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Hardcore troubadours

Ray Robertson’s essay collection reaches out to roots, blues, and gospel aficionados

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Lives of the Poets (with Guitars)

Ray Robertson

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Biographies of musicians are often indistinguishable from extended fan letters, so it’s always nice when authors are upfront about their enthusiasms. In the introduction to his new essay collection, Lives of the Poets (with Guitars), novelist Ray Robertson acknowledges that objectivity is not going to be one of his guiding principles. Instead, he’s chosen to spotlight 13 musicians – actually, 12 individuals and one four-piece punk group – who comprise his own private canon of essential artists.

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