Alan John Britton’s biography, Uncle Art, information about which we shared with you in September, is now available after some production delays. It tells of the life and work of English A&R man/record producer Art Satherley, who was responsible for bringing Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers to Columbia Records. He also produced the initial sessions featuring “the original bluegrass band” – Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Howard Watts and Chubby Wise – which formed the basis for all that followed after.
Published by Authorhouse UK, the 232-page book includes an introduction by Forrest White, the gentleman who first planned to write a biography about Satherley. Britton had access to White’s papers and recorded interviews.
Britton includes his own background and the discovery of this fascinating story. It includes Satherley’s childhood and schooling and some history of Bristol and the important role that the city’s port played in the movement of settlers and trade to the New World.
Additionally, there are many photographs throughout the book, and the lyrics to the song Uncle Art written by Britton and Pete Willington.
Succinctly, Uncle Art’s story is told in its entirety for the first time in Uncle Art by a fellow Bristolian and musician.
The book is available direct from the author, and those ordering a hardback copy from him will receive a complimentary audio CD of the song Uncle Art.
International Standard Book Number: ISBN-10: 1452083894, ISBN-13: 978-1452083896
A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe.
He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.
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