Friday, March 21, 2014
Bourgeois Tagg and Lincoln
My local alternative rock station has an 80s-themed Friday program and hearing Bourgeois Tagg's Mutual Surrender (yes, the linked video is very MTV 80s) made me think of Larry Tagg and his book The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln: The Story of America's Most Reviled President (Savas Beatie, 2009 - reprinted in paperback with a new title in 2012), though neither Abe nor Ronald Reagan would have entirely approved of its sentiments! Tagg is unique. You certainly don't find retired rock musicians becoming published Civil War authors every day. The closest analog is perhaps Phil Collins, whose interest in Texas Revolution artifacts and documents goes far beyond mere acquisition.