1847 – Introduction – The Year It All Began

1847 – Introduction – The Year It All Began

The following text was written for my book ‘1847: A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity and Savagery,’ published by Gill Books in 2016. To see the full contents of the book, click here.   *****   In the front of my car I keep a steel harmonica in...

1847 – Dedication

1847: A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity & Savagery   To my wonderful sister Sasha, who was by my side during that marvellous Mexican adventure when 1847 struck me head-on all those years ago, and who serenely nudged me forward until this book was complete. And to...
1847 – Contents

1847 – Contents

  Dedication Introduction – 1847: The year it all began Reviews of 1847 Art in 1847   January   New Year’s Day, 1847 Monday 4 January 1847 – The Comanche Warriors and the Free-Thinking Germans   February   Sunday 7 February 1847...
Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) – Musical Pioneer

Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864) – Musical Pioneer

Stephen Foster was one of America’s best-loved composers in the 19th century, writing more than 200 songs, including his smash hit, ‘Oh! Susanna’, the comic ‘Camptown Races’, the haunting ‘Hard Times Come Again No More’ and the hugely successful ‘Old Folks...