SONGS, COPS AND KINGS
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Spiderman had a pretty good summer, but J.K. Rowling's
not worried. When the sixth Harry Potter books comes out, children
will trample the web-slinger in their rush to bookstores and libraries.
Which makes perfect sense to author and Arthurian scholar Jane Yolen.
She says it's all about good stories, and calls Harry the heir to
the Round Table. Stories for all ages next time on To the Best
of Our Knowledge.
Geoffrey O'Brien grew up in a musical family.
His book is "Sonata for Jukebox: Pop Music, Memory, and the
Imagined Life." O'Brien tells Steve Paulson that the advent
of recording changed our relationship to music - it made the past
permanent. And it continues to influence us. The global influence
of pop music makes true originality all the more rare. And we
hear lots of examples of pop highlights.
Peter Handel reviews mystery novels for Pages
magazine. He talks with Jim Fleming about the rise of interest
in mystery writers from such countries as Italy, France, Scotland
and Sweden. There are only so many plots, he says, so local color
is increasingly important. And we hear samples from two European
novels. Also, Jane Yolen reads from her book "Sword
of the Rightful King," and tells Anne Strainchamps why she
likes to re-invent the stories about King Arthur. In her version,
it's Guinevere who first pulls the sword from the stone!
Mick Foley thrilled wrestling fans for years
as the character "Mankind." He's since written two best-selling
autobiographies and two children's books. Now he's a novelist.
He reads a passage from "Tietam Brown" and talks with
Steve Paulson about his wrestling days, especially the Royal Rumble
which was devastatingly captured in the documentary film "Beyond
the Mat." Foley explains how he tried to combine the brutal
punishment of pro wrestling with being a good father. We also
hear audio from the film, and it is very powerful.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-08-15-A.
- Andrea Camilleri, The
Snack Thief: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery (Penguin)
- Mick Foley, Tietam Brown: a novel
- Jean-Patrick Manchette, The Prone Gunman
(City Lights Noir)
- Geoffrey O'Brien, Sonata for Jukebox:
Pop Music, Memory, and the Imagined Life (Counterpoint)
- Ian Rankin, The Question of Blood
- Jane Yolen, Sword of the Rightful King:
a novel of King Arthur (Harcourt Brace)
- Production Music within OBrien:
1. Smokey Robinson Ooh, Baby, Baby (download from
2. Beach Boys Wouldnt It Be Nice from Pet Sounds
Capitol CDP 7 48421-2
3. Habib Koite and Bamada Batoumamba from Foly! World
4. Dionne Warwick Walk on By from Love Songs Warner
Special Products OPCD 1626
- Option after OBrien: Can You Canoe?
by Brian Deck from Tributary CDS0020 (218-525-4534) www.briandack.com
- Button after Handel: Brilliante from
The Thistle from Kinlochs Fantasy by Puirt a Baroque Marquis
Classics (1-888- 627-6165) 7-7471-81211-27
- Button/Option after Yolen: Chariots of Fire
from Symphonic Rock The British Invasion Vol. 2, The London Symphony
Orchestra Telarc CD 80478
- Music after Foley (Close Music): Heigh-Ho
in the style of Mozart from Favorite Disney Tunes in the Style
of the Great Composers Delos DE 3186
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