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Author: John Mellencamp,T Bone Burnett,Stephen King
ISBN13: 978-1579402358
Title: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
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Language: English
Category: Music
Publisher: Concord Music Group; Box Har/Co edition (June 4, 2013)
Pages: 110

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County by John Mellencamp,T Bone Burnett,Stephen King

John Mellencamp-Stephen King collaboration packs an emotional wallop. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’ tour will visit Clowes Hall. Written by David Lindquist. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - John Mellencamp and Stephen King say Ghost Brothers of Darkland County isn’t ready for Broadway, but their theatrical production can’t get much better than the version that debuted Thursday at IU Auditorium. When the Ghost Brothers tour visits Clowes Hall on Oct. 18, attendees will experience a show that resembles an old-school radio play. Conventional acting and choreography are parts of the package, but only as accents - an approach that fits Mellencamp’s description of Ghost Brothers as a play with music rather than a musical.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a musical by John Mellencamp, Stephen King, and T Bone Burnett. It debuted at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2012. A touring production began in late 2013 through the South and Midwest. A soundtrack was released featuring country, folk, and rock musicians

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Termed a "Southern gothic musical," Ghost Brothers of Darkland County was scripted by novelist Stephen King with the music coming from maverick heartland rocker John Mellencamp, a collaboration a bit left-field for both artists

Stephen King and Others. From the minds of co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and T Bone Burnett comes Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a Southern Gothic supernatural musical thriller of fraternal love, lust, jealousy, and revenge. Set in the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi, the Ghost Brothers’ story centers on two sets of brothers: the ghosts of Jack and Andy, dead in an apparent murder/suicide, and their nephews, the living Frank and Drake, who seem to be headed toward the same downward spiral as their uncles

The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the long-simmering musical-theatre piece dreamed up by Stephen King, John Mellencamp and musical director T Bone Burnett keeps plodding on towards exactly the spot you expect it to g. Tinkered with on and off for 15 years, the Stephen King-John Mellencamp-T Bone Burnett musical "The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" finally made it to Toronto on Tuesday. The verdict? Yet more tinkering wouldn't hurt, says Ben Rayner.

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. John Mellencamp is an American rock singer-songwriter known for his heartland rock

The perfect gift for fans of Stephen King and John Mellencamp—the libretto of their acclaimed Southern Gothic supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, with hand-written notes on the development of the play, plus two CDs and a DVD featuring the songs and interviews with Stephen King, John Mellencamp, and Musical Director, T Bone Burnett.Set in the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi, the Ghost Brothers’ story centers on two sets of brothers: the ghosts of Jack and Andy, dead in an apparent murder/suicide, and their nephews, the living Frank and Drake, who seem to be headed toward the same downward spiral as their uncles. Joe, younger brother of Jack and Andy, father of Frank and Drake, has decided it’s time to reveal his own terrible secret at the site of the tragedy, before it’s too late.
Reviews: 7
Sometimes you hear of something that's just so strange you can't wrap your mind around it. I know when I first heard about GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY, I couldn't even comprehend what such a thing would be like. A collaboration between Stephen King and John Mellencamp . . . A musical . . . Oookaaayyyyyy. Then I didn't hear anything about it for several years and on the odd occasion I would think about it, I always assumed it had gone the way of all failed projects and been forgotten, shelved, tossed out by creators who either couldn't get the thing to come together in a satisfactory manner or had simply lost interest in the project. Then one day I heard the musical was being performed.

So, it was finished then. Cool. Maybe one day I'd learn what the story was.

What I certainly did not expect was to walk into my local bookstore, intent on buying the latest Stephen King novel (JOYLAND) and seeing GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY there on the shelf as well. Except, this wasn't a book. And it wasn't an album. So, what was it? I pulled it from the shelf, looked it over. It had the dimensions of an album, but was a bit thicker. Maybe a double album? It was certainly heavy, whatever it was. The price was $50, though, and since I didn't know exactly what was in the thing (if it was just a box set of CDs containing the songs from the musical, I'd think about it. If it really was an album of the music, no thanks), I wasn't blowing $50 on nothing. So I got home and researched the product. Amazon had it listed as a hardcover, but also as a CD. And it was $20 cheaper than the thing I'd seen at the bookstore. So I ordered it.

Yep, the thing I saw at the bookstore was it. It's not a hardcover book, but there is a book included, a thin but fat, flimsy thing also the size of an album cover, printed on black paper with white text, the script for GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY, the musical written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp. Also included were 2 CDs and 1 DVD (which contains about 10 minutes of the creators talking about the origin of the play, which you can read about in the intro of the book, and a video for one of the songs. All in all, a very pointless DVD). I was in the middle of reading a book I had been asked to review, so I had to set the play aside and finish my book, but that didn't mean I couldn't take the CDs to work. After the first day, however, I just started taking 1 CD. Both CDs contain all the same songs, but CD 1 also contains bits of dialogue from the play performed by some pretty big names (Kris Kristopherson, Matthew McConaughey, Meg Ryan, Samantha Mathis). The songs cover a few genres, although not as many as Mellencamp had initially conceived, mostly forms of country music in its various subgenres. The songs are performed by stars like Roseanne Cash, Kristopherson, Elvis Costello and brothers Dave and Phil Alvin. A cast list on the back of the package shows who sings which part (Kristopherson sings his own parts, but Meg Ryan reads dialogue for Monique, the McCandless matriarch, while Cash covers lyrical duties on Monique's songs) Samantha Mathis plays Jenna while Sheryl Crow sings Jenna's songs.

Overall the album is very good and I've been listening to it a couple times a day since I bought the album. The songs are well-constructed and they bring lots of depth to these characters. Mellencamp did an excellent job for the most part (a few clunky lines here and there, a bad couple of notes in one song in particular, notwithstanding) in telling much of the story through the songs alone.

