Rather Be the Devil

Ian Rankin. RATHER BE THE DEVIL A Novel IAN RANKIN Little, Brown and
Company New York Boston London Copyright The characters and events in this
book are fictitious.

Author: Ian Rankin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316342556

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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An Instant New York Times Bestseller Rebus investigates a cold case that just turned red hot. As he settles into an uneasy retirement, Rebus has given up his favorite vices. There's just one habit he can't shake: he can't let go of an unsolved case. It's the only pastime he has left and up until now, it's the only one that wasn't threatening to kill him. But when Rebus starts reexamining the facts behind the long-ago murder of a glamorous woman at a luxurious hotel - on the same night a famous rock star and his entourage where also staying there - the past comes roaring back to life with a vengeance. And as soon as Rebus starts asking questions about the long forgotten crime, a fresh body materializes. His inquiries reunite him with his old pals-Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox-as they attempt to uncover the financial chicanery behind the savage beating of an upstart gangster, a crime that suggests the notorious old school crime boss Big Ger Cafferty has taken to retirement as poorly as Rebus himself. As he connects the mysteries of the past to the those of the present, Rebus learns - the hard way - that he's not the only one with an insatiable curiosity about what happened in that hotel room forty years ago, and that someone will stop at nothing to ensure that the crime remains ancient history. A twisted tale of power, corruption, and bitter rivalries in the dark heart of Edinburgh, Rather Be the Devil showcases Rankin and Rebus at their unstoppable best.

I d Rather Be the Devil

Bentonians would later associate her with the evil persona of Devil Got My
Woman: I'd rather be the devil, than to be that woman's man Was nothin' but the
devil, changed my baby's mind. Although James had been singing this lyric
before his ...

Author: Stephen Calt

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1556527462

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 385

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Skip James (1902–1969) was perhaps the most creative and idiosyncratic of all blues musicians. Drawing on hundreds of hours of conversations with James himself, Stephen Calt here paints a dark and unforgettable portrait of a man untroubled by his own murderous inclinations, a man who achieved one moment of transcendent greatness in a life haunted by failure. And in doing so, Calt offers new insights into the nature of the blues, the world in which it thrived, and its fate when that world vanished.

I d Rather Be Laughing

Incidentally, it might be wise to remember that Satan is the enemy of our souls;
the soul is the devil's playground. It is his voice that whispers messages to
discourage us, diminish us, and condemn us. It's his voice that suggests God
could ...

Author: Marilyn Meberg

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418558087

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Heartbreaking losses can steal the cheer from anyone's life. But here's a way to overcome the tribulations that threaten your happiness and shadow your days. In this clever and inspirational book, experienced counselor and popular speaker Marilyn Meberg shows you how to triumph and choose to laugh instead of cry. With warm encouragement, contagious enthusiasm, and a dash of mischievous humor, she shares the powerful medicine of God's Word. As the light of His love courses through your heart, you'll soon find yourself agreeing: I'd Rather Be Laughing!

I d Rather be Right Than Happy

After the youngest girl was established as a Scapegoat and a true Devil, they
were convinced that the Saints needed Devils in their lives as surely as the
Devils needed the Saints to be happy with. It is difficult to grasp that a part of you
wants ...

Author: Theresa M. Benjamin

Publisher: Coda Publications

ISBN: 9780910390668

Category: Psychology

Page: 247

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The Drama of Earth

I will go home and say I ' ve seen the devil , Who tempts the world still with the
evil fruit ! [ Excit . LAND . Ha ! I would rather be the devil really , so I could keep all
the women in such fear of me that I should get rid of their annoyances ; yet , I
have ...

Author: Jerome Kidder



Category: Temperance

Page: 360

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A History and Critical Analysis of Blake s 7 the 1978 1981 British Television Space Adventure

The Star Trek adventure was essentially identical to its source, but with the stakes
being the survival of the starship ... or pacifism, but by Blake's realization that he
would rather be pursued by the devil he does know, Travis, then the devil he is ...

