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A Prairie Home Commonplace Book

(1999)
25 Years On the Air with Garrison Keillor
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On July 6, 1974, about twelve Minnesotans filed into an auditorium in St. Paul to watch the first live Saturday afternoon broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. The host and writer, Garrison Keillor, came out in a white suit and hat and sang the theme song, "Look who's coming through that door, I think we've met somewhere before," accompanied by the twin guitars of his pals Bill Hinkley and Judy Larson. And so began one of the longer runs in radio.

The show's inspiration was an assignment by The New Yorker to cover the last performance of the Grand Ole Opry in Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in March of that year: "I stood in the wings at Ryman, behind the rope rigging, and watched the musicians onstage and listened to the pickers in the stairwell and out by the Opry's backdoor and I thought, 'A person could do this.' I went back to St. Paul, wrote the piece, talked to Bill Kling at Minnesota Public Radio, and we started 'Prairie Home.'"

Almost a thousand broadcasts later (and tours to forty-four states, Canada, and Great Britain), the show is heard every Saturday night by over 3 million listeners across the US.

For fans of Prairie Home Companion, the Commonplace Book contains a selection of scripts, songs, poems, monologues and photographs of the show and many of its regular performers. Guy Noir is here, Dusty and Lefty, Bob the Young Artist, Gloria, plus duct tape, rhubarb pie, a drama about dying flies and another about ants, an ode to plumbers, limericks, Peter Ostroushko's recipe for borscht, and a tale about a warm spring Sunday in Lake Wobegon when the organist stepped on a bass pedal during a sermon on Job. Learn how guests are booked, how the stage is set, what Tom Keith uses to make his sound effects, how the audio engineers work. And who selects the greetings that are read on the air. PLUS The New Yorker story that inspired the show (its first appearance in book form).



Used availability for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Commonplace Book

Hardback Editions

August 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Prairie Home Companion Commonplace Book: 25 Years on the Air with Garrison Keillor
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-56511-345-4 / 978-1-56511-345-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Company
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Paperback Editions

August 1999 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: APHC Common Book: 25 Years on the Air
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-56511-291-1 / 978-1-56511-291-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge
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Audio Editions

August 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Prairie Home Companion: Live from the Hollywood Bowl
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ISBN: 1-68168-740-2 / 978-1-68168-740-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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July 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Prairie Home Companion: The 3rd Annual Farewell Performance (Prairie Home Companion (Audio))
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-603-1 / 978-1-59887-603-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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July 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Prairie Home Companion: The 4th Annual Farewell Performance (Prairie Home Companion (Audio))
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-604-X / 978-1-59887-604-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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May 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Prairie Home Companion: Tourists
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-605-8 / 978-1-59887-605-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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March 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: English Majors: A Comedy Collection for the Highly Literate (Prairie Home Companion (Audio))
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-588-4 / 978-1-59887-588-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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April 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hope (More News from Lake Wobegon) (Prairie Home Companion (Audio))
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-607-4 / 978-1-59887-607-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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April 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: More News from Lake Wobegon: Faith (Prairie Home Companion (Audio))
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-606-6 / 978-1-59887-606-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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April 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Never Better: Stories from Lake Wobegon
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-094-7 / 978-1-59887-094-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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July 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Prairie Home Companion: The 2nd Annual Farewell Performance (Prairie Home Companion (Audio))
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-602-3 / 978-1-59887-602-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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May 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Prairie Home Companion Anniversary Album: The First Five Years (Prairie Home Companion (Audio))
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-600-7 / 978-1-59887-600-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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April 2008 : Audio CD
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Title: More News from Lake Wobegon: Faith
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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May 1999 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Prairie Home Companion 25th Anniversary Collection
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-56511-325-X / 978-1-56511-325-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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May 1999 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: A Prairie Home Companion 25th Anniversary Collection
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-56511-324-1 / 978-1-56511-324-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
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October 1991 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: More News from Lake Wobegon Hope
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-942110-76-5 / 978-0-942110-76-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
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May 1994 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: More News from Lake Wobegon: Faith
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-942110-75-7 / 978-0-942110-75-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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July 1991 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: APHC 10 Anniv Show: July 6-7 1984 (Prairie Home Companion)
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-942110-07-2 / 978-0-942110-07-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
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September 1990 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Aphc 4th Final Perform: The Fourth Annual Farewell Performance (Prairie Home Companion)
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-942110-44-7 / 978-0-942110-44-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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September 1989 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Aphc 3rd Final Performance: Third Annual Farewell Performance (Prairie Home Companion)
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-942110-32-3 / 978-0-942110-32-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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