I Shot a Man in Reno: A History of Death by Murder, Suicide, Fire, Flood, Drugs, Disease and General Misadventure, as Related in Popular Song

I Shot a Man in Reno: A History of Death by Murder, Suicide, Fire, Flood, Drugs, Disease and General Misadventure, as Related in Popular Song

by Graeme Thomson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826428578
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/15/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Graeme Thomson is a regular contributor to The Word, the Observer, Time Out, the Herald and the Sunday Herald. He is the author of Complicated Shadows: The Life and Music of Elvis Costello (Canongate, 2004) and Willie Nelson: The Outlaw (Virgin Books, 2006). He lives in Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Death Ain't Nothin' New: From 'John Barleycorn' to 'John Walker's Blues'
2. Teenage Wildlife: From Sob to Suicide
3. Blood on the Floor: Music, Murder and Morality
4. How Does It Feel?: Death in the Sixties
5. Appetite for Self-Destruction: Oblivion Songs
6. Sweetness Follows?: Into the Great Beyond
7. Gangsta Gangsta: Rap Reclaims the Murder Song
8. Sometimes It Snows in April: The Music of Loss
9. Who Wants to Live Forever?: The Fat Lady's Songbook
10. The Art of Dying (Slight Return) Epilogue: To Die For
The 40 Greatest Death Records
Notes on Sources
Selected Bibliography
Index

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