Love is red, death is blue
by Charles Taylor
(Greil Marcus and Sean Wilentz discuss their amazing new anthology of writing about the American ballad)
"Open up the new collection of essays "The Rose & the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad,"
begin reading the real and imagined stories that make up its investigation of American ballads, and you will believe that the air itself has become a radio. Songs are all around you, with their inevitable tales of lost love, or love turned to murder or other forms of death, swirling through the air, not so much raising the dead as reminding you that those people and places you thought of as dead were always with us, waiting for their moment to reclaim their hold on you. "
"The Rose & the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad"
Edited by Sean Wilentz and Greil Marcus
("Do Americans still believe the past is a real place?")