Author: Joe Jackson

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Album:Symphony No. 1

Symphony No. 1

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson’s first symphony can’t really be called classical at all; if it had come out 20 years earlier, it would quite obviously have been filed under “Prog.” Sadly, even Jackson’s longtime fans might have trouble with this disc. There’s not a single pop hook to be found in its 45 minutes. Instead, we get four movements of rock-like instrumentals representing the different stages of life. With plenty of synths, electric guitar, and keyboards, the work allows the musician and his ensemble (featuring, among others, trumpeter Terence Blanchard and guitarist Steve…

Book:Leavenworth Train

Leavenworth Train: A Fugitive's Search for Justice in the Vanishing West

Joe Jackson

This gripping book brings alive a daring prison escape and a relentless twenty-four-year manhunt that pitted desperate inmates against their keepers, the citizenry of Canada against the American brand of justice, and one man against his pursuers and the demons of his past. It is 1910, the waning days of the Old West. The Pinkertons and the hard hand of federal law enforcement have corralled most of the region’s fabled outlaws. Into this world steps Frank Grigware, who at age twenty sets out to find gold in Idaho. Yet, he chooses his friends poorly, and is convicted of a train robbery he had no hand in. Sentenced to life in the first federal penitentiary, Leavenworth, he joins five other prisoners in hijacking a supply train and ramming it through the joint’s west gate. Joe Jackson retraces Grigware’s flight through the American prairie, across the Canadian frontier, and into a new life where he became a husband, father, and mayor of a small town. The FBI tracked Grigware through the 1920s and ‘30s, finally…[more]

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