But he didn't tell the entire story, and that's why I was eager to get to the play. Finally, I read my novel, wrote my review, and was able to get to GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY.

I will say, it's a good thing I had spent so much time with the songs before reading the play, because I was better able to play them in my head and get a feel for how they fit into their particular scenes in the play, and also then be better able to appreciate the songs for what they were the next time I listened to them.

The story of GHOST BROTHERS involves the McCandless family, father Joe, mother Monique, older brother Drake, younger brother Frank, and Frank's girlfriend Anna. The setting is the family cabin in Mississippi where, 40 years earlier, Joe's older brothers Andy and Jack (and Jack's girlfriend Jenna) died in what appeared to be a murder/double suicide.

Joe has called Clan McCandless to the cabin in order to relieve himself of a burden he's been carrying since his brothers died. He's been afraid for some time now--since Drake broke Frank's arm--that his sons are traveling down the same path as his dear departed brothers and he means to try to stop it before it's too late. Meanwhile, the ghosts, Jack, Andy, Jenna, and the old caretaker of the place, Dan, are still inhabiting the cabin and listening to every word that's said.

Unfortunately, another creature, known only as The Shape, is also present. It's an evil thing, The Shape, and it whispers in their ears to egg them on, encouraging anger, resentment, spite, jealousy, etc. It was The Shape all those years ago that whispered first in Frank's ear, then in Jack's.

King writes the conflict between the brothers so well, but he writes it between the two sets of brothers so similarly, I can't tell if he's purposely making their arguments feel so alike or if that's just how it comes across.

Joe and Monique are also well drawn, but we get most of their development through their dialogue and actions. For the girls torn between the two sets of brothers, however, ghostly Jenna and bitchy Anna, most of that comes from their songs and the great descriptive words Mellencamp has given them.

King gives just enough stage direction that the sense of what's happening where and when is never lost, and we're able to perfectly imagine in our mind's eye how certain actions would play out on stage. King also gives the narrative enough "down home" charm, we're never bored or feeling like we're reading a manual or something. King's words have heart and action, and he seriously knows how to carry a story, even if it's mostly through dialogue.

I'm thoroughly impressed with this story and the music that comes with it. The songs are well-suited to the stories and never feel intrusive or lame. I'd have to say as a collaboration between two artists I would have never thought would have anything in common, GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY is a winner. Each artist plays to their strengths and the result is a story, and album, I'll have in my head for a very long time afterward. This was probably 30 of the best Stephen King-related bucks I've ever spent. That's not to say THE best, but it's pretty far up there.
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I am a huge Stephen King fan and bought this primarily for that reason, but lest you think I'm fan shallow, allow me to say that it is the music that makes this play so wonderful, that and the combination of the wonderful vocals. I listened to this at night, alone in my kitchen, and though I wasn't afraid during the listening, like all good ghost stories that get under your skin, you tend to be a little jumpy afterward, and I was. The reason this was not given five stars: the CD doesn't follow the book. The play is not entirely voiced, just the beginnings and ends between the songs, and I spent a good 20 minutes confused, flipping back and forth among the pages, trying to follow along. The second CD just has the songs, rather like a soundtrack from a movie. The third disc is a DVD about the making of the play, which, alas, did not interest me in the least. I'm curious to hear what the live version that is supposed to be on tour soon will be like.
This is a really interesting item for Stephen King or John Mellencamp fans.

Package contains a DVD with behind the scenes stuff, mainly interviews with King, Mellencamp, and T Bone Burnett, who did a lot of the music.

There is a CD, with a lot of great guest artists, including Sheryl Crow and Neko Case. Songs are beautiful and well crafted and feel very Southern Gothic.

You also get a written copy of the play itself, which tells of two feuding brothers and the violent consequences of their actions.

Well worth a look, especially for fans of the principals involved.
Avid Stephen King fan eager to experience Mr. King's talent expressed in a musical. The only disappointment was i thought the show might be included in the package, not just the music and interviews. Saw the show a month later and realized how diminished the production would have been if shown on DVD. Loved the live show. Love the music. Anyone who believes they're a King fan will not have a complete collection without "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County". Also a 'must see'!
We thoroughly enjoyed the CD's to Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. I liked that you had the "Script" that followed the CDs. The behind the scenes cd was pretty cool too. I just wish they had a DVD of the play as well. I would recommend this to my friends. John Mellencamp, Stephen King, and T Bone Burnett what an amazing combination!
Or should I say..."his number one fan." Bwaahahahaha
I love anything by Stephen King so I jumped at the chance to own this collection. I will admit that I was a little disappointed at first. I thought this was going to include the actual production version of the musical but, my bad for not fully reading the description. What you do get is some great interviews and behind the scenes on the DVD, the libretto (which I now know to mean the written play, stage direction and all, in case you want to see it in your head rather than on stage), and all the recorded songs on the CD's.
I love that Stephen has done something different, again, and we get to be a part of it but I think this set will mean more to me after I have actually watched the play on stage. This seems like something one would use to remind them of the wonderful time they had watching the real thing, not a replacement for going to the theater.
It's all (mostly) about the CD. A couple of great songs (Taj). T-Bone makes all the music darker, deeper and better. deluxe edition gives a deeper understanding of the whole project. With King, Mellencamp and especially T-Bone, the 3 star material becomes 4 1/2 stars.
There is a lot to absorb. There is the music, the partial recorded dialogue, and the full book. I don't believe the recorded dialogue is necessarily in order, and, if it is, there a big chunks missing, so it is hard to follow the story. To get the full affect, you would have to go through each aspect. I haven't done that yet, but I really enjoyed the music. I only partially listened to the dialogue, but it was good as well.