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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Wednesday, January 27 - A Heartbeat and a Guitar

My guest Wednesday at 2:30 on KPFK is a filmmaker and a cultural historian who’s written before about another favorite subject, Joe Strummer of The Clash. Now Antonino D’Ambrosio has authored A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears, a delightful revisionist take-apart of popular music, the America Civil Rights Movement, Native American sovereignty, all considered through Johnny Cash’s brave and deeply political 1964 album, “Bitter Tears,” which features so many amazing songs by songwriter Peter La Farge, most famous being perhaps “The Ballad of Ira Hayes.” In A Heartbeat and a Guitar, we get art, politics, and a thoughtful, provocative, polemical guide to the limits of American engagement with the struggles of Native Americans --- and the fight by Johnny Cash to push back. For more on this excellent book:

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