The Rose & the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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."
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