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The Rose & the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad
     

The Rose & the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad

by Greil Marcus, Sean Wilentz
 

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ISBN-10: 0393328252

ISBN-13: 9780393328257

Pub. Date: 11/14/2005

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A devastatingly original work that plunges into the emotional heart of the American psyche.
Praised by Robbie Robertson of The Band as "a classic & a ticket to ride," The Rose & the Briar assembles an astonishing group of writers and artists: Paul Muldoon, Stanley Crouch, R. Crumb, Jon Langford of the Mekons, Sharyn McCrumb, Luc Sante, Joyce Carol Oates,

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A devastatingly original work that plunges into the emotional heart of the American psyche.
Praised by Robbie Robertson of The Band as "a classic & a ticket to ride," The Rose & the Briar assembles an astonishing group of writers and artists: Paul Muldoon, Stanley Crouch, R. Crumb, Jon Langford of the Mekons, Sharyn McCrumb, Luc Sante, Joyce Carol Oates, Dave Marsh, and more than a dozen other novelists, essayists, performers, and critics; to explore the ineffable power of the American ballad. From "Barbara Allen" through "The Wreck of the Old 97" to contemporary ballads by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, The Rose & the Briar is, as Geoffrey O'Brien hailed in the Los Angeles Times Book Review, "a book full of internal echoes and provocative coincidences," featuring "historical investigation, shamanistic trance-journey, memoir, novella and cartoon," where "names and costumes change, soldiers become cowboys, demon lovers become backwoods murderer; the voices are unmistakably distinct but they share a common ground."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393328257
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/14/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
I
1"Barbara Allen"7
2"The Water Is Wide"19
3"Pretty Polly"35
4Music, When Soft Voices Die51
5Naomi Wise, 180769
6John Brown's Body81
II
7"When You Go A Courtin'"93
8Little Maggie-A Mystery99
9We Did Them Wrong: The Ballad of Frankie and Albert123
10The Sad Song of Delia Green and Cooney Houston147
11Destiny in My Right Hand: "The Wreck of Old 97" and "Dead Man's Curve"159
12I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say175
13"See Willy Fly By" and "The Cuckoo"187
III
14Mariachi Reverie201
15"The Foggy, Foggy Dew"229
16"Come Sunday"241
17"El Paso"259
18"Trial of Mary Maguire"273
19Love, Lore, Celebrity, and Dead Babies: Dolly Parton's "Down from Dover"287
20"Sail Away" and "Louisiana 1927"305
21Dancing with Dylan315
22"Nebraska"327
23"Blackwatertown"345
Envoi349
Notes, Books and Recordings355
Contributors383
Acknowledgments391
Index395

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