The Resource The Wichita lineman : searching in the sun for the world's greatest unfinished song, Dylan Jones

The Wichita lineman : searching in the sun for the world's greatest unfinished song, Dylan Jones

Label
The Wichita lineman : searching in the sun for the world's greatest unfinished song
Title
The Wichita lineman
Title remainder
searching in the sun for the world's greatest unfinished song
Statement of responsibility
Dylan Jones
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Written in 1968 by Jimmy Webb, 'Wichita lineman' is the first philosophical country song: a heartbreaking torch ballad still celebrated for its mercurial songwriting genius fifty years on. It was recorded in LA by Glen Campbell with a legendary group of musicians known as 'the Wrecking Crew,' and something about the song's enigmatic mood seemed to capture the tensions in America at a moment of crisis. Fusing a dribble of bass, searing strings, tremolo guitar and Campbell's plaintive vocals, Webb's paean to the American West describe a telephone lineman's longing for an absent lover, who he hears 'singing in the wire'--and like all good love songs, it's an SOS from the heart. Mixing close-listening, interviews and travelogue, Dylan Jones explores the legacy of a record that has entertained and haunted millions for over half a century. What is it about this song that continues to seduce listeners, and how did the parallel stories of Campbell and Webb--songwriters and recording artists from different ends of the spectrum--unfold in the years following? Part biography, part work of musicological archaeology, The Wichita lineman opens a window on to America in the late twentieth century through the prism of a song that has been covered by myriad artists in the intervening decades"--Dust jacket flap
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jones, Dylan
Dewey number
  • 782.42164092
  • 781.64209
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • ML410.W29793
  • ML3524
LC item number
  • J66 2019
  • .J66 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Webb, Jimmy
  • Campbell, Glen
  • Campbell, Glen
  • Wrecking Crew (Musical group)
  • Wrecking Crew (Musical group)
  • Country music
  • Country music
Label
The Wichita lineman : searching in the sun for the world's greatest unfinished song, Dylan Jones
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-274)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
vii, 275 pages
Isbn
9780571353408
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1119722763
  • 1855805
Label
The Wichita lineman : searching in the sun for the world's greatest unfinished song, Dylan Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-274)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
vii, 275 pages
Isbn
9780571353408
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1119722763
  • 1855805

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