JAMES "SPARKY" RUCKER

ESSAYS, ARTICLES, & ANTHOLOGIES

music, storytelling, history

Team Up! Tell In Tandem!

Sparky and Rhonda co-wrote a chapter in the storytelling book,
TEAM UP! TELL IN TANDEM!
published by PRESTO and US Storytelling Publications.

The August House Book of Scary Stories

Sparky contributed a story, "Johnny and the Dead Man's Liver," to the book,
THE AUGUST HOUSE BOOK OF SCARY STORIES,
published by August House.

Encyclopedia of Appalachia

Sparky was a contributing author for the
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF APPALACHIA,
published in 2006 by the University of Tennessee Press.

More Ready-To-Tell Tales

Sparky contributed his version of the story, "Against The Law," to the book,
MORE READY-TO-TELL TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD,
published by August House.

Breathing the Same Air

Sparky contributed his essay, "My Soul Survives," to the book,
BREATHING THE SAME AIR: AN EAST TENNESSEE ANTHOLOGY,
published by Celtic Cat Publishing.

Several links to Sparky's essays, articles, and stories follow. The text from these writings is protected by copyright and is for the personal use of students, scholars, and the public. Any commercial use or publication of it is strictly prohibited.

Bullies, Badmen, and the Blues:
The Culture of Violence in the African-American Ballad Tradition

Copyright © 2001 by James "Sparky" Rucker.

Robert Johnson and the Roots of the Delta Blues
Copyright © 1999 by James "Sparky" Rucker.

My Soul Survives! Songs of Inspiration from the African-American Experience
Copyright © 2001 by James "Sparky" Rucker and Celtic Cat Publishing.

Heroes & Hard Times: Exploring the Taproots of African-American Folk Culture
Copyright © 2002 by James "Sparky" Rucker.

Some of these essays and stories have been presented on stage and some have been given to students as part of class material. The African-American tale, "Against the Law," was published by August House Publishers in the book More Ready-To-Tell Tales. Sparky's essay, "My Soul Survives!" was published by Celtic Cat Publishing in Breathing the Same Air.(For more information on obtaining these books, go to LINKS.)

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