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Thread #32737   Message #1541969
Posted By: robomatic
15-Aug-05 - 03:40 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Jesse James I
Subject: RE: Origins: Jesse James I
Very nice book by Ron Hanson: "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" tells a lot from Ford's point of view. Very nice little scene where Ford first hears the Gashade song at a minstrel show. Includes the death of Ford in Creede CO at the instigation of Soapy Smith, who was a real character and moved on to Scagway Alaska not long thereafter.

Also recommend the Zevon Song from one of his earlier albums:

On a small Missouri Farm, back when the West was young,
Two boys learned to rope and ride, be handy with a gun,
The war broke out between the States and they joined up with Quantrill
It was over in Clay County that Frank and Jesse finally learned to kill.