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  1. New Books Network: Kimberley Mack “Fictional Blues: Narrative self-invention from Bessie Smith to Jack White”

    The familiar story of Delta blues musician Robert Johnson, who sold his soul to the devil at a Mississippi crossroads in exchange for guitar virtuosity, and the violent stereotypes evoked by legendary blues "bad men" like Stagger Lee undergird the persistent racial myths surrounding "authentic" blues expression. Fictional Blues: Narrative Self-Invention from Bessie Smith to Jack White (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020) unpacks the figure of the American blues performer, moving from early singers such as Ma Rainey and Big Mama Thornton to contemporary musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Rhiannon Giddens, and Jack White to reveal that blues makers have long used their songs, performances, interviews, and writings to invent personas that resist racial, social, economic, and gendered oppression. Using examples of fictional and real-life blues artists culled from popular music and literary works from writers such as Walter Mosley, Alice Walker, and Sherman Alexie, Kimberly Mack demonstrates that the stories blues musicians construct about their lives (however factually slippery) are inextricably linked to the "primary story" of the narrative blues tradition, in which autobiography fuels musicians’ reclamation of power and agency. Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the playwriting MFA at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the Arizona School for the Arts.

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  2. The Cowboy Philosopher | Hidden Brain : NPR

    In 2009, an old man died in a California nursing home.

    His obituary included not just his given name, but a long list of the pseudonyms he’d been known to use.

    In this episode, we trace the life of Riley Shepard, a hillbilly musician, writer,

    small-time con man and, perhaps, a genius.

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  3. Mojo Nixon and Jello Biafra ~ Hamlet Chicken Plant Disaster

    On September 3rd 1991 a fire broke out at a Chicken Processing Plant in Hamlet North Carolina. The owner had had all the emergency doors of the plant locked and barred to save a few dollars. 25 workers burned alive, and 49 were injured. The owner responsible for these deaths served less than 4 years in prison.

    Mojo Nixon and Jello Biafra wrote this song about it, which is found on the Prairie Home Invasion Album.

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  4. Irish Music Stories Podcast: Episode 01-Trip to Sligo

    This inaugural episode tells the tale of Cormac Gaj and the band he formed with fellow Boston tweens. I learn about their amazing journey to the All Ireland music competition in Sligo; and I dig into what it meant to Cormac… and to all the parents, teachers, and peers who were in on the qualifying round in New Jersey, and the big Fleadh (contest) in Ireland. Whether you already play the fiddle or you don’t know anything about trad music or dance, you’ll join me, Shannon Heaton as I visit Boston and Dublin Comhaltas branches (Irish music schools); Mary MacNamara’s kitchen in Tulla, where she teaches music and organizes Irish music exchanges; and Cormac’s living room where he tells his big story. Great stories here from Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll, too. There’s plenty of music here, too. Full music listings and information at

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