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King of Bluegrass: The Life & Times of Jimmy Martin Review


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Editor's Note: Jimmy Martin died of cancer on May 14, 2005. He was 77.

Jimmy Martin isn't dead yet, but his tombstone - a large one - is already in place in eastern Tennessee. It's inscribed with a lengthy and somewhat boastful list of accomplishments in the world of bluegrass music, where he's nearly as famous as the Stanley Brothers or Bill Monroe, who gave Martin his first break in the late 1940s. But the appeal of King of Bluegrass, George Goehl's documentary on Martin, ought to extend well beyond the realm of hardcore bluegrass fans. Any man who's so eager to get the last word in about his life that he's built a tombstone with his life story on it is going to have his quirks, and Martin has more than a few.

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