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Reservation Blues (1995)

av Sherman Alexie

Andra författare: Sherman Alexie (Lyrics, Coyote Springs songs), Jim Boyd (Lyrics, Coyote Springs songs), Robert Johnson (Words and music)

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Winner of the American Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize, Sherman Alexie's brilliant first novel tells a powerful tale of Indians, rock 'n' roll, and redemption
Coyote Springs is the only all-Indian rock band in Washington State??and the entire rest of the world. Thomas Builds-the-Fire takes vocals and bass guitar, Victor Joseph hits lead guitar, and Junior Polatkin rounds off the sound on drums. Backup vocals come from sisters Chess and Checkers Warm Water. The band sings its own brand of the blues, full of poverty, pain, and loss??but also joy and laughter.


It all started one day when legendary bluesman Robert Johnson showed up on the Spokane Indian Reservation with a magical guitar, leaving it on the floor of Thomas Builds-the-Fire's van after setting off to climb Wellpinit Mountain in search of Big Mom.


In Reservation Blues, National Book Award winner Alexie vaults with ease from comedy to tragedy and back in a tour-de-force outing powered by a collision of cultures: Delta blues and Indian rock.

This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author's personal collection… (mer)

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Just couldn't get into it
  ritaer | Sep 27, 2023 |
An engaging book with interesting, fully characters. Alexie explores lots of important questions, one of which is the various ways white people appropriate Native American culture, a problem I've been thinking about recently, so his perspective was timely and instructive. ( )
  lschiff | Sep 24, 2023 |
Legendary (isn’t he dead?) blues player Robert Johnson brings his accursed guitar to the Spokane Indian reservation. Although he has tried to abandon it several times before, it has always returned to him. This time however, it latches onto young Thomas Builds-the-Fire who finds himself the lead guitar player of a native band called Coyote Springs, under the tutelage of a mysterious woman called Big Mama. Big Mama says she taught Elvis how to sing and also watched the massacre of her people at Wounded Knee.

The band skyrockets from local to regional success and eventually has the opportunity of a record contract in New York City.

But all is not well on the reservation. People there resent Coyote Springs’ triumphs and failures alike. They are not fond of the band’s two white women groupies or that two of the band members are Salish.

This is an original, searing and sarcastic look at Reservation life, including the white people on the reservation (especially the Catholic church). It’s brutal, honest and original.

It’s also funny as all get out. Because, as the author postulates, if you can’t make fun of your problems, you are not Indian. ( )
  streamsong | Dec 9, 2022 |
Folksy and musical, I enjoyed the way this book wove together classic rock, modern Native American life, and darkly funny references to what we see as traditional Native American culture. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
Very interesting. I thought I wasn't into it in the beginning, but kept coming back. Couldn't stop reading. It immersed me completely in a dream-like world. Very effective. I think this one will linger for a long time. I'll seek out more of his work. He walks a very fine line between detailing poverty and getting you to empathise (rather than just sympathise), and does it well. I really appreciated that. ( )
  RFellows | Apr 29, 2020 |
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Sherman Alexieprimär författarealla utgåvorberäknat
Alexie, ShermanLyrics, Coyote Springs songsmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Boyd, JimLyrics, Coyote Springs songsmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Johnson, RobertWords and musicmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
McClain, RachelOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Minor, WendellOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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I went to the crossroad
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In the one hundred and eleven years since the creation of the Spokane Indian Reservation in 1881, not one person, Indian or otherwise, had ever arrived there by accident.
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Winner of the American Book Award and the Murray Morgan Prize, Sherman Alexie's brilliant first novel tells a powerful tale of Indians, rock 'n' roll, and redemption
Coyote Springs is the only all-Indian rock band in Washington State??and the entire rest of the world. Thomas Builds-the-Fire takes vocals and bass guitar, Victor Joseph hits lead guitar, and Junior Polatkin rounds off the sound on drums. Backup vocals come from sisters Chess and Checkers Warm Water. The band sings its own brand of the blues, full of poverty, pain, and loss??but also joy and laughter.


It all started one day when legendary bluesman Robert Johnson showed up on the Spokane Indian Reservation with a magical guitar, leaving it on the floor of Thomas Builds-the-Fire's van after setting off to climb Wellpinit Mountain in search of Big Mom.


In Reservation Blues, National Book Award winner Alexie vaults with ease from comedy to tragedy and back in a tour-de-force outing powered by a collision of cultures: Delta blues and Indian rock.

This ebook features an illustrated biography including rare photos from the author's personal collection

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