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Murder Ballads, Secret London and more
September 9, 2009 7:33 AM   Subscribe

Murder Ballads, Secret London and more
PlanetSlade offers forgotten and little-known stories in all the subject categories above. Right now, you can learn the true stories behind Stagger Lee, Frankie & Johnny and Knoxville Girl. Meet the bride and groom from The Giants' Wedding, take a ride on London's Necropolis Railway and discover the black entrepreneur behind America's First Motown. Coming soon: The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.
posted by Paul Slade (7 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief on September 22, 2009: Long Form Journalism on Secret London, Murder Ballads, and other topics of interest

Paul, the Stagger Lee article was great! Looking forward to reading your entries on Frankie and Johnny and Knoxville Girl as well. Might we be seeing something on Omie Wise?

Well done, my friend.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:30 AM on September 10, 2009


wow, pretty outstanding stuff. I don't really have more to say than that. it's just really great.
posted by shmegegge at 8:25 AM on September 10, 2009


More like Richard Slade, amirite? Poor Mary Bellows.

this is awesome
posted by infinitewindow at 4:51 AM on September 12, 2009


Thanks for the kind words, folks. I'm not allowed to toot my own trumpet on the main Metafilter page - which is fair enough - but if you should think any of my essays merit it ...

Oh, and infinitewindow? My name really is Paul Slade but, yes, I'm very familiar with the Nick Cave song you mention. Slade's quite a common surname in the English county of Somerset, where my Dad comes from, and I like to think of Richard as a distant cousin on that side of the family.
posted by Paul Slade at 3:14 AM on September 13, 2009


but if you should think any of my essays merit it ...
Been there done that. I don't think I can toot your trumpet again. I'll give you a vote and a favorite though, how's that.
posted by tellurian at 9:06 PM on September 21, 2009


I posted this project because there's more than that one story on the site, and because I had fun finding all those various versions of Stagger Lee/Stack O Lee. If tellurian's post (or any of the following comments) made note of what else was on the site, I would have let it be.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:20 AM on September 22, 2009


Thank you, tellurian, and thank you filthy light thief. I hope my little nudge didn't break any rules either.
posted by Paul Slade at 12:06 PM on September 22, 2009


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