(2015/Rough Trade) 12 tracks. Zweites Album der großartigen Alabama Shakes. Inspiriert von Curtis Mayfield über Gil Scott-Heron bis hin zu den Temptations klingt das neue Album nicht mehr ganz so roh wie ihr Debut. Nichtsdestotrotz macht auch dieses Album Spaß und ist unbedingt zu empfehlen.
In the best-selling tradition of The Help comes a riveting and profoundly moving memoir set in rural Mississippi during the civil rights era about a white girl coming of age in a repressive society and the woman who gave her the strength to forge her own path - the black nanny who cared for her. Tena Clark was born in 1953 in a tiny Mississippi town close to the Alabama border, where the legacy of slavery and racial injustice still permeated every aspect of life. On the outside, Tena’s childhood looked like a fairy tale. Her father was one of the richest men in the state; her mother was a regal beauty. The family lived on a sprawling farm and had the only swimming pool in town; Tena was given her first car - a royal blue Camaro - at 12. But behind closed doors, Tena’s life was deeply lonely and chaotic. By the time she was three, her parents’ marriage had dissolved into a swamp of alcohol, rampant infidelity, and guns. Adding to the turmoil, Tena understood from a very young age that she was different from her three older sisters, all of whom had been beauty queens and majorettes. Tena knew she didn’t want to be a majorette - she wanted to marry one. On Tena’s 10th birthday, her mother, emboldened by alcoholism and enraged by her husband’s incessant cheating, walked out for good, instantly becoming an outcast in society. Tena was left in the care of her black nanny, Virgie, who became Tena’s surrogate mother and confidante - even though she was raising nine of her own children and was not allowed to eat from the family’s plates or use their bathroom. It was Virgie’s acceptance and unconditional love that gave Tena the courage to stand up to her domineering father, the faith to believe in her mother’s love, and the strength to be her true self. Combining the spirit of poignant coming-of-age memoirs such as The Glass Castle and vivid, evocative Southern fiction like 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tena Clark. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008915/bk_sans_008915_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1917, in that sliver of border land between Georgia and Alabama, Pearl Jewett ekes out an existence as a dispossessed farmer along with his three criminally-minded sons Cane, Cob, and Chimney. Hundreds of miles away, another farming family, the good-natured Fiddlers, have been swindled out of their family fortune while reeling from the disappearance of their son Eddie, who left to fight the Germans. When a crime spree sets the Jewetts on a collision course for the Fiddlers, an unlikely--and turbulent--relationship begins between the families. In the gothic tradition of Flannery O´Connor with a heavy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino, Donald Ray Pollock pens a bloody tale of dark and horrific conflict between two families in an era not so distant from today.
Charlie Bundrum was a roofer, a carpenter, a whiskey-maker, a fisherman who knew every inch of the Coosa River, made boats out of car hoods and knew how to pack a wound with brown sugar to stop the blood. He could not read, but he asked his wife, Ava, to read him the paper every day so he would not be ignorant. He was a man who took giant steps in rundown boots, a true hero whom history would otherwise have overlooked. In the decade of the Great Depression, Charlie moved his family 21 times, keeping seven children one step ahead of the poverty and starvation that threatened them from every side. He worked at the steel mill when the steel was rolling, or for a side of bacon or a bushel of peaches when it wasn´t. He paid the doctor who delivered his fourth daughter, Margaret - the author´s mother - with a jar of whiskey. He understood the finer points of the law as it applied to poor people and drinking men; he was a banjo player and a buck dancer who worked off fines when life got a little sideways, and he sang when he was drunk, where other men fought or cussed. He had a talent for living. His children revered him. When he died, cars lined the blacktop for more than a mile. Rick Bragg has built a soaring monument to the grandfather he never knew - a father who stood by his family in hard times and left a backwoods legend behind - in an audiobook that blazes withi his love for his family, and for a particular stretch of dirt road along the Alabama-Georgia border. A powerfully intimate piece of American history as it was experienced by the working people of the deep South, a glorious record of a life of character, tenacity and indomitable joy, and an unforgettable tribute to a vanishing culture, Ava´s Man is Rick Bragg at his stunning best. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Bragg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000147/bk_rand_000147_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
James Cobb has been to the brink and back. In a matter of weeks, he went from earning $4 an hour washing cars in rural Alabama to making a quarter million dollars smuggling Moroccan hashish on the beaches of Spain with his estranged biological father, a man described as ´´one of the biggest players in the world of drug smuggling”. From the extravagance of Acapulco and the ´´Valley of Death´´ on the US border, to deadly work in the heat of southern Spain, and a desperate chase through the Louisiana swamps, Jamie´s life takes a grave turn where there can be only one outcome... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Michael. