I shot a man in Reno: a history of death by murder, suicide, fire, flood, drugs, disease, and general misadventure, as related in popular song

Front Cover
Continuum, Aug 15, 2008 - Music - 253 pages
12 Reviews
""Death music" is not merely a byword for bookish solemnity, or the glorification of murder, drugs and guns. Over the course of the last hundred years it has also been about teenage girls weeping over their high school boyfriend's fatal car wreck; natural disasters sweeping whole communities away; the ever-evolving threat of disease; changing attitudes to old age; exhortations to suicide; the perfect playlist for a funeral; and the thorny question of what happens after the fat lady ceases to sing. Which means that for every "Black Angel's Death Song" there is a "Candle in the Wind," and for every "Cop Killer" there is "The Living Years." Death, like music, is a unifying force. There is something for every taste and inclination, from murderous vengeance to camp sentimentality and everything in between." "Drawing upon original and unique interviews with artists such as Mick Jagger, Richard Thompson, Ice-T, Will Oldham and Neil Finn among many others, I Shot a Man In Reno explores how popular music deals with death, and how it documents the changing reality of what death means as one grows older. It's as transfixing as a train wreck, and you won't be able to put it down. As an epilogue, I Shot A Man In Reno presents the reader with the 40 greatest death songs of all time, complete with a brief rationale for each, acting as a primer for the morbidly curious listener."--BOOK JACKET.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
5
3 stars
3
2 stars
3
1 star
0

Review: I Shot a Man in Reno: A History of Death by Murder, Suicide, Fire, Flood, Drugs, Disease and General Misadventure, as Related in Popular Song

User Review  - Gina - Goodreads

The book was at times funny, and generally interesting, but it was also often frustrating and annoying. At first I was going through it too slowly because I was trying to keep up with the different ... Read full review

Review: I Shot a Man in Reno: A History of Death by Murder, Suicide, Fire, Flood, Drugs, Disease and General Misadventure, as Related in Popular Song

User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

Note - my actual review of this book is now here http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... *********** One day I'll review this book properly, it's a great subject, but until then here's a little ... Read full review

Contents

WHO WANTS TO LIVE
192
TO DIE FOR
211
NOTES ON SOURCES
231
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Graeme Thomson is a freelance music writer. Complicated Shadows, his biography of Elvis Costello, was published in 2004 to widespread acclaim. He lives in Scotland.

Bibliographic information