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John McCutcheon Continues Master Storytelling Career With ‘Flowers For Sarajevo’

John McCutcheon recently released, "Flowers for Sarajevo," a book and album that reflect his similar response to violence.
John McCutcheon recently released, "Flowers for Sarajevo," a book and album that reflect his similar response to violence.
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Atlanta’s John McCutcheon is a highly acclaimed musician, songwriter and author. Above his desk hangs this quote by Leonard Bernstein, a response from  the conductor to the death of President Kennedy: “This will be our response to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”

McCutcheon recently released, “Flowers for Sarajevo,” a book and album that reflect his similar response to violence.

Based on a true story, the book is in the perspective of a young boy during the Bosnian war. He finds inspiration and resilience from a cellist, who plays music in the center of a bombsite that killed 22 people.

Authoring a book for kids is a natural progression for McCutcheon. He has released several children’s albums, and from his work for families or for adults, he is a prolific storyteller. He also is releasing his 39th album this year called “Ghost Light.”

McCutcheon performs in Atlanta Eddie’s Attic Friday at 7 p.m.