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/162851/bk_acx0_162851_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The great majority of the South´s plantation homes have been destroyed over time, and many have long been forgotten. In Lost Plantations of the South, Marc R. Matrana weaves together diaries and letters and other rare documents to tell the story of 60 of these vanquished estates and the people who once called them home. From plantations that were destroyed by natural disaster, such as Alabama’s Forks of Cypress, to those that were intentionally demolished, such as Seven Oaks in Louisiana and Mount Brilliant in Kentucky, Matrana resurrects these lost mansions. Including plantations throughout the South as well as border states, Matrana carefully tracks the histories of each from the earliest days of construction to the often contentious struggles to preserve these irreplaceable historic treasures. Lost Plantations of the South explores the root causes of demise and provides understanding and insight on how lessons learned in these sad losses can help prevent future preservation crises. Capturing the voices of masters and mistresses alongside those of slaves, this book explores the powerful and complex histories of these cardinal homes across the South. The book is published by University Press of Mississippi. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Burlinson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103144/bk_acx0_103144_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Like lots of college grads, Daniel Seddiqui was having a hard time finding a job. But despite more than 40 rejections, he knew opportunities had to exist. So he set out on an extraordinary quest: 50 jobs in 50 states in 50 weeks. And not just any jobs; he chose professions that reflected the culture and economy of each state. Working as everything from a cheesemaker in Wisconsin, a border patrol agent in Arizona, and a meatpacker in Kansas to a lobsterman in Maine, a surfing instructor in Hawaii, and a football coach in Alabama, Daniel chronicles how he adapted to wildly differing people, cultures, and environments. From one week to the next he had no idea exactly what his duties would be, where he´d be sleeping, what he´d be eating, or how he´d be received. He became a roving news item, appearing on CNN, Fox News, World News Tonight, MSNBC, and the Today show, which was good preparation for his stint as a television weatherman. Tackling challenge after challenge - overcoming anxiety about working four miles underground in a West Virginia coal mine, learning to walk on six-foot stilts (in a full Egyptian costume) at a Florida amusement park, racing the clock as a pit-crew member at an Indiana racetrack - Daniel completed his journey a changed man. In this book he shares stories about the people he met, reveals the lessons he learned, and explains the five principles that kept him going. 1. Language: English. Narrator: L. J. Ganser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002890/bk_adbl_002890_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
These seven striking tales of life in rural New England are both lyrical and captivating. Kingdom County, Vermont, is an isolated vestige of an earlier New England. In its rugged hills, a proud and resourceful people struggle to live on the land that is both their adversary and their life’s blood. ´´Within the borders of his fictional kingdom,´´ the Providence Journal has noted, ´´Mosher has created mountains and rivers, timber forests and crossroads villages, history and language. And he has peopled the landscape with some of the truest, most memorable characters in contemporary literature.´´ The stories in this collection are: ´´Alabama Jones´´, ´´Burl´´, ´´First Snow´´, ´´The Peacock´´, ´´High Water´´, ´´Kingdom Country Come´´, and ´´Where the Rivers Flow North (A Novella)´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pat Bottino. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005198/bk_blak_005198_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
(EMI Pathe Marconi) 14 Tracks - Wiederveröffentlichung der original 1955er ´Aladdin´ LP Lynn Hope ist eine jener Künstlerinnen, die etwa ein Jahrzehnt lang eine große Fangemeinde hatten und dann leise in Vergessenheit gerieten. Geboren am 26. September 1926 in Alabama, begann Lynn im Alter von neun Jahren das Tenorsaxophon zu spielen und wurde in der Highschool-Band mit seinem Instrument vertraut. In den vierziger Jahren ging er mit der King Kolax Band auf Tour, deren Alumnus mit Namen wie Harold Ousley, John Coltrane und Charlie Parker auftraten.... nicht weniger ! Bis 1950 war Lynn Hope Frontmann seiner eigenen Band, die hauptsächlich aus Familienmitgliedern bestand. Seine ersten Platten waren´Stardust´ (für Chess) und´Tenderly´ für Premium), was ihm einen großen Erfolg bescherte und ihn auf Leo und Eddie Mesner aufmerksam machte, die ihn für ihr Aladdin-Label streichelten. Über Lynn Hope und seine Kohorten war nicht viel bekannt, bis ich 1969 zufällig Albert McQueen, einen seiner ehemaligen Sidemen, auf einer Europatournee mit Ray Charles traf. Albert erinnerte sich: ´´Ich spielte von 1957 bis 1960 mit Lynn und wir waren auf Tournee. Wir waren alle konvertierte Moslems. Lynn hatte seinen Namen in Hajji Ahmad geändert, sein Bruder Billy Hope wurde Unis Ali und seine Schwester war Myriam Ali, und wir hatten Yusif Noureddine, besser bekannt unter dem Namen Bobby Martin, der als Arrangeur-Produzent in Philadelphia berühmt wurde. Khalid Ali spielte Bass und Khalil Malik verdoppelte Trompete und Posaune, die ich nur unter ihren muslimischen Namen kannte. Meiner ist übrigens Akhbar Mahmud. Ich habe nur zwei Sitzungen mit Lynn Hope gemacht, eine für Aladdin und eine für Savoyen, letztere unter Billy Hope´s Namen)´´. Eine etwas temperamentvollere Meinung äußerte Hal Singer, selbst einer der gefeierten Tenorstars, der nach seinem Hit´Cornbread´ genannt wurde):´Man, du würdest es nicht glauben : in manchen Städten hatte Lynn Hope so eine Fangemeinde, man konnte ihm einfach nicht hinterherkommen, er würde die Menge verrückt machen, er würde Staus verursachen! Hier sind Sie also mit einer breiten und abwechslungsreichen Auswahl von Lynn Hopes Tenoristik. Vom harten und bluesigen Rocken von´Blow Lynn Blow´ und´Eleven Til Two´ werden Sie mit dem sanften Klang von´Tenderly´ verwöhnt oder eingeladen, Ihre Hüften sanft zum Rhythmus´South of the Border:´ zu bewegen.