Brutal & strange : stories inspired by the songs of Elvis Costello
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Haslett - New BooksMYS BrutalChecked OutAugust 5, 2024

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Lutz, FL : Down & Out Books, [2023].
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Book
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English

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"One of popular music’s most prolific and creative composers, Elvis Costello has written songs in every conceivable genre: pop, reggae, rock, country, funk, soul and jazz, but also for full orchestras and string quartets. What you may not have noticed is that a surprising number of these songs are crime stories—not mere nods toward unsavory events featuring questionable characters, but complete tales of murder and violence told in verse. Costello’s song titles alone confirm one of his preferred themes: 'Accidents will Happen,' 'American Gangster Time,' 'Bullets for the Newborn King,' 'Coal-Train Robberies,' 'The Final Mrs. Curtain,' 'Hetty O’Hara Confidential,' 'Kinder Murder,' 'My Thief,' 'Shabby Doll,' 'Shot with His Own Gun,' 'That’s How You Got Killed Before' and 'Watching the Detectives,' among them. His album titles include 'Blood & Chocolate,' 'Brutal Youth,' 'National Ransom' and 'When I Was Cruel.' You can just imagine the so-called pulp mysteries of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s bearing identical titles accompanied by lurid, evocative cover art. In 'Brutal & Strange,' contemporary masters of crime fiction dig into Costello’s catalogue for inspiration. The marriage of Costello’s themes and these award-winning authors’ creativity will seem an inevitable match when you experience the results. Whether it’s Meg Gardiner and 'Complicated Shadows,' Catriona McPherson and 'Tramp the Dirt Down,' Alex Segura and 'I Want You' Mark Billingham and 'Our Little Angel' or many other virtuoso interpretations, the stories match the composer’s high standards and suggest there’s even more stirring beneath the surface of his songs." --publisher's website

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Gardiner, M., Pelecanos, G. P., McPherson, C., Fusilli, J., Haywood, G. A., Blauner, P., Reyes, R. V., Lin, E., Osler, R., Waites, M., Segura, A., Evans, M. A., Hirsch, R., Phillips, G., Rand, N. R., Spiegelman, P., Benson, R., Billingham, M., & Costello, E. (2023). Brutal & strange: stories inspired by the songs of Elvis Costello . Down & Out Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Meg. Gardiner et al.. 2023. Brutal & Strange: Stories Inspired By the Songs of Elvis Costello. Down & Out Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Meg. Gardiner et al.. Brutal & Strange: Stories Inspired By the Songs of Elvis Costello Down & Out Books, 2023.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Gardiner, Meg., et al. Brutal & Strange: Stories Inspired By the Songs of Elvis Costello Down & Out Books, 2023.

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