Praise for Aspen Unstrung 

“This evocative, charming, and immensely readable memoir will captivate visitor and resident alike with its tales of life in Aspen. For five decades, businessman, musician, and teacher Sandy Munro greatly enriched this community and now he rewards us with this lovely account of those years.” James McGrath Morris, author

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“Sandy Munro knows and loves Aspen with rare intimacy, and he understands it with clear intellectual acuity. His bona fides as an Aspen observer were earned over decades of skiing, teaching school, building a home, performing music and living the dream as the owner of a small and very popular music store – The Great Divide. As businessman and teacher, Sandy brought music to many whose lives he enriched with three-part harmonies. This book contains his insightful understanding of their quirks and a willingness to share a few of his own. What Sandy presents here is a mirror held up to Aspen and to himself in a reflective and mirthful study of a dynamic and eccentric community at a time and place I wish I could still experience.” Paul Andersen, author

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“I met my wife in 1982 in Aspen at about the same time that I met Sandy. Aspen has always been a unique and magical place for me, and I treasure learning more of the backstory. In this volume one finds so many collisions of people that could never have happened anywhere else. Sandy provides a warm perspective on the last five decades of this action-packed mountain town.” Edgar Meyer, musician

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“A down-home, folksy, backstage look at life in one of the most celebrated, romantic locations on the planet from a guy who knows and has both strung and unstrung more than his share of instruments. Bravo Sandy!” Ben Sidran, musician and author

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As a good friend of Sandy’s for fifty years, I find his memoir, Aspen Unstrung, a delight to read. I continue to be awed and have utmost admiration for the story of Sandy and Mary Lynn building their own Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home from the dust and ashes (and a few cinder blocks) that an unscrupulous developer left them when he skipped town. As someone who had trouble figuring out how to make bookshelves from cinder blocks and planks, I stand in awe of their accomplishment.” Doug Rhinehart, photographer

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“It is great that the fog years I had in early Aspen were kept track of so well by Sandy’s book. From the first times playing with the young Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, there he was. Strangely a friend, one that I felt like I had known for many years ... and now I have! And … I found out that other people felt the same way! He has been able to put into focus a lot of those crazy times by sharpening the stories behind the changes. This book of stories captures a LOT of those changes. Buffet, Dirt Band, John Denver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Earl Scruggs ... and long list of great people went thru that town ... and his cordial store. Come and meet some of them!” John McEuen, musician