Murder Ballads Old & New

by Steven L Jones
Murder Ballads Old & New
  • ISBN-13: 9781627311335
  • Author(s): Steven L Jones
  • Subject: Music
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Imprint: Feral House
  • Publication Date: 17-03-2023
  • Format: p/b

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£21.99
Murder Ballads Old & New: A Dark and Bloody Record is an exploration of an age-old topic our human need to document the horrors of the world around us. The murder ballad, here expanded to include songs about traumatic loss in modern variants and multiple styles, including punk, post-punk, alt-country, and folk. The book is a graveyard stroll past tombs both well-kept and half-hidden. Murder Ballads Old & New excavates facts about killers, victims, and the folkloric storytellers who disseminated their tales in song. Author Steven L. Jones focuses the tragic ballad as 'an act of remembering and a soul-reckoning with the ineffable.' Songs examined range from obscure tunes from the founding days of the United States to familiar canonical songs learned in schoolrooms and honkytonks. Jones tackles each song in a manner that's equal parts musicological, psychosocial, and genealogical as he uncovers stories that reveal larger contexts and maps the lineages of songs and themes, forebears, an
About the book

Murder Ballads Old & New: A Dark and Bloody Record is an exploration of an age-old topic our human need to document the horrors of the world around us. The murder ballad, here expanded to include songs about traumatic loss in modern variants and multiple styles, including punk, post-punk, alt-country, and folk. The book is a graveyard stroll past tombs both well-kept and half-hidden. Murder Ballads Old & New excavates facts about killers, victims, and the folkloric storytellers who disseminated their tales in song. Author Steven L. Jones focuses the tragic ballad as 'an act of remembering and a soul-reckoning with the ineffable.' Songs examined range from obscure tunes from the founding days of the United States to familiar canonical songs learned in schoolrooms and honkytonks. Jones tackles each song in a manner that's equal parts musicological, psychosocial, and genealogical as he uncovers stories that reveal larger contexts and maps the lineages of songs and themes, forebears, an