“These are the Oscars of popular culture scholarship,” Lynn Bartholome, Executive Director of the PCA, said, “These awards are highly coveted and the competition is fierce. Congratulations to the winners!”Congratulations to Howard Marshall, author of Fiddler’s Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Music in Twentieth-Century Missouri and recipient of this year’s Popular Culture Association’s Ray and Pat Browne book award!
Marshall, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri and a native of Moberly, Missouri, also received this year’s Missouri Conference on History book-of-the-year award. The book, which comes with a music CD of archival recordings, is available at www.upress.missouri.edu, on the Internet, and at selected local stores and organizations.
In Fiddler’s Dream, the sequel to Marshall’s earlier book on old-time fiddlers in Missouri, Play Me Something Quick and Devilish, the author uses oral history, archival photographs, and transcriptions of selected tunes to trace the evolution of traditional fiddle music in Missouri from the early 1920s to the abrupt changes in American society and traditional music in the 1960s. The book focuses on fiddle music in everyday life at music parties, dances, pie suppers, festivals, contests, and oprys. Marshall’s wealth of knowledge, gained through a lifetime of involvement in Missouri fiddle traditions, gives the book exceptional richness and depth.