Ira Gitlin

Writing Samples

Since 1990 I’ve written about bluegrass music in the pages of Bluegrass Unlimited, Banjo NewsLetter, and Bluegrass Now.

I was honored to be asked by the on-line magazine The Bluegrass Special to contribute my thoughts on the passing of Earl Scruggs. You can also read my on-line articles for Mel Bay’s Banjo Sessions here and here. If you’re interested in my journey from Ph.D.-program dropout to bluegrass musician, check out Homer, Earl Scruggs, And Me , which I wrote for the Swarthmore College Bulletin in 2011.

I’ve also contributed liner notes to several commercial recordings. I gave a talk on the history of bluegrass for the Smithsonian Associates’ “Roots of Rock and Roll” lecture series in 1998, and my chapter on the history of the banjo in bluegrass is scheduled to appear soon in a volume published by Rounder Books. Below are some samples of my writing.

D'Addario Strings