Groove Interrupted

Groove Interrupted

Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans

Book - 2011
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The recent history of New Orleans is fraught with tragedy and triumph. Both are reflected in the city's vibrant, idiosyncratic music community. In Keith Spera's intimately reported Groove Interrupted , Aaron Neville returns to New Orleans for the first time after Hurricane Katrina to bury his wife. Fats Domino improbably rambles around Manhattan to promote a post-Katrina tribute CD. Alex Chilton lives anonymously in a battered cottage in the Treme neighborhood. Platinum-selling rapper Mystikal rekindles his career after six years in prison. Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard struggles to translate Katrina into music. The spotlight also shines on Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Gatemouth Brown, the Rebirth Brass Band, Phil Anselmo, Juvenile, Jeremy Davenport and the 2006 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. With heartache, hope, humor and resolve, each of these contemporary narratives stands on its own. Together, they convey that the funky, syncopated spirit of New Orleans music is unbreakable, in spite of Katrina's interruption.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312552251
Branch Call Number: 780.922 Spera 2011
Characteristics: x, 260 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 08, 2014

The better book on the subject of New Orleans musicians in post Katrina times is New Atlantis by John Swenson. Sometimes an author is too passionate and close to it's subject. And it's the editor's and/or publishers job to steer the writer in a fluid direction for the sake of reader's and storyline. They failed with this book. Why is Glen Andrew's on the cover without his signature red trombone yet he nor his famous musician family has a chapter? The author rambles about certain people dying shortly after Katrina yet they were critically ill prior to the storm which only hastened their deaths by possibly a few weeks. Keith Spera: follow your heart and write biographies or compilations about the musicians, don't let the damn publishers tell you there is still a market for Katrina stories.


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