Book Talk

Premiere DateAug 20, 2011
00:00 Intro
00:30 Bandit Cole Younger Edward L. Crain (The Texas Cowboy)
00:44 Book Talk Intro Kory French
03:17 Single Girl, Married Girl The Carter Family
05:58 Interview with Antonino D'Ambrosio Part 1
21:48 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Blind Lemon Jefferson
24:40 Interview with Antonino D'Ambrosio Part 2
43:40 Engine 143 The Carter Family
46:49 A Heartbeat and A Guitar Reading by Antonino D'Ambrosio
51:27 Since I Laid My Burden Down The Elders McIntosh & Edwards' Sanctified Singers
54:38 Finish

Subject – A Heartbeat and A Guitar (And the Making of Bitter Tears)

Author – Antonino D’Ambrosio

In this remarkable new work, writer and filmmaker Antonino D’Ambrosio tells the astonishing and dramatic story behind Johnny Cash’s virtually unknown folk protest record Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. Recorded four years before his live performance at Folsom Prison and six years before he recorded “Man in Black,” Cash, by making Bitter Tears, placed himself in the middle of the fervent social upheavals gripping the nation at the time Cash faced censorship and an angry backlash from radio stations, DJs, and fans, for speaking out on behalf of Native people on Bitter Tears. Cash decided to fight back.

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Antonino D’Ambrosio

A Heartbeat and A Guitar

The music played in this week’s episode of Book Talk can be found in the Anthology of American Folk Music released by Folkway Records in 1952.

Blind Lemon Jefferson

The Carter Family

Johnny Cash

Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…