Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans

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St. Martin's Press, Aug 2, 2011 - Music - 272 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Chapter
9
Aaron Nevilles Hardest Homecoming
27
Quint Davis and the 2006 Jazz Fest Revival
47
Allen Toussaint Comes Alive
75
Terence Blanchard and a Muse Named Katrina
108
Alex Chilton Undercover
124
Jeremy Davenport Makes a Record
146
Mystikal Versus Michael Tyler
172
To Hell and Back with Phil Anselmo
198
Pete Fountain
216
Bouncing with Juvenile
232
Rebirth Now and Forever
248
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KEITH SPERA writes about music for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. In 2006, he was a member of the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning Hurricane Katrina coverage team. He has also contributed to Rolling Stone, Vibe, Blender, LA Weekly, Garden & Gun and numerous documentaries. He lives in his native New Orleans with his wife and two young children.

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