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General Information

Name:  June Sawyers  

Pen Name: June Skinner Sawyers

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1957 in Glasgow, Scotland

-- June Sawyers on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Sawyers lives in Chicago and is an adjunct lecturer in the humanities at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born June Sawers, June Skinner Sawyers is an editor, author and lecturer of Celtic Music, popular and regional histories and culture. She has written or edited more than twenty books and has also written an ebook, ''Workingman: The Faith-Based Politics of Bruce Springsteen, Now and Then Reader''.

Published Works

  • Chicago Portraits: Biographies of 250 Famous Chicagoans, Wild Onion Books, 1991
  • The Chicagoart's Guide, Chicago Review Press, 1993
  • Famous Firsts of Scottish-Americans, Pelican Publishing Company, 1996
  • Chicago Sketches: Urban Tales, Stories, and Legends from Chicago History, Loyola Pr, 1996
  • The Scots of Chicago: Quiet Immigrants and Their New Society, Kendall Hunt, 1997
  • Maverick Guide to Scotland, Pelican Publishing Company, 1999
  • Quiet Moments With Patrick and the Celtic Saints: 120 Daily Readings, Servant Publications, 1999
  • The Greenwich Village Reader: Fiction, Poetry, and Reminiscences, 1872-2002, Cooper Square Press, 2001
  • Celtic Music: A Complete Guide, Da Capo Press, 2001
  • Praying with Celtic Saints, Prophets, Martyrs, and Poets, Sheed & Ward, 2001
  • The Road North: 300 Years of Classic Scottish Travel Writing, Neil Wilson Publishing, 2001
  • Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader, Penguin, 2004
  • The Best in Rock Fiction, Hal Leonard, 2004
  • Dreams Of Elsewhere: The Selected Travel Writings Of Robert Louis Stevenson, Neil Wilson Pub Ltd, 2005
  • The Scottish Bed & Breakfast Book: Country and Tourist Homes, Farms, Guesthouse, Inns, Pelican Publishing Company, 2005
  • Tougher Than The Rest - 100 Best Bruce Springsteen, Omnibus Press, 2006
  • Read the Beatles: Classic and New Writings on the Beatles, Their Legacy, and Why They Still Matter, Penguin, 2006
  • The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Little Bookroom, 2008
  • Bruce Springsteen: Halfway to Heaven & Just a Mile Out of Hell, Metro Books, 2009
  • Bob Dylan: New York, Roaring Fourties Press, 2011
  • Chicago Portraits: New Edition, Northwestern University Press, 2012
  • Bearing the People Away: The Portable Highland Clearances Companion, Cape Breton University Press, 2013
  • Cabaret FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about the Broadway and Cinema Classic, Applause Books, forthcoming

Selected Titles At Your Library

Chicago portraits :
ISBN: 0829407014. OCLC Number:

Loyola University Press,. Chicago :. ©1991.

A collection of biographies by writer June Skinner Sawyers that chronicle the lives of 250 people who have had a major influence on the history of Chicago.

The ChicagoArts guide /
ISBN: 1556521626. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. 1993.

Famous firsts of Scottish-Americans /
ISBN: 1565541227. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. 1997.

Focuses on notable Scottish-Americans who have helped shape American destiny, including contributors in the fields of politics, sports, and the arts.

Chicago sketches :
ISBN: 0829408193. OCLC Number:

Wild Onion Books,. Chicago :. ©1995.

" ... A collection of seventy-two essays ... offers a wide ranging glimpse of the people and events that have shaped Chicago's rich past."

Maverick guide to Scotland /
ISBN: 1565542274. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. 1999.

Quiet moments with Patrick and the Celtic saints :
ISBN: 1569551375. OCLC Number:

Charis Books,. Ann Arbor, Mich. :. ©1999.

The complete guide to Celtic music :
ISBN: 1559725001. OCLC Number:

Carol Pub. Group,. Secaucus, NJ :. 1999.

Celtic music :
ISBN: 0306810077. OCLC Number:

Da Capo Press,. [United States] :. 2001, c2000.

"Celtic music means many things to many people. To some it recalls the Irish rebel songs of the Clancy Brothers, to others the ensemble playing of the Chieftains or Enya's ethereal vocals. Yet Celtic music is much more than reels, jigs, and lamenting ballads. It is unaccompanied singing, feverish fiddle tunes, the haunting strains of a Highland bagpipe, and the sweet music of the uilleann pipes. It can be heard in the modern rock arrangements of U2, Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor, and Hothouse Flowers; beneath the fundamental chords of hillbilly and bluegrass music; and on the distinctive film soundtracks of Braveheart and Titanic. It comes not just from Ireland and Scotland, but also from Wales, Brittany, the Isle of Man, and Cornwall." "In the first guide to chart the history and influences of this musical tradition, Celtic Music explores its evolution from 12th-century bardic roots to the exciting developments on the contemporary scene. June Skinner Sawyers examines the music and dance styles fundamental to the Celtic tradition - reels, jigs, ballads, airs, and carols - as well as the unmistakable Celtic impact on quintessential American folk and rock musicians such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Woody Guthrie. She profiles hundreds of artists, and compiles suggestions for recommended listening, including "100 Essential Celtic Recordings." Packed also with lists of Celtic festivals and publications, record outlets, record labels, and music schools, Celtic Music is the essential primer for all lovers of the music."--Jacket.

