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Thread #76392   Message #1356963
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
14-Dec-04 - 05:00 PM
Thread Name: Christmas update
Subject: RE: Christmas update
Just now on All Things Considered I hear Jean Ritchie! Turns out it is from a review given by Alan Cheuse (book reviewer). Near the end of the story you hear Jean singing "Barbara Allen." It has to do with a book called The Rose and the Briar (with a book title like that, OF COURSE someone needs to sing "Barbara Allen!"). From the All Things Considered page for today:

Alan Cheuse's 2004 Holiday Book Picks

Reviewer Alan Cheuse offers his annual recommendations for holiday gift-giving. This year's list includes novels of travel on Earth and in space, new versions of tales from the Bible, Africa and Mesopotamia, and collections of poetry and song.

This is his page of reviews.

Here's the specific blurb:
The Rose & The Briar, edited by by Sean Wilentz and Greil Marcus (W. W. Norton): "A collection of essays and stories on the American story-telling tradition and the ballad. Insightful prose by many hands, including Joyce Carol Oates, Stanley Crouch and poet Paul Muldoon, about music by Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Buddy Bolden." This collection can also be paired with a CD by the same name that includes songs featured in the book.

Jean is on that CD. And since they played this piece, it will turn up in their "All Songs Considered" database. I think they generate a lot of interest in recordings through that service.