Author: John Kenneth Muir

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476604932

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 223

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Blake’s 7, Terry Nation’s science fiction tale of cosmic freedom fighters, became a hit series in Great Britain when it premiered in 1978. Eight years later, the show quickly became a cult program in America. A dramatization of futuristic outlaw heroes who defend the innocent from both alien and human conquering forces, the series might better be said to be equal parts Robin Hood and The Magnificent Seven. The series defied traditional genre elements of science fiction television, and developed the concept of the continual “story arc” years before such shows as Babylon 5 and Deep Space Nine. This book provides a critical history and episode guide for Blake’s 7, including commentaries for all 52 episodes. Also included are analytical essays on the show, dealing with such topics as themes, imagery and story arc; a consideration of the series as a futuristic Robin Hood myth; cinematography and visual effects; and an overview of Blake’s 7 in books, comics and videos. A detailed appendix lists the genre conventions found in the series. The author also includes information about Blake’s 7 fan clubs and Internet sites.

Littell s Living Age

Enticknap admits no difference of opinion in matters of gardening , but I believe
him to admit that you are capable of un ... That youth would rather be stuck on the
devil's pitchfork - being the real proper devil - than wafted to heaven on the ...






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Surprised by Laughter Revised and Updated

The devil urged Dunbar to join the friars, but Dunbar responded that he would
rather be a bishop. The devil disappeared with “stink and fyrie smoke.” Much of
the macabre humor of the sixteenth-century Howleglass takes place on the hero's

Author: Terry Lindvall

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1595554793

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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For C. S. Lewis, merriment was serious business, and like no book before it, Surprised by Laughter explains why. Author Terry Lindvall takes readers on a highly amusing and deeply meaningful journey through the life and letters of one of the most beloved Christian thinkers and writers. As Lindvall shows, the unique magic of Lewis's approach was his belief that explosive and infectious joy dwells deep in the heart of Christian faith. Readers can never fully understand Lewis, his life or his legacy until they learn to laugh with him.

The Century Magazine Scribner s Monthly

It is not manly to lie even If James A. Garfield had had the good luck to about
Satan . ” “ I would rather be defeated than represent a district fronting on
Massachusetts Bay , make capital out of my religion . ” “ The men who instead of
one on the ...






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Bring the Noise

... John Martyn's 'I'd Rather Be the Devil' and 'Big Muff'. To varying degrees, all
this music was animated by the same impulse that drove Miles, a quest for a 'One
World' music, a fissile fusion of jazz, funk, rock, Indian music, electroacoustics.

Author: Simon Reynolds

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 159376460X

Category: Music

Page: 448

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Bring the Noise weaves together interviews, reviews, essays, and features to create a critical history of the last twenty years of pop culture, juxtaposing the voices of many of rock and hip hop’s most provocative artists—Morrissey, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, The Stone Roses, P.J. Harvey, Radiohead—with Reynolds’s own passionate analysis. With all the energy and insight you would expect from the author of Rip It Up and Start Again, Bring the Noise tracks the alternately fraught and fertile relationship between white bohemia and black street music. The selections transmit the immediacy of their moment while offering a running commentary on the broader enduring questions of race and resistance, multiculturalism, and division. From grunge to grime, from Madchester to the Dirty South, Bring the Noise chronicles hip hop and alternative rock’s competing claims to be the cutting edge of innovation and the voice of opposition in an era of conservative backlash. Alert to both the vivid detail and the big picture, Simon Reynolds has shaped a compelling narrative that cuts across a thrillingly turbulent two-decade period of pop music.

