- By John Swenson

New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans

  • Title: New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans
  • Author: John Swenson
  • ISBN: 9780199754526
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • New Atlantis Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans At its most intimate level music heals our emotional wounds and inspires us At its most public it unites people across cultural boundaries But can it rebuild a city That s the central question posed

    At its most intimate level, music heals our emotional wounds and inspires us At its most public, it unites people across cultural boundaries But can it rebuild a city That s the central question posed in New Atlantis, journalist John Swenson s beautifully detailed account of the musical artists working to save America s most colorful and troubled metropolis New OrleansAt its most intimate level, music heals our emotional wounds and inspires us At its most public, it unites people across cultural boundaries But can it rebuild a city That s the central question posed in New Atlantis, journalist John Swenson s beautifully detailed account of the musical artists working to save America s most colorful and troubled metropolis New Orleans The city has been threatened with extinction many times during its three hundred plus year history by fire, pestilence, crime, flood, and oil spills Working for little money and in spite of having lost their own homes and possessions to Katrina, New Orleans s most gifted musicians including such figures as Dr John, the Neville Brothers, Trombone Shorty, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux are fighting back against a tidal wave of problems the depletion of the wetlands south of the city which are disappearing at the rate of one acre every hour , the violence that has made New Orleans the murder capitol of the U.S the waning tourism industry, and above all the continuing calamity in the wake of Hurricane Katrina or, as it is known in New Orleans, the Federal Flood Indeed, most of the neighborhoods that nurtured the indigenous music of New Orleans were destroyed in the flood, and many of the elder statesmen have died or been incapacitated since then, but the musicians profiled here have stepped up to fill their roles New Atlantis is their story Packed with indelible portraits of individual artists, informed by Swenson s encyclopedic knowledge of the city s unique and varied music scene which includes jazz, RB, brass band, rock, and hip hop New Atlantis is a stirring chronicle of the valiant efforts to preserve the culture that gives New Orleans its grace and magic.

    1 thought on “New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans

    1. An encyclopedic, yet deeply personal catalog of the local New Orleans musicians and their efforts to restore their music culture in their home city.Some names are very familar, like Dr. John, Irma Thomas, the Neville family, and Harry Connick, Jr. These are people we immediately associate with New Orleans. Others I was not aware of, yet from the stories and chronicles of concerts and collaborations, I see that there are layers and layers of musicians in this city which is a family.It also explai [...]

    2. This was a great book that really educated me about New Orleans and the struggle to save the culture following Katrina. More than anything else the book exposed me to musicians that I hadn't really given much attention to and now enjoy on a whole other level. John Swenson does a great job revealing the heart and soul of these musicians and the spirit of a magical and special city. Dr. John, Anders Osborne, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Paul Sanchez, The Radiators, Trombone Shorty, Glen David Andr [...]

    3. A must-read for anyone interested in post-Katrina New Orleans an its music; also, a must-read for TREME fans of that even needs to be said. I have added about 20 items to my download queue thanks to Swenson's wide music coverage net, and I can't wait to hit the Crescent City in August.

    4. This book about musicians in NOLA after Katrina was a quick and interesting read. This is an issue that is close to my hesrt and I was happy to see a book addressing it.

    5. If you like New Orleans music, you will love this book! Interesting ready about how so so so many of NOLA's musicians fared and came back after the Federal Flood.

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