Joe Jackson

The Man, The Myth, The Books

Selected Works

Biography
"An astonishingly rich saga . . . Jackson's biography works to represent 'the flesh-and-blood wicasa wakan' (holy man) . . . We see Black Elk balancing tradition and modernity, with fleeting but vivid scenes of him on a ferris wheel and in a movie house. We hear of struggles within subsequent generations over his legacy and Lakota identity more generally. Jackson succeeds in interweaving the secular and the spiritual to the point that the non-native reader can experience Harney Peak in the Black Hills . . . as what [Black Elk] knew it to be: the centre of the world." ―Christine Bold, The Times Literary Supplement
Nonfiction
"A penetrating evaluation of Lindbergh's triumph set against the backdrop of the hero-worshipping Twenties. Painstakingly researched, Jackson's balanced work is a singular contribution to the history of flight in general and to Lindbergh historiography in particular. Highly recommended." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"An exhilarating narrative, sweeping us through great discoveries and international rivalries.... Here is the drama of the scientist made real." -- Jenny Uglow, author of The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World
"A tragic yet triumphant book about the limits of humanity and human endurance."
--Publishers Weekly
"Leavenworth Train is an express ride into one man's nightmare and redemption."
--American History
Fiction
"A frog-coughing, spider-barking, toad-strangling jim-dandy of a road novel."
--The Orlando Sentinel
Nonfiction; True Crime
"A gripping tale of a death-row inmate's life and eventual death in the Virginia prison system . . . [and]an intriguing, sometimes darkly comic, saga of the escape of death-row inmates who became known as the 'Mecklenberg Six.' Readers looking for a true-crime story that reaches for broader themes, such as THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG, will find one in DEAD RUN. -- The Orlando Sentinel

Events

Fiddles and Death Row merge in a CD event never before seen on this Website!!!


In 1999-2000, my first book, Dead Run: The Shocking Story of Dennis Stockton and Life on Death Row in America, was optioned by HBO for a movie. Unfortunately, the option was dropped the next year when HBO changed management, but the best part of that experience still survives--a proposed soundtrack of haunting folk music composed and performed on viola by Cliff Self, the blind fiddling genius of Port Townsend, Washington. Now, for a nominal fee, this original mountain music can be yours! Tap your foot to "Stockton's Lament." Shudder to "The Last Mile." Just contact me through my e-mail, or contact the mad fiddler Self directly at cliff@​cablespeed.com. Either way, this Roots Music Extravaganza will soon be yours!