Two things are certain: Katrina is sure to be satirized as villainess, bimbo, or symbol of mythological flood, and political leaders at all levels will undoubtedly be taken to task. The authors argue that the return of Mardi Gras will be a powerful symbol of the region's return to vitality and its ability to express and celebrate itself.
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It is a furious, blues-tinged, erudite hymn to our greatest vernacular city. Read it and weep; read it and rejoice!
Will the bon temps ever roulette again? I took for granted many of the things in this book as I experienced them every day. As residents, we never imagined a day when we would be called on to plead for recognition of our worth to our city.
But, like the old folks said: 'It goes to show, you never can tell. The information in this historic work is much needed by those who are rebuilding New Orleans. I thank the authors for their deep and clear insight on New Orleans culture and what goes into making an artistic American city. In the land of dreamy dreams, where order is a doubloon's throw from disorder, and paradox reigns with pleasure, the carnival spirit has always held New Orleans together even when its civic culture seemed broken beyond repair.
Blues for New Orleans is more than a study of Mardi Gras' origins in the polyglot order of Atlantic World Creoles; it is a wonderful meditation on what it would mean to lose New Orleans. Powell, author of Troubled Memory and other works on Louisiana. As a battle cry for summoning up our collective will to save our Creole city, " Blues for New Orleans is clear and strong.
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A running gag throughout the show is his ability to sweet talk rides from taxi drivers who will never get their fares.
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He even has the temerity to correct bass legend Ron Carter during a recording session. Guests from the wider music world, from Elvis Costello to John Hiatt, drop in to add to the fun, but they are largely superfluous. New Orleans may need saving, but what is to be saved cannot be effectively exported, placing the outcome in doubt from the start. How to convince a nation to care about a local culture, no matter how significant?
There we found what looked like the aftermath of a war zone. On Bartholomew Street near the new Musician Village, the owner of one home, in Big Chief Lambreaux fashion, was putting his house back together from the inside out on his own, determined not to be defeated by the disaster. He had done more than this, however. The interior has since become something of an informal music shrine.