The Gospel According to the Blues

And, as we have seen, there is a continual thread of explicit protest as well,
where the ills and injustice suffered are called out, and where the ... Listening
Guide skip James, I'd Rather Be The Devil: The 110 The Gospel According to the

Author: Gary W. Burnett

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630875589

Category: Religion

Page: 170

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The Gospel According to the Blues dares us to read Jesus's Sermon on the Mount in conversation with Robert Johnson, Son House, and Muddy Waters. It suggests that thinking about the blues--the history, the artists, the songs--provides good stimulation for thinking about the Christian gospel. Both are about a world gone wrong, about injustice, about the human condition, and both are about hope for a better world. In this book, Gary Burnett probes both the gospel and the history of the blues as we find it in the Sermon on the Mount, to help us understand better the nature of the good news which Jesus preached, and its relevance and challenge to us.

Preachin the Blues

These titles are now standard for the Library of Congress, the titles on 1963
release Blues From The Mississippi Delta differ. 39. As quoted in Ted Gioia, Delta
Blues, p. ... Calt, I'd Rather Be the Devil, pp. 277–78, 286–87. 45. See Elijah
Wald's ...

Author: Daniel Beaumont

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199753121

Category: Music

Page: 224

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In June of 1964, three young, white blues fans set out from New York City in a Volkswagen, heading for the Mississippi Delta in search of a musical legend. So begins Preachin' the Blues, the biography of American blues signer and guitarist Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902 - 1988). House pioneered an innovative style, incorporating strong repetitive rhythms with elements of southern gospel and spiritual vocals. A seminal figure in the history of the Delta blues, he was an important, direct influence on such figures as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. The landscape of Son House's life and the vicissitudes he endured make for an absorbing narrative, threaded through with a tension between House's religious beliefs and his spells of commitment to a lifestyle that implicitly rejected it. Drinking, womanizing, and singing the blues caused this tension that is palpable in his music, and becomes explicit in one of his finest performances, "Preachin' the Blues." Large parts of House's life are obscure, not least because his own accounts of them were inconsistent. Author Daniel Beaumont offers a chronology/topography of House's youth, taking into account evidence that conflicts sharply with the well-worn fable, and he illuminates the obscurity of House's two decades in Rochester, NY between his departure from Mississippi in the 1940s and his "rediscovery" by members of the Folk Revival Movement in 1964. Beaumont gives a detailed and perceptive account of House's primary musical legacy: his recordings for Paramount in 1930 and for the Library of Congress in 1941-42. In the course of his research Beaumont has unearthed not only connections among the many scattered facts and fictions but new information about a rumoured murder in Mississippi, and a charge of manslaughter on Long Island - incidents which bring tragic light upon House's lifelong struggles and self-imposed disappearance, and give trenchant meaning to the moving music of this early blues legend.

Writing Gordon Lightfoot

They were so excited to be in each other's company. I heard Skip james sing, 'I'd
rather be the devil/than be my woman's man,' and it made such an impact that I
went home singing it. My parents looked at me like l was crazy. I was thirteen ...

Author: Dave Bidini

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

ISBN: 0771012594

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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From acclaimed musician and author Dave Bidini comes a brilliantly original look at a folk-rock legend and the momentous week in 1972 that culminated in the Mariposa Folk Festival. July, 1972. As musicians across Canada prepare for the nation's biggest folk festival, held on Toronto Island, a series of events unfold that will transform the country politically, psychologically--and musically. As Bidini explores the remarkable week leading up to Mariposa, he also explores the life and times of one of the most enigmatic figures in Canadian music: Gordon Lightfoot, the reigning king of folk at the height of his career. Through a series of letters, Bidini addresses Lightfoot directly, questioning him, imagining his life, and weaving together a fascinating, highly original look at a musician at the top of his game. By the end of the week, the country is on the verge of massive change and the '72 Mariposa folk fest--complete with surprise appearances by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and yes, Lightfoot--is on its way to becoming legendary. From the Hardcover edition.

When Your Way Gets Dark

His boast, too, that his old lover will call after him, "You'll call at me, baby, and —
an' I'll be gone," is delivered by Patton ... Stephen Call's biography of James, I'd
Rather Be the Devil, creates a disturbing portrait of the man as, indeed, a fallen ...

