Leadbelly – “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”

LeadBelly300The great Leadbelly, with one of his classic sides that helped define American music in the 20th century and beyond. Over his own distinctive, relaxed guitar accompaniment, Leadbelly’s vocal on this recording is simply magnificent. Widely revered by music fans and covered by blues scholars, “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” was also sung by Kurt Cobain on Nirvana’s Unplugged album.

Bill Cox – “Midnight Special”

Covered by many, yet understood by few, “Midnight Special” was traditionally a folk song which originated among prisoners. The country-blues version, sung by Bill Cox, hums along like a freight train, encouraging the light of the powerful locomotive to inspire those out of their destitution.

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – Free Public Domain eBook

Mary_ShelleyMary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, written in epistolary form, is about Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who seems discontent and achieves satisfaction by exploring the supernatural realm in a village near Gevena. The creation of his “monster” comes about because of his unchecked intellectual ambition. His experiment gets out of hand and his reaction to this man-made “monster’s” desire for companionship makes for a fantastic read. This thesis has been the basis for several films. The struggles between Dr. Frankenstein and the “monster” he created are fascinating.

This work can be found for FREE at Project Gutenberg.

A FREE version of the audio book can be found here.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – Free Public Domain eBook

dumasWritten in 1844 by Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, this book is a literary classic. Set in 1815-1838 in France, Italy, and parts of the Mediterranean, this true adventure novel focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned. The protagonist escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment.

You can find it for FREE at Project Gutenberg.