Frye Gaillard has been writing about the South for going on 50 years. In SouthBound's home base of Charlotte, he was a legendary feature writer for the Charlotte Observer. But he’s best known for his books, which range from a study of school integration to a biography of Jimmy Carter.
Now, Gaillard has written a book called “A Hard Rain." In it, he looks at the 1960s at least partly through his own life as a young man growing up in Alabama and going to college at Vanderbilt as the country swirled around him. Through hard work and a little luck, Frye got to see many of the important people and events of the '60s up close.
He has spent his whole life thinking about that time, especially through the filter of the South. It's all poured into this book.
- Gaillard's website
- The Amazon page for "A Hard Rain"
- A listing of his other books
- A nice profile from Mobile Bay magazine
Other music in this episode:
- Blue Dot Sessions, "Jog To the Water"
- El Kura, "Southern Ghosts"