Will Oldham (As Author)

“Most solutions sought through song will call for excruciating translation before they can be of any real use” — so says our very own Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the singer of all things Palace. He’s also a cantankerous, can’t-take-your-eyes-off-him performer in music and films that often veer wildly from their roots in Appalachian folk art. These days he’s visiting bookstores in his latest guise as author of “Songs of Love and Horror: Collected Lyrics of Will Oldham.” The book presents the words to more than 200 songs. Below the final refrains on each page, Oldham leaves us lingering with enigmatic little follow-up notes. Many are like koans, and hardly any refer to a relationship between the lyrics and the songs we might have heard from records or stage. And thus, even Oldham completists will be learning anew. 

Thursday, March 14

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About the Author

Will Oldham (As Author)

New Jersey–expatriate T.E. Lyons reconnected with the written word coincident with the arrival of his first child. His byline has since appeared on over a thousand reviews, previews, features, and fiction pieces–and a clutch of journalism awards. Favorite interview questions: “What’s your idea of good country music?” and “Do you think that last question was meant to bait you?” Reading and listening suggestions always welcome.


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