Author: Jeffrey Carroll

Publisher: Parlor Press LLC

ISBN: 9781932559385

Category: Music

Page: 176

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Drawing from his 35 years of blues encounters, Carroll analyzes performers and nine historic blues performances--including the blues of Charlie Patton, Skip James, Memphis Minnie, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and others. (Music)

The Job

I'm going to hunger and thirst and satisfy my appetites - even if it makes me
selfish as the devil . I'd rather be that than be a branstuffed automaton that's never
human enough to hunger . But of course you're naturally a Puritan and always
will ...

Author: Sinclair Lewis

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803279483

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

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Working girl Una Golden is caught in the dilemmas of career or marriage, office or kitchen, boss or husband, birth control or motherhood.

Dance of Death

Fahey, John. How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life. Chicago: Drag City,
BIBLIOGRAPHY Fahey, John, and John Lescroart. The Best ofJohn Fahey 1959–
1977. Calt, Stephen. I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues. Chicago:

Author: Steve Lowenthal

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613745222

Category: Music

Page: 240

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John Fahey hovers ghostlike in the sound of almost every acoustic guitarist who came after him. He was to the solo acoustic guitar what Hendrix was to the electric: the man whom all subsequent musicians had to listen to. Fahey made more than forty albums between 1959 and his death in 2001, fusing folk, blues, and experimental composition, taking familiar American sounds and making them new. Yet Fahey’s life and art remain largely unexamined. His memoir and liner notes were largely fiction. His real story has never been told—until now. Journalist Steve Lowenthal has spent years talking with Fahey’s producers, friends, peers, wives, business partners, and many others. He describes how Fahey introduced pre-war blues to a broader public; how his independent label, Takoma, set new standards; how he battled his demons, including stage fright, alcohol, and prescription pills; how he ended up homeless and mentally unbalanced; and how, despite his troubles, he managed to found a new record label, Revenant, that won Grammys and remains critically revered. This portrait of a troubled and troubling man in a constant state of creative flux is not only a biography, but also the compelling story of a great American outcast. Steve Lowenthal started and ran the music magazine Swingset; his writing has also been published in Fader, Spin, Vice, and the Village Voice. He lives in New York City. David Fricke is a senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine.

Mississippi John Hurt

9. Larry Hoffman, notes to Mississippi John Hurt Memorial Anthology, CD GCD
9906/7, Blues Vault Series, Genes, 1993. 10. Ken Ficara, review of I'd Rather Be
the Devil: Skip James and the Blues, by Stephen Calt (New York: Da Capo, 1994
), ...

Author: Philip R. Ratcliffe

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781617030093

Category: Music

Page: 272

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When Mississippi John Hurt (1892-1966) was "rediscovered" by blues revivalists in 1963, his musicianship and recordings transformed popular notions of prewar country blues. At seventy-one he moved to Washington, D.C., from Avalon, Mississippi, and became a live-wire connection to a powerful, authentic past. His intricate and lively style made him the most sought after musician among the many talents the revival brought to light. Mississippi John Hurt provides this legendary creator's life story for the first time. Biographer Philip Ratcliffe traces Hurt's roots to the moment his mother Mary Jane McCain and his father Isom Hurt were freed from slavery. Anecdotes from Hurt's childhood and teenage years include the destiny-making moment when his mother purchased his first guitar for $1.50 when he was only nine years old. Stories from his neighbors and friends, from both of his wives, and from his extended family round out the community picture of Avalon. U.S. census records, Hurt's first marriage record in 1916, images of his first autographed LP record, and excerpts from personal letters written in his own hand provide treasures for fans. Ratcliffe details Hurt's musical influences and the origins of his style and repertoire. The author also relates numerous stories from the time of his success, drawing on published sources and many hours of interviews with people who knew Hurt well, including the late Jerry Ricks, Pat Sky, Stefan Grossman and Max Ochs, Dick Spottswood, and the late Mike Stewart. In addition, some of the last photographs taken of the legendary musician are featured for the first time in Mississippi John Hurt.