Civil War Talk Radio Interview

Last Friday (June 5, 2009) I appeared as a guest on Gerry Prokopowicz’s Civil War Talk Radio show.  Gerry asked questions about my forthcoming book, Scars to Prove It, which is due out next month from the Kent State University Press.  We also talked about the Ambrose Bierce Project as well as my current book project, tentatively titled Southern Screech: A Cultural History of the Rebel Yell.

I very much enjoyed the experience, even if I was a bit tongue-tied at times.  I thought Gerry’s questions were excellent, and his observations about American folk music have helped to focus my thoughts on the postwar development of the Rebel yell.

To listen to the interview, click here.

6 Responses to “Civil War Talk Radio Interview”

  1. Carl Williams Says:

    We are discussing your comments at our email discussion group.
    In particular wanted to cite Bierce’s imagery about the Rebel Yell.
    the website is:

  2. craig warren Says:

    Hi Carl,

    Thanks very much for your comment, and for notifying me of your group’s online discussion. I look forward to reading.

    Yes, Bierce’s description of the Rebel yell is my all-time favorite. In fact, an excerpt from the passage begins my book-in-progress about the screech:

    “It was the ugliest sound that any mortal ever heard.”

  3. Melissa Says:

    Good work, Warren. But thou ought fix thy RSS feed!

  4. craig warren Says:

    Thanks, Melissa. Sadly, I’m not sure why the RSS feed stopped. I didn’t change any of the configurations, but new posts no longer appear. And the feed validates just fine, which confuses me all the more!

  5. Bill Elliott Says:

    I have just been listening to your Civil War Talk Radio interview and have come onto your site to learn more about your work on the Rebel Yell. I am in Brisbane, Australia and am something of a Civil War Buff if that is not a contradiction for an Aussie. Anyway I regularly download the CWTR program and listen to it in the car. Thanks for the informative interview and I was wondering if there was anyway of obtaining some sort of alert when you more advanced with you Rebel Yell project ?

  6. craig warren Says:

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for listening all the way across the world! The Rebel yell project is now underway; I did most of the preliminary research over the last year, and am now writing the book manuscript. My goal is to send off a few chapters this summer to a press that has expressed some interest. Depending on the publisher’s reaction, I will have a better idea of the timeframe involved. In the meanwhile, you can always check in here for updates — or simply drop me an email. Thanks for your interest!

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