmers and the shaggy communards... were on the same side" — to remember the "pioneering banjo player who helped create modern country music, [whose] sound is instantly recognizable and as intrinsically wrapped in the tapestry of the genre as Johnny Cash’s baritone or Hank Williams’ heartbreak" — Earl Scruggs, bluegrass pioneer, dies at 88.

"It may be impossible to overstate the importance of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs to American music," writes Joe Edwards. Rest in peace.

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