Fingerprints on your imagination – American Skin, pt. 2

We decided to extend the discussion of Bruce Springsteen‘s “American Skin (41 Shots)” into two weeks. As a coincidence, we launch this post on The Boss’s 64th birthday–a celebration, of sorts, of his extraordinary body of work, developing many of the themes we discuss here week to week. Introduction I … → read more

If killing anybody is a terrible crime … Part 2.

Lord Goddard, Lord Chief Justice of England 1946 – 1958 In the first part of this week’s blog we followed two young teenage boys, Christopher Craig, aged 16, and Derek Bentley, aged 19, as they were surrounded by the police after being spotted breaking into a warehouse in Croydon, London. … → read more

If killing anybody is a terrible crime … Part One.

Mr Elvis Costello This week’s post, indeed the 200th of this blog, comes mainly from Mr Elvis Costello and a song from his album Spike in 1989. The song, which will be revealed in a second, seeks to address a wrong, an injustice. The song, angry, contemptuous, and damning of those … → read more

Seeking resolution

Elvis Costello appeared five or six years ago as part of “The Harry Smith Project,” a musical renewal of the songs collected by Smith in the Anthology of American Folk Music, providing his proposed resolution of the Omie Wise tale.  It’s a remarkable performance, I think, and a fine bit … → read more