In the Pines5 Murder Ballads

Author(s): Erik Kriek

Graphic Novels

The murder ballad holds a rock-solid position in US roots music and the Great American Songbook for decades. Telling the stories of sometimes true and often not-so-true-crimes and other horrific events, they are raw stories full of unrequited love, betrayal, life, and death. The song form stems from the Anglo-Saxon ballad tradition, where stories were orally passed on to a mostly illiterate population. Dutch cartoonist Erik Kriek was inspired by five old and new murder ballads — including songs by modern masters such as Nick Cave, Steve Earle, and Gillian Welch — and used them as a launching point for five special and ruthless graphic narratives that dig deep into the darkness of Americana, in which guns and religion maintain an uneasy balance.


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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781683960119
  • : Fantagraphics Books
  • : Fantagraphics Books
  • : June 2017
  • : 27.70 cmmm X 20.10 cmmm X 1.80 cmmm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : en
  • : 136
  • : Erik Kriek