New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans

New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans

John Swenson


At its so much intimate point, song heals our emotional wounds and evokes us. At its so much public, it unites humans throughout cultural barriers. yet can it rebuild a urban? that is the relevant query posed in New Atlantis, journalist John Swenson's fantastically specified account of the musical artists operating to save lots of America's such a lot colourful and city: New Orleans.
the town has been threatened with extinction repeatedly in the course of its three-hundred-plus-year heritage via hearth, pestilence, crime, flood, and oil spills. operating for little funds and regardless of having misplaced their very own houses and possessions to Katrina, New Orleans's so much proficient musicians--including such figures as Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, "Trombone Shorty," and massive leader Monk Boudreaux--are scuffling with again opposed to a tidal wave of difficulties: the depletion of the wetlands south of the town (which are disappearing on the expense of 1 acre each hour), the violence that has made New Orleans the homicide capitol of the united states, the waning tourism undefined, and specifically the continued calamity within the wake of storm Katrina (or, because it is understood in New Orleans, the "Federal Flood"). certainly, lots of the neighborhoods that nurtured the indigenous track of latest Orleans have been destroyed within the flood, and lots of of the elder statesmen have died or been incapacitated seeing that then, however the musicians profiled right here have stepped as much as fill their roles. New Atlantis is their tale.
full of indelible snap shots of person artists, expert via Swenson's encyclopedic wisdom of the city's special and sundry track scene--which contains jazz, R&B, brass band, rock, and hip hop--New Atlantis is a stirring chronicle of the valiant efforts to maintain the tradition that provides New Orleans its grace and magic.

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