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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Aaron Nevilles Hardest Homecoming
Quint Davis and the 2006 Jazz Fest Revival
Allen Toussaint Comes Alive
Terence Blanchard and a Muse Named Katrina
Alex Chilton Undercover
Jeremy Davenport Makes a Record
Mystikal Versus Michael Tyler
To Hell and Back with Phil Anselmo
Pete Fountain
Bouncing with Juvenile
Rebirth Now and Forever

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About the author (2011)

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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