A battered and broken homemade violin, discovered at a Mojave Desert swap meet, was to provide an insight into the life of Billy “Kid” Fraser. Born on the planks of San Francisco wharf, he was to grow up in a hard luck family ever in pursuit of “the next big thing.” They were “tramp miners” in search of a golden dream, but more often than not coming up empty handed. Yet they carried on, eventually settling in Eureka, Nevada, a town that surprisingly had an Opera House, which still stands today. Kid fancied himself a desperado, yet was drawn to life as a musician. Ultimately, music saved the day as Kid recruited international opera star Mignon Nevada to grace his town’s Opera House with what may have been one of the best performances of her career.
- Categories: California: Central and Northern, California: General, Deserts: California and Southwest, History/Lore/Native Americans, Local Authors, United States: Western.
- Format: Softcover
- Pages: 152
- Dimensions: 7 x 9
- ISBN: 9781941384497
- Year Published: 2019
- Language: English
- Publisher: Sunbelt Publications, Inc.
The Outlaw’s Violin
Or Farewell, Old West
Author: Nicholas Clapp
About the Author
Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author Nicholas Clapp has studied, filmed, and written the deserts of the world. With a master's degree in cinema from the University of Southern California, his first professional break came when he produced and directed The Great Mojave Desert, a one-hour special for CBS and the National Geographic Society. He has won over 70 major film awards for his documentary work.
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