Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Stackalee - Update

My post the other day about the murder of Billy Lyons by Lee Sheldon drew quite a bit of interest. It’s interesting that such a minor incident (although, not so minor to Billy Lyons or his friends and family) still draws this much attention some one hundred years after the dastardly event. Had it not been for the song that it inspired, the story of Billy Lyons’ demise would have been lost amongst the seemingly endless acts of violence we’ve come to live with.

Writer, Derek McCulloch, left a comment to let us know he and illustrator, Shepherd Hendrix, had written a historical novel about the event and the song it inspired. Stagger Lee was published by Image Comics and released this past May.

From the reviews that I have read (see Derek’s comment at the original post for links) McCulloch and Hendrix have woven the historical facts of the event with close scrutiny of the song’s various versions and wonderful artwork to create a thoroughly enjoyable book. I’ve ordered a copy for myself and thought I’d pass along the link for any of the riders on the Bus that may be interested.

Stagger Lee is available at Amazon.com.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Derek McCulloch said...

Hi Ed -

Thanks for such a great plug! Those who are interested can see more reviews and other stuff at http://staggerlee.typepad.com/ or staggerleebook.com.

And anybody with an interest in this subject should really check out the definitive historical/folkloric work, Stagolee Shot Billy, by Cecil Brown.

January 16, 2007 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a coincidence, my son just sent me this:
Samuel L Jackson doing Stagger Lee

http://www.theclerisy.net/Samuel%20L.%20Jackson%20-%20Stackolee.mp3

January 18, 2007 7:17 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Well, now there's a different take on the story. Thanks for sharing.

January 18, 2007 8:05 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Derek, Thanks for the links. I would have to agree with your choice of Cecil Brown's work.

January 22, 2007 10:25 PM  

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