In the stories people tell about him he sounds like a character out of a Charles Portis novel: a whiskey-sipping, guitar-toting, inspirational and profane “bootleg preacher” who kicked it with country musicians, civil rights leaders, and Klansmen. Reverend Will D. Campbell was an iconoclastic Baptist minister from Amite County, Mississippi, an accomplished author and activist for the socially condemned. He died on June 3 due to complications from a stroke that he suffered in 2011. He was 88.
THE OA is proud to showcase an exclusive glimpse into Scott McClanahan's forthcoming book, CRAPALACHIA: A BIOGRAPHY OF A PLACE, a Two Dollar Radio title due to be released on March 19th. Our serial previews will be posted in monthly installments leading up to the book's publication! Click here for our interview with McClanahan. Pre-orders of CRAPALACHIA are available now.