In New Orleans, music screams. It honks. It blats. It wails. It purrs. It messes with time. It messes with pitch. It messes with your feet. It messes with your head. One musician leads to ather; traditions overlap, intertwine, urish each other; and everyone seems to kw everyone else. From traditional jazz through rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll to sissy bounce, in second-line parades, from the streets to clubs and festivals, the music seems unending. In Talking New Orleans Music, author Burt Feintuch has pursued a decades-long fascination with the music of this singular city. Thinking about the devastation--t only material but also cultural--caused by the levees breaking in 2005, he began a series of conversations with master New Orleans musicians, talking about their lives, the cultural contexts of their music, their experiences during and after Katrina, and their city. Photographer Gary Samson joined him, adding a compelling visual dimension to the book. Here you will find intimate and revealing interviews with eleven of the city's most celebrated musicians and culture-bearers--Soul Queen Irma Thomas, Walter Wolfman Washington, Charmaine Neville, John Boutte, Dr. Michael White, Deacon John Moore, Cajun bandleader Bruce Daigrepont, Zion Harmonizer Brazella Briscoe, producer Scott Billington, as well as Christie Jourdain and Janine Waters of the Original Pinettes, New Orleans's only all-woman brass band. Feintuch's interviews and Samson's sixty-five color photographs create a powerful portrait of an American place like other and its worlds of music.
Burt Feintuch, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has written about roots music, regional cultures, and music revivals in North America and abroad since the 1970s, along with producing documentary sound recordings. An academic and a musician, he directs the Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire. |Gary Samson, Concord, New Hampshire, is an accomplished fine arts photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally. He chairs the Department of Photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.