Where Dead Voices Gather by Nick Tosches

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A forgotten singer from the early days of jazz is at the center of this riveting book--a narrative that is part mystery, part biography, part meditation on the meaning and power of music.
 

About Nick Tosches

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Nick Tosches is uniquely acquainted with the half-lit New York world in which this novel is set. He is the author of three previous novels, In the Hands of Dante, Cut Numbers, and Trinities. His nonfiction works include Where Dead Voices Gather, The Devil and Sonny Liston, Dino, Power on Earth, Hellfire, Country, and Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll. He lives in New York City.
 
Published August 1, 2009 by Back Bay Books. 302 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Yet his search for Emmett Miller, which ends at the singer’s Macon tombstone, also has great poignancy, and his explication of the musical veins that run from Miller and Lang to Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan is extremely striking.

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for the deeper we seek, the deeper we descend from knowledge to mystery, which is the only place where wisdom abides.'' His quest for the facts about Miller may have come up short, but he has turned his failure into a memorable rumination, full of roguish passion and sardonic humor, on forgotten ...

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The Guardian

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Where Dead Voices Gather by Nick Tosches 330pp, Jonathan Cape, £12.99 Nick Tosches is the most singularly gifted of the writers who began developing their literary muscles as music critics in rock-based periodicals over the past 50 years.

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Publishers Weekly

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Tosches's wide-ranging pop-cultural subjects (e.g., country music, rock 'n' roll, Dean Martin, Sonny Liston) have made him popular, as evidenced by The Nick Tosches Reader (Da Capo), culled from his 30-year career.

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AV Club

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Nick Tosches has been on the trail of Emmett Miller since the '70s, and the search seems to have gotten to him.

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Entertainment Weekly

To those of us born decades after its heyday, blackface -- white singers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries darkening their faces and singing minstrel songs -- remains incomprehensible and creepy.

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