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Chasing the Rising Sun: The Journey of an American Song
 
 
Author
Ted Anthony.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9780743278980
Pages/Publication Date 308/2007
Daedalus Item Code 23209
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Heard all around the world in various forms, "House of the Rising Sun" has been recorded by hundreds of artists—Associated Press journalist Ted Anthony has interviewed a number of them himself. But the story of this haunting, remarkably popular song doesn't begin with the Animals' 1964 hit recording, nor Bob Dylan's or Pete Seeger's versions. Anthony traces the song back to a girl in a tiny Kentucky town, 16-year-old Georgie Turner, who recorded the song for Alan Lomax in 1937, and finds its roots go even farther back. His book is at once a search for a lost artist, a hunt for a mythical place, and a road trip through music history.

"We meet early country-music stars Clarence Ashley and Charlie Poole, several record collectors, and renowned folk-song collector Alan Lomax, who also recorded early commercial versions of the song. Anthony even hunts down the harmonica player at the 1937 session in which 16-year-old Georgia Turner recorded the song for Lomax. Anthony's travels take him from Middlesboro, Kentucky, to Springfield, Missouri, and down to New Orleans, where the house ostensibly operated. Although Anthony's style veers from the poetic to the prosaic, the tale he tells remains fascinating, especially for enthusiasts of traditional songs, folklore, and folk music."—Booklist

 
 
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