Analysis Of Emerson And Kerouac: Grievous Angels Of Hope And Loss

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“Emerson and Kerouac: Grievous Angels of Hope and Loss” Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture Douglas R. Anderson Fordham University Press, New York 2006 The chapter talks about three individuals whose works had a great influence on American culture: Emerson, Kerouac and Gram Parson. The chapter uses Parson`s song “Return of the Grievous Angel” in order to bring into discussion the roles hope and loss play in the writing of Emerson and Kerouac. Together with folk-poet Thomas S. Brown, Gram Parson wrote a song named “Return of the Grievous Angel”, which was at one level a cross-country trucking story and, at another level, it was Elvis` transition from country to Las Vegas, as Anderson observes. Cecil Ingram Connor III, known professionally as Gram Parsons, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Parsons is best known for his work within the country music genre; he also popularized what he called “Cosmic American Music”, a hybrid of country, rhythm and blues, soul, folk, and rock. Besides recording as a solo artist, he also worked in several notable bands, including the International Submarine Band, The Byrds, and The Flying Burrito Brothers. His relatively short career is described by Allmusic as “enormously influential" for both country and rock, blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other”. Like Kerouac, he died an early death from heroin and alcohol abuse. His had a life

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