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Pop Music, Culture and Identity

New Orleans Rhythm and Blues After Katrina

Music, Magic and Myth

Authors: Urban, Michael

  • Uses interviews with members of New Orlean's musical infrastructure
  • Shows Hurricane Katrina as a turning point in the history of New Orleans rhythm and blues
  • Reveals the 
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Music, magic and myth are elements essential to the identities of New Orleans musicians. The city's singular contributions to popular music around the world have been unrivaled; performing this music authentically requires collective improvisation, taking performers on sonorous sojourns in unanticipated, 'magical' moments; and membership in the city's musical community entails participation in the myth of New Orleans, breathing new life into its storied traditions. On the basis of 56 open-ended interviews with those in the city's musical community, Michael Urban discovers that, indeed, community is what it is all about. In their own words, informants explain that commercial concerns are eclipsed by the pleasure of playing in 'one big band' that disassembles daily into smaller performing units whose rosters are fluid, such that, over time, 'everybody plays with everybody'. Although Hurricane Katrina nearly terminated the city, New Orleans and its music—in no small part due to the sacrifices and labors of its musicians—have come back even stronger. Dancing to their own drum, New Orleanians again prove themselves to be admirably out of step with the rest of America.

About the authors

Michael Urban is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. Although his career has focused on the study of Russian politics—yielding titles such as The Rebirth of Politics in Russia (1997) and Cultures of Power in Post-Communist Russia (2010) — it has also included space for the study of music and community — as in Russia Gets the Blues: Music, Culture and Community in Unsettled Times (2004) — which is extended with the present volume.

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eBook $69.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-56574-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-56772-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Orleans Rhythm and Blues After Katrina
Book Subtitle
Music, Magic and Myth
Authors
Series Title
Pop Music, Culture and Identity
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56575-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-56575-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56574-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-56772-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 181
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