Magazine


Issue 58, Fall 2007

Southern Music Issue Vol. IX

“Monk’s royal-like aura made him an effective bandleader. Musicians weren’t sure how to act around him, so they followed him seemingly spellbound.” — Sam Stephenson in “ Thelonious Monk: Is this home?”

Featuring the music of Eldridge Homes, Karen Dalton, Betty Davis, Amy LaVere, Thelonious Monk, Dwight Yoakam, and many more.

Essays by Sam Stephenson, Pia Z. Ehrhardt, Sven Birkerts, Amanda Petrusich, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Hal Crowther, Jeff Sharlet, and more. Fiction by John Rolfe Gardiner and Kevin Brown.







 

Columns & Departments

 

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

 

Publisher’s Corner
by Ray Wittenberg

 

Gone Off Up North
AMERICAN YAWP
Doddley dew dee dowm woddle-y dee d’doodle yo day eedel-y doo doo
by Roy Blount, Jr.

 

Dealer’s Choice
THE RHUMBA MAN
by Hal Crowther

 

Arkansas History
THE PEOPLE'S SINGER
by Jeff Sharlet

 

Meditations
FAMILY SONG
by Philip Stephens

 

Writing on Writing
TEENAGE WASTELAND
by Mike Powell

 

After the Storm
DON'T LOOK BACK
by Alex Rawls

 

After the Storm
WHY SHE WON'T LEAVE
by Sheryl St. Germain

 

Photograph
by William Greiner

 


 

Fiction

 

VOICE OF THE VALLEY
a story by John Rolfe Gardiner

 

I DON’T THINK NANCI GRIFFITH IS A BITCH ANYMORE
a story by Kevin Brown

 


 

Features

 

Writers Who Rocked
THE RED CRAYOLA
All they wanted to play was the crack-ball stuff
by Frederick Barthelme

 

Writers Who Rocked
ANNALS OF LEARNING: MY FIRST DEGREE
by Warren Zanes

 

Writers Who Rocked
FINDING THE LEVEL
by Sven Birkerts

 

Writers Who Rocked
CLASSICAL IS A PERIOD, NOT AN ADJECTIVE
by Pia Z. Ehrhardt

 

Writers Who Rocked
MY TROUBADOUR CAREER
by James Whorton, Jr.

 

MYSTIC NIGHTS
The making of “Blonde on Blonde” in Nashville
by Sean Wilentz

 

HYPE MACHINE
A North Carolina band navigates the ephemeral blogosphere
by Bill Wasik

 


 

CD Liner Notes 

 

Eldridge Holmes
by Ben Greenman

 

Hackensaw Boys
by Geoffrey Himes

 

The Clovers
by Bill Friskics-Warren

 

Sandy Posey
by Steve Klinge

 

Reverend Charlie Jackson
by John Uhl

 

Van Dyke Parks
by Robert Lloyd

 

Zakary Thaks
by Anthony Mariani

 

Karen Dalton
by Carol Ann Fitzgerald

 

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
by David Smay

 

Teddy Grace
by Derek Jenkins

 

Betty Davis
by Amanda Petrusich

 

Dwight Yoakam
by Holly Gleason

 

Amy LaVere
by Jim Ruland

 

Don Redman
by David French

 

Mayo Thompson
by William Bowers

 

The International Submarine Band
by Zeth Lundy

 

The Parchman Prison Band
by Scott Barretta

 

Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
by Bruce Eder

 

Thelonious Monk
by Sam Stephenson

 

David Banner
by Nick Weidenfeld

 

Fred Neil
by Mike Powell

 

Betty Harris
by Devin McKinney

 

Percy Mayfield
by Aaron Cohen

 

Iris DeMent
by Kevin Brockmeier

 

Daniel Johnston
by Alex V. Cook

 

The Roches
by John Jeremiah Sullivan

 


Cover: Thelonious Monk, courtesy of Everett Collection