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Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians

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Sixteen original short stories by some of the most important young songwriters working today.

Amplifed presents sixteen short stories by some of the most compelling songwriters performing today. With original contributions from Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither, Maria McKee, Patty Larkin, Jim White and Rennie Sparks of The Handsome Family, Amplified showcases artists working in
Paperback, 222 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Melville House
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My father bought this for me for my birthday in April, and I've been reading it little by little ever since. Why so long? You would think it would be a sure bet, an anthology of some of my favorite songwriters trying their hand at short fiction. I read a lot of short fiction, and the problem with an anthology like this is that a lot of the stories are good, but few are great.I could only read them in small doses for fear of being underwhelmed.
Many of these writers, absent the economy of song, l
Bianca Sarah
Dec 05, 2012 Bianca Sarah rated it really liked it
A solid little collection of short stories from a well-selected array of musicians. Worth noting this is a well written though exceptionally disturbing collection at times (I'm looking at you, Rennie Sparks). Great for anyone who ever wondered what goes on in the minds of the folks you see on stage at Schubas when they're not playing their songs, or anyone who already viewed armadillos in a vengeful light.
Mar 22, 2009 Richard rated it it was ok
I received this Uncorrected Proof as a gift from Powells in Portland, which if you have to see if you haven't already made the trip (literally miles of aisles of books). This proof contains two stories one by Chris Smither the other by Cam King; Smiither is a PHENOMENAL folk/blues guitarist of the caliber of Jorma Kaukonen and this is his first short story sans music. While he's better accompanied with his guitar, this is an interesting story (one which he will likely set to music). The trade ed ...more
Nov 19, 2009 Richmond rated it it was amazing
Alt/country and No Depression fans should read this stat. I'm not a name-dropper, but there are some major players from the music world who contributed to this book. Some are grim and black, others warm, most are lyrical.
Jerry Oliver
Mar 21, 2011 Jerry Oliver rated it liked it
Some stories rocked like Chris Smither's "Leroy Purcell" and Ben Weaver's "Humanesque." Others were pretty good and some ...not so much.
Nov 02, 2010 A. rated it really liked it
Some of these were great; some were less than great; Laura Veirs' creeped me the fuck out in the best possible way.
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I am whole heartedly against this book for reasons that are unreasonable, unrealistic and unfair.
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