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ISBN13: 9781582406077
ISBN10: 1582406073
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On Christmas Eve 1895, shots rang out in a St. Louis barroom. A hundred years and a thousand songs later, this ordinary little murder had become a legend. This is the true story of what happened after Stagger Lee shot Billy.

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"Tracing the factual origins of a legend that has undergone hundreds of permutations over the years, McCulloch and Hendrix blend a fictional narrative with a detailed look at the documented information and myths of Lee Shelton, or 'Stagger Lee.' Best known to today's audiences thanks to Lloyd Price's 1959 #1 hit recording, the tale is a prototype for the 'gangsta' image in black American song-story, an archetype even presented as a Caucasian character when the story headed west in the late 19th century. The basic account revolves around a fatal dice game in which Lee shot and killed one Billy Lyons. McCulloch's script interweaves the recorded facts of the incident with close scrutiny of many of the song's versions and its changing significance as American society progressed, bolstering the cultural archeology with a fictional account of the political upheaval caused by the murderer's trial. McCulloch covers much territory, and sometimes loses its thread, but sharp dialogue and characterizations maintain interest. Hendrix's solid art captures the story with a documentary precision, making this worth a look for those with an interest in America's musical history." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"[R]emarkable....As a work of scholarship as well as a roaring good tale, Stagger Lee is one of the finest graphic novels of the year. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

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chedderbob, October 25, 2006 (view all comments by chedderbob)
Black on black crime is such a


This book lies somewhere between excellent scholarly research on modern popular culture and pure fun. Sepia tones and slightly antiquated language give the narrative a sense of authentic age; while the modernist structure of the book, covering the various aspects of the title song, from Mississippi John Hurt to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds allows for it to be viewed as a proper textbook as well. The care given to African American popular culture in this respect, paralleled only by Ho Che Anderson?s King and Kyle Baker?s Nat Turner in the medium of the graphic novel, sets a new high mark researchers and entertainers should be aspiring to. For those that like their comics with some brains, this is the book for you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582406077
Author:
Derek McCulloch and Shepherd Hendrix
Publisher:
Image Comics
Illustrator:
Hendrix, Shepherd
Author:
McCulloch, Derek
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Missouri
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Murder -- Missouri -- Saint Louis.
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 3, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
231
Dimensions:
10.20x6.58x.72 in. .80 lbs.

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Product details 231 pages Image Comics - English 9781582406077 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Tracing the factual origins of a legend that has undergone hundreds of permutations over the years, McCulloch and Hendrix blend a fictional narrative with a detailed look at the documented information and myths of Lee Shelton, or 'Stagger Lee.' Best known to today's audiences thanks to Lloyd Price's 1959 #1 hit recording, the tale is a prototype for the 'gangsta' image in black American song-story, an archetype even presented as a Caucasian character when the story headed west in the late 19th century. The basic account revolves around a fatal dice game in which Lee shot and killed one Billy Lyons. McCulloch's script interweaves the recorded facts of the incident with close scrutiny of many of the song's versions and its changing significance as American society progressed, bolstering the cultural archeology with a fictional account of the political upheaval caused by the murderer's trial. McCulloch covers much territory, and sometimes loses its thread, but sharp dialogue and characterizations maintain interest. Hendrix's solid art captures the story with a documentary precision, making this worth a look for those with an interest in America's musical history." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[R]emarkable....As a work of scholarship as well as a roaring good tale, Stagger Lee is one of the finest graphic novels of the year. (Grade: A)"
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