Praying with Celtic saints, prophets, martyrs, and poets /
ISBN: 1580510949. OCLC Number:

Sheed & Ward,. Franklin, Wis. :. ©2001.

The road north :
ISBN: 1897784953. OCLC Number:

In Pinn,. Glasgow :. ©2000.

Racing in the street :
ISBN: 0142003549. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 2004.

The best in rock fiction /
ISBN: 0634080288. OCLC Number:

Hal Leonard,. Milwaukee, WI :. ©2005.

Contains a collection of twenty-one short stories and novel excerpts related to rock music, including selections by Ricky Moody, Don DeLillo, Nick Hornby, Tom Perrotta, T.C. Boyle, and others.

Dreams of elsewhere :
ISBN: 1903238692. OCLC Number:

In Pinn,. Glasgow :. ©2002.

A comprehensive and representative sampling of Stevenson's prolific travel output, including excerpts from his most famous travel books, travel essays and travel poetry, and includes some lesser-known works from US collections.

The Scottish bed & breakfast book :
ISBN: 1589802918. OCLC Number:

Pelican Pub. Co.,. Gretna, La. :. 2006.

Tougher than the rest :
ISBN: 0825634709. OCLC Number:

Omnibus Press :. London ;. ©2006.

Read the Beatles :
ISBN: 0143037323. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 2006.

"A must-have book for all Beatles fans--a career-spanning selection of writings about the fab four"--Page 4 of cover.

The civilized shopper's guide to Edinburgh & Glasgow /
ISBN: 1892145588. OCLC Number:

Little Bookroom,. New York :. ©2008.

Bob Dylan :
ISBN: 0984316590. OCLC Number:

Roaring Forties Press,. Berkeley, Calif. :. 2011.

Packed with information, savvy insights, and surprising facts, this guide to Dylan's years in New York City examines the role that the city played in the creation of his music, the evolution of his creative process, and the continual reinvention of his public persona. In the landscape of Manhattan, Dylan created words and sounds that redefined the possibilities of popular music throughout the world. Chronicling where he lived, worked, and played, this book offers an evocative portrait of the city, especially its folk scene during the 1960s. With street maps featuring more than 50 sites, from fleabag hotels and avant-garde clubs to tiny coffeehouses and vast concert halls, readers can navigate Bob Dylan's New York and experience the sites and sounds that influenced the singer, such as Café Wha?; the Chelsea Hotel; Columbia's Studio A, where he recorded songs such as “Desolation Row and “Positively 4th Street; the Decker Building, where he hung out with Andy Warhol and Nico; the Delmonico Hotel, where he introduced the Beatles to marijuana; and the Bitter End, where he spent much of the summer of 1975 playing pool and guitar.

Bruce Springsteen :
ISBN: 1435111877. OCLC Number:

Metro Books,. New York :. ©2009.

" ... June Skinner Sawyers traces Springsteen's development as a performer, from his days as a New Jersey teenager gigging at clubs and coffeehouses with the musicians who form his now legendary E Street Band to his transformation into an international icon who sells out stadium-sized arenas for weeks at a stretch. In addition to in-depth analyses of each album he has cut, this celebratory volume features hundreds of photographs that take you back to the most memorable moments of Bruce Springsteen's career, from his pick-up gigs at Asbury Park's Stone Pony and the phenomenal Born in the USA world tour to his campaign concerts for Barack Obama in 2008 and his stellar halftime performance at Super Bowl XLIII in 2009."

Chicago portraits /
ISBN: 0810126494. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. ©2012.

Bearing the people away :
ISBN: 1927492599. OCLC Number:

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"Part reference guide, part handbook, part travel guide and part resource in one portable volume, Bearing the People Away uses an encyclopedia format geared toward the general reader. The entries vary in length from brief sentences to several paragraphs. They include major Clearance sites, major and minor figures associated with the Clearances, Clearance-related sites outwith Scotland (significant parts of the Scottish Diaspora as Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand), places and historical events with Clearance and or Highland connections, and recordings, websites and relevant museums and organizations identified with the Highland Clearances."--From publisher's website.



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