Glen Campbell’s Galveston: politics of nostalgia echo amid faded grandeur

After the singer’s passing – and amid calls to ‘make America great again’ – the Texas town’s entwining of death, destruction and the seaside remains poignant

Glen Campbell scored a huge hit with the song Galveston in 1969, yet he did not play a gig in the Texas town that inspired the song until 2004. Or so it was thought.

Maureen Patton arranged for the country-pop great to perform at the Grand 1894 Opera House 13 years ago and picked him up from his hotel.

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