A trailblazer of alt-country, a protest singer of fiery commitment, a
songwriter of towering ability — Steve Earle is an artist of expansive
talents. He’s here, a sack full of Grammy Awards and his gravely,
impassioned voice in tow, for a solo show 10 days before the release of Terraplane, a new album of swampy, southern stomp blues. (credit: MASS MoCA publicity)
I've always been a big Neil Young and Bob Dylan fan. In 1986, a good friend, who knew my taste in music, suggested I watch Steve Earle on Austin City Limits, suggesting I'd enjoy his music. Bingo! I've been a huge Steve Earle fan since. While a multi-Grammy Award winner, and a musician's musician, Steve has never hit it as bit as Bob Dylan and Neil Young. But he should have. I have over a thousand iTunes on my iPhone, the leader is Bob Dylan with 43, Steve Earle is at 40, and Neil Young has 29. Yes, Steve's that good. I've got my tickets (in this age of $100 ticket prices, $36 is a bargain). I am really looking forward to the drive over the Petersburgh Pass to North Adams on February 7th!
Give him a try, click on some of the YouTube videos of his songs I've linked below.
I usually borrow books from libraries. I happen to work in a university library, so that's my normal practice. When the book isn't owned by the library, I then request it through interlibrary loan. But if it's a book I want to own or have a lot of time to read, I'll sometimes buy it. If it's just been released, I'll usually get it through Amazon.com but if it been around for a bit, I check AbeBooks.com, one of my favorite websites.
AbeBooks, which is owned by Amazon (though that's not made obvious at their website), is a fabulous source for used books and new books. Virtually every used bookstore in the country garners a significant slice of their revenue pie by making their books available (for a fee to Amazon) on this portal.
You can buy the The Witch of Hebron from Amazon.com : hardcover for $16.89, paperback for $12.03, or Kindle edition for $9.99. I really prefer the hardcover, print format, so I decided to check to see what was available at AbeBooks. I plugged the title in the search engine and then sorted by "Lowest Total Price " (i.e. price plus shipping). Up popped a hardcover copy, in Very Good condition for $1.00, plus $2.46 for shipping -- $3.46 total. This is not an unusual AbeBooks deal. I placed my order and about a week later it arrived in my mailbox from Hippo Books, a dealer in Toledo, Ohio. I'd say closer to "like new" versus "Very Good" condition. I've bought many books from AbeBooks through the years and have been extremely happy with the service. Only one time did I feel the condition of the book that arrived was less than advertised by the dealer. AbeBooks is also a great place to check for that ancient book, long out-of-print, you've been searching for.