WEDNESDAY

In the ’70s, as the folk revival was winding down and the era of overwrought rock (a la Yes and Steely Dan) was winding up, bluegrass was actually starting to become palatable to the educated urbanite. But even as the music was becoming more broadly recognized, its players were in the throes of a stylistic revolution. As the second generation of bluegrass musicians was taking the reins from its Appalachian originators (Flatt & Scruggs are pictured), the youngsters were often throwing off the yoke of their elders’ methodologies. It’s these days of wider acceptance and of a community in transition that photographer Carl Fleischhauer and bluegrass historian Neil Rosenberg have captured in their photojournal Bluegrass Odyssey: A Documentary in Pictures and Words, 1966-86. In a telling example of the times, bluegrass pioneer Lester Flatt is photographed displaying obvious skepticism as he coolly regards the paisleyed-out Japanese bluegrass outfit It’s a Crying Time at a 1972 festival. Rosenberg and Fleischhauer also cover the support network that was emerging for the new guard: Pictures of home-office publishers, backseat record stores, and newly converted DJs are all included. Overall, this book is the enthusiastic work of people excited by the power of a kind of music as capable of innovation as it is full of tradition. Fleischhauer and Rosenberg present an illustrated lecture on their book at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Library of Congress’ Mumford Room, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5510. (Christopher Flores)