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DANCE HALL DAZE – HELL ON WHEELS BOOK

For those seeking further background on the real-life 19th century history behind the hit AMC show Hell on Wheels, the book Hell on Wheels: Wicked Towns along the Union Pacific Railroad (2013) could serve as such a primer. Written by Dick Kreck and published by Fulcrum, Hell on Wheels: Wicked Towns explores both the context…

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LONGMIRE 2ND SEASON SET FOR DVD RELEASE

A date has now been announced for the DVD release of Season Two of A&E’s acclaimed Western mystery series Longmire. This contemporary Western is set in present-day Wyoming and is based upon the popular Craig Johnson novel series of the same name. Warner Home Video will release Longmire – The Complete 2nd Season on May…

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PBS TRAILER FOR BUTCH & SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY

PBS has released a trailer for its upcoming new documentary, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (2014). The documentary, which premieres Tuesday, February 11th at 9E/8C, is the newest installment in the American Experience series, The Wild West. The 1-hour show will examine the history and mythology associated with Cassidy (real name Robert Leroy Parker),…

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TRACKING JESSE JAMES….MUSICALLY FOR PBS

In an earlier post, westernsreboot.com examined one musical interpretation of the Jesse James story; the soundtrack composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) and the Melancholy Light in which that film’s story was musically cast. For those interested in further exploring musical compositions for the…

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ATLANTA GALLERY SHOWCASING ART OF THE AMERICAN WEST

An ongoing exhibition exploring portrayals and perceptions of the American West is taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. The High Museum of Art is hosting a collection entitled Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which features paintings, sculpture, photographs and Indigenous artifacts on loan from the forenamed…