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The devil's dream

Author: Lee Smith
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1993, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Ballantine Books edView all editions and formats
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In this multigenerational tale, the 1833 marriage of preacher Moses Bailey to fiery Kate Malone in Grassy Springs, Virginia sets up a paradox: he forbids her fiddle-playing as the Devil's laughter, and she cannot resist playing old tunes and mountain hymns to their children. What follows over the next 150 years are generations of Bailey kin who experience the same contrast in music, from the early recordings of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Christian fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smith, Lee, 1944-
Devil's dream.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1993, ©1992
(OCoLC)894766588
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Smith
ISBN: 0345382919 9780345382917
OCLC Number: 28441122
Description: 315 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Lee Smith.

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In this multigenerational tale, the 1833 marriage of preacher Moses Bailey to fiery Kate Malone in Grassy Springs, Virginia sets up a paradox: he forbids her fiddle-playing as the Devil's laughter, and she cannot resist playing old tunes and mountain hymns to their children. What follows over the next 150 years are generations of Bailey kin who experience the same contrast in music, from the early recordings of the "hillbilly music" to the latter-day Nashville sound. Each generation experiences the pull between the divine and the earthy differently -- R.C., Durwood, Blackjack Johnny, Katie -- from finding superstardom away from Grassy Branch only to be torn apart in the larger world, to shooting one's husband for cheating, to the radical experiment of recording music in the old-time tradition.

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