This is a detailed work placing bluegrass music into a historical, as well as musicological, cultural, and imaginative context. Robert Cantwell has taught at Kenyon College, the University of Iowa, Georgetown University, and the University of North Carolina. Bluegrass Breakdown is his first book, and it won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and the Ambassador of Honour Book Award.

Bluegrass Breakdown 1992, Da Capo Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780306804953

Da Capo Press edition

Trade paperback

Bluegrass Breakdown 1984, University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign, IL

ISBN-13: 9780252010545