Song for My Fathers

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Other Press, Apr 20, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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 Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a
consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging
black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era.
Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local
obscurity until Preservation Hall launched a nationwide revival of
interest in traditional jazz. They called themselves “the mens.” And
they welcomed the young apprentice into their ranks.
   The boy was introduced into this remarkable fellowship by his
father, an eccentric Southern liberal and failed novelist whose powerful
articles on race had made him one of the most effective polemicists
of the early Civil Rights movement. Nurtured on his father’s belief in
racial equality, the aspiring clarinetist embraced the old musicians
with a boundless love and admiration. The narrative unfolds against
the vivid backdrop of New Orleans in the 1950s and ‘60s. But that
magical place is more than decor; it is perhaps the central player, for
this story could not have taken place in any other city in the world.

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SONG FOR MY FATHERS: A New Orleans Story in Black and White

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A former bureau chief for Time and a certified jazz freak from adolescence onward tells his sweet coming-of-age story in pre-Katrina New Orleans when "the mens" (as the black jazz masters called one ... Read full review

Song for my fathers: a New Orleans story in black and white

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A memoir in the truest sense of the word, this is the story of a young white boy discovering life at its most meaningful and bittersweet. Sancton,Time magazine's Paris bureau chief, grew up in 1950s ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Tom Sancton graduated from Harvard in 1971 and attended Oxford as a
Rhodes scholar. He is a former senior editor for Time and a contributor to such
publications as Vanity Fair, Fortune, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal.
He coauthored the international best seller Death of a Princess: The
Investigation and authored the novel The Armageddon Project. A jazz performer
in his own right, Sancton has toured extensively in Europe and has recorded
more than a dozen albums, appearing alongside Woody Allen in the feature
film Wild Man Blues. In 2007, Sancton was named Andrew W. Mellon Professor in
the Humanities at Tulane University, where he continues to teach advanced
courses in creative writing.

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