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Carlin, Bob 1953-

Carlin, Bob 1953-
(Robert M. Carlin)


Born March 17, 1953, in New York, NY; son of Benson (an engineer) and Vivian (a social gerontologist) Carlin; married Rachel Smith (a potter), August 14, 1987; children: Benjamin. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: Attended Hartt College of Music, 1970-72; Rutgers University, B.A., 1976. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Jewish.


Home—Lexington, NC. E-mail[email protected]


Writer and editor.


Musical Change in the Western Piedmont, Davidson County Community College (Lexington, NC), 1991.

The Banjo in Virginia, Blue Ridge Institute and Museum (Ferrum, VA), 2000.

(With Richard Carlin) Southern Exposure: The Story of Southern Music in Pictures and Words, Billboard Books (New York, NY), 2000.

(With Jeff Todd Titon) American Musical Traditions, five volumes, Schirmer Reference (New York, NY), 2001.

String Bands in the North Carolina Piedmont, McFarland (Jefferson, NC), 2004.

The Birth of the Banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and Early Blackface Minstrelsy, McFarland (Jefferson, NC), 2007.

Contributor to magazines, including Bluegrass Unlimited, Mandolin Notebook, Journal of Country Music, In the Tradition, North Carolina Folklore Journal, Frets, Sing Out!, JEMF Quarterly, and Pickin'. Contributing editor, Old Time Herald, 1995-99; coeditor of newsletter Old Time Way, 2005—.

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