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4 edition of Why New Orleans Matters found in the catalog.

Why New Orleans Matters

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Published by HarperCollins in New York .
Written in English


The Physical Object
FormatElectronic resource
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24278119M
ISBN 109780061135651, 9780061756207, 9780061135644

When I finally did visit for the first time, almost twenty years ago, years before I moved there, I began to see that the music I loved was just one facet of a kind of unified field of culture, of being. In Why New Orleans Matters, first published only months after the disaster, award-winning author and longtime New Orleans resident Tom Piazza illuminates the storied culture and still-evolving future of this great and vital American metropolis. You sensed it as soon as you entered the city. The air smelled different; it felt different, heavier, on your arms, more like a liquid than like air.

And of course the band is also watching the dancers, and getting ideas from the dancers' gestures. The streets were lined with wooden frame houses, apparently unpainted, and little shops and bars whose roofs stretched out over the sidewalks and seemed to lean a little to one side, casting deep shadows, with names like Luthjen's, Big 25, Mama Lou's. They often held their instruments with a little flair, at a certain angle, never as if an afterthought or an appendage, but somehow as the point of their presence there. New Orleans wasn't something I was able to brush off lightly, and I went back every chance I got.

You sensed it as soon as you entered the city. Yet the passing of that moment has left too many questions. How would this city and its people recover—and what meaning would its story have, for America and the world? It was cheaper than New York, and I wanted to be writing fiction rather than scrambling just to make rent money, and I had always wanted to live there anyway. I thought, in the end, the book was laid out beautifully. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be "compact.


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Published just months after the storm, Why New Orleans Matters was immediately hailed as a passionate and eloquent celebration of the city as both a cultural center and a home to millions of residents from varied--and sometimes precarious--walks of life. What is it about the spirit of the people who live there that could produce a music, a cuisine, an architecture, a total environment, the mere mention of which can bring a Why New Orleans Matters book to the face of someone who has never even set foot there?

When I finally did visit for the first time, almost twenty years ago, years before I moved there, I began to see that the music Why New Orleans Matters book loved was just one facet of a kind of unified field of culture, of being. Today, of course, images are reproduced digitally ad infinitum, and we are drowning in them; they have in many ways lost their value, even become part of the problem -- a logjam, a glut of disconnected information.

He writes, too, of the city's deep undercurrents of corruption, racism, and injustice, and of how its people Why New Orleans Matters book and transcend those conditions. And, perhaps most important, he asks us all to consider the spirit of this place and all the things it has shared with the world--grace and beauty, resilience and soul.

Most helpful negative review Average rating:2out of5stars, based onreviews A short book, written All types of music permeate events such as births, marriages, and even funerals - especially funerals which start out somber but eventually evolve into dance parties celebrating the life of the departed.

Whoever had held onto them had wanted them to endure. They are two parts of the same thing. How would this city and its people recover--and what meaning would its story have, for America and the world?

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John, once told me that when a brass band plays at a small club back up in one of the neighborhoods, it's as if the audience--dancing, singing to the refrains, laughing--is part of the band. By now, I've absorbed most of what the author was talking about, as I would assume most people with any interest in the future of New Orleans have as well.

But then the book grew on me and I really started to get the feel for the New Orleans that he felt. In the preface to this new edition, Piazza considers how far the city has come in the decade since Katrina, as well as the challenges it still faces—and reminds us that people in threatened communities across America have much to learn from New Orleans' disaster and astonishing recovery.

Music New Orleans is regarded as the birthplace of Jazz. It must be a great joy to love a city so much. See our disclaimer Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, revisit Tom Piazza s award-winning appraisal of a city in crisis with a new afterword placing the story of New Orleans in the context of the ongoing threat to America s coastal populations.

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