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Up from the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II
"Up from the Cradle of Jazz" is an intimate history of New Orleans music during the last 45 years. It describes the piano playing of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Huey "Piano" Smith and Dr John; the singing of Irma Thomas, Little Richard, Aaron Neville and Lee Dorsey; the compositions and performances of Allen Toussaint, Guitar Slim, Wynton and Branford Ma ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette
(first published January 1986)
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Great and thorough history of music in New Orleans focusing from rise of R&B to seventies revival. Deals with everything from 80s to post-Katrina in two chapters at end, but solid chapters. It can read like a companion piece to a non-existent documentary and bogs down in places. Best when dealing with well-known names. This is for the informed music fan and not causal reader. See my full review at http://www.myyearofmardigras.com/2013...