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Robert Cantwell

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  • 15 years ago

    Right at the outset of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the soundtrack shatters our composure with a sharp beat of disconcertingly unmusical percussion—the blow of an ax burying itself in a pine log. The axes, several of them, belong to a Parchman...

  • 15 years ago

    If as a child you are wrapped in a burlap sack and smoked over a fire, as Jesse Fuller is said to have been, or tied up in a little ball and kicked around the house, to cite a well-documented Puritan disciplinary technique—or only beaten regu...

  • 15 years ago

    In 1952, when it was first released, Folkways Records' Anthology of American Folk Music was newer than new—so naked and unlocated as to have almost no identity apart from the one that inhered in Harry Smith's ordering of it. Only by fits and ...

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