The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love, and Liberty in the American Ballad (2020)

The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love, and Liberty in the American Ballad Sean Wilentz Greil Marcus The Rose and the Briar Death Love and Liberty in the American Ballad 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 t
  • Title: The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love, and Liberty in the American Ballad
  • Author: Sean Wilentz Greil Marcus
  • ISBN: 9780393328257
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love, and Liberty in the American Ballad Sean Wilentz Greil Marcus 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 than a dozen other novelists, essayists, performers, and critics to explore the ineffable poPraised 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 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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  1. Everyone Poops

    A terrific read for both the novice and longtime enthusiast of the American Ballad, The Rose and the Briar is a compilation of non academic essays as well as impressionistic takes on chosen material We get a lyrical poem by Paul Muldoon inspired by The Unfortunate Rake and a four page illustration by painter musician Jon Langford See Willy Fly By , as well as a comic strip by R Crumb When You Go A Courtin The essays themselves vary in nature and quality, but are always pretty accessible and with [...]

  2. Danielle Durkin

    Reading this for a class I ll be teaching assisting for the author this fall.These are shorter essays on songs and creative responses to songs that form the backbone of folk music in America If you ve any interest in American history or American music, these are easy to access and usually very sharp and good responses to dip into Comes with a worthy CD, I believe.

  3. James Dawson

    Granted it s supposed to be a cross section, but this never really feels coherent There s no arc to it, nothing that pulls you along or allows the book to build in power as you read What there is ranges from the dull the insufferable Sean Wilentz Sharyn McCrumb, whose trick doesn t really work at essay length to the revelatory Ann Powers gorgeous chapter on The Water Is Wide which feels so much than its twelve pages Luc Sante s exhilerating, intense look at I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say an [...]

  4. iona

    this is such a good collection of deep creative essays i m really obsessed with all the songs i ve always had a morbid fear fascination with murder ballads, in particular the many many ballads in which a motive seems totally absent pretty polly i took a russian folklore class once where we discussed a really ancient type of folktale that is found on all continents basically a beloved and innocent woman must be sacrificed in order for some building to stand in russia, a mason s wife must be immur [...]

  5. Lisa

    Really fascinating for the most part a series of essays, stories, and other ruminations about American ballads Not quite what I was expecting, but still quite enjoyable And the cd of related songs is fantastic.

  6. Erik

    Often compelling and provocative, but ultimately also quite frustrating for its unevenness It seems like every other contributor has an axe to grind or a point to prove, that has little or nothing to do with the song they re ostensibly writing on.

  7. Danielle

    this is a collection of essays about old ballads most of them are great if you like reading about music or are at all interested in traditional music, it s a great read griel marcus put it together, and he s my favorite music writer.

  8. Matt

    Super duper mixed bag Some stories essays clever and revelatory, others are massive piles of self indulgence.

  9. Patty

    I often recommend to readers that if you get 50 pages into a book and you still don t like it, quit Fortunately, I did not take my own advice with this book Fifty pages had only taken me through three essays and I was struggling.Had I stopped reading, I would have missed an amazing rant by R Crumb, the history of Frankie and Albert, some very bizarre artwork by Jon Langford And then there were the essays I really loved one by Stanley Crouch about Come Sunday , a discussion of Randy Newman s musi [...]

  10. KathyPetersen

    With a longstanding affection for folksong and story and the research thereof, I could be expected to like this volume a lot It contains a host of different writers who explore just a few of the many, many aspects of American ballads, their origins, their travels, and their interpretations, from the ubiquitous Barbara Allen to such composers performers as Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan Also to be expected, because of the plethora of authors, is that some selections are better interesting, insightf [...]

  11. Bruce

    I categorize this anthology as both US and world history The essays are about American ballads, but many of those sad songs are derived from old country ballads As in any collection of essays, some are better than others There are different styles of writing and different understandings of music and culture Some of the essays say about our culture than the songs about which they are writing The essay by Joyce Carol Oates is actually a short story and I, for a moment, thought it was autobiograph [...]

  12. Evan

    A collection of essays about different ballads, from Barbara Allen down through a contemporary Latino love song For the most part, the writing is thought provoking, down to earth, and bullshit free A few of the contributors music critics, novelists, essayists, musicians, the occasional poet put interesting fictional spins on the songs some dig into the histories behind them thankfully few indulge their memoirist tendencies Good stuff.

  13. Aubri

    Can I use the word interesting to describe this one It was I love a good ballad Now I know the rest of the story.

  14. Richard

    An interesting set of essays on just what the title says, from the earliest Appalachian ballads to recent hip hop.

  15. Tad Richards

    Historical background and literary appreciation of ballads from Barbara Allen to El Paso The short stories based on ballads, by Sharyn McCrumb and Joyce Carol Oates, are less successful.

  16. Crystal

    This volume is a fun companion for exploring Americana via Spotify, et cetera RIYL American Studies and or Greil Marcus.

  17. Ted

    A real mixed bag some of these writers have too much time on their hands Some essays were quite good, but others were rather why bother.

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