The Latest from Carolina Book Beat


David Coston  Daniel Coston There Was

David Coston



North Carolina Musicians: Photographs and Conversations by Daniel Coston plus  There Was a Time: Rock and Roll in the 1960s in Charlotte, and North Carolina by Daniel Coston and Jacob Berger (broadcast 9-9-2013)

Listen in to this double header as we talk with Daniel about his two books that have been published within months of each other.  The foreword by Meg Freeman Whalen to Photographs and Conversations is appropriate for both of these books that are a boon to all those who have received so much enjoyment from our most excellent homegrown musical talent.

“A showcase of photographs and stories by Charlotte photographer Daniel Coston, (these books bring) together music makers of many genres and generations.  Using seeing, rather than musical style, as the basis for its structure, the book(s) present a cross-section of Carolina musicians traveling the road, relaxing at home, recording in studios, and performing in festivals, theaters, and clubs  In these pages, up-and-comers – Chatham County Line, the Avert Brothers, the Carolina Chocolate Drops – find space among their revered elders – Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Nappy Brown, Maurice Williams.  Rock bands jam with shout bands, fiddlers with bluesmen.

With his photographs, Daniel joins a quest that began in North Carolina more than 80 years ago: to give recognition and respect to our homegrown musicians and the sounds they create.  (These book are not just documentaries; they are a salute)”  Find out more at 


Southern Appalachian Celebration  by James Valentine (broadcast 2-20-2012) Breathtaking photographs, taken over a period of 40 years, carry us through the Appalachians of the Carolinas, Virginias and neighboring states.  More than just pretty pictures, the art embodied in these pages invite you to dream, to meditate and to stand in awe at the beauty they convey.  Inviting you to Think Like a Mountain, like a Forest , a Wildflower and more this is a book to learn from as well as admire.  In its introductions and brief descriptions we find out about one of the oldest rivers on earth, about Cherokee legends and about the importance of the most biologically diverse temperate forest in the world among other things.  A treasure of a book, find out more at James Valentine.

Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field by Anne Whiston Spirn (broadcast 12-1-2009) In 1939, Lange worked for the Farm Security Administration in North Carolina, taking photographs in Wake, Orange, Person, Granville and Chatham counties. “Anne Whiston Spirn has hit the nail on the head: she knows the secret of understanding good photography – and of understanding Dorothea Lange’s Life as well. An astonishing book” – Rondal Partridge, photographer and former assistant to Lange.  Find out more at

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