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Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2006 by Other Press
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Glen
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a profound and moving adult love story, of a man for his father, his city, the music of that city, and the "mens" with whom he apprenticed in order to learn it. It is a story about race relations, about the human spirit, about family, about memory. It is written with a journalist's eye for detail but with a nice sense of proportion, rhythm, and timing that bespeaks the author's extensive and sophisticated tutelage at the proverbial feet of some of the great jazz musicians of New Orleans. ...more
Lil Mike
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: American Culture Buffs, Jazz Fans
Tom SanctonTom Sancton narrates the Other Press book "Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White". Set against the segregated backdrop of the 50's & 60's Jim Crow era, the book tells a remarkable story of a white kid in New Orleans learning life's lessons not only from his eccentric father but from the many old black jazzmen he befriends at Preservation Hall in the French Quarter. Characters like Sweet Emma and George Lewis, and places like Blandin's Funeral Home, Luthjen's ...more
Grace
Jun 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Sancton skirts around what could have been a fascinating story about race in the civil rights era in New Orleans (an already racially fascinating city) but never quite delves in.
Michelle
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Memoir of a white musician and his "apprenticeship" with black musicians while growing up in New Orleans. If you are interested in the city or its music, I would recommend it.
Ronn
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a lover of music, jazz especially, and classic jazz even more especially, this book spoke to me on many levels. Sancton, although largely either indifferent of unaware of the social conventions of the day, crossed many layers of color line in order to learn from the people who were as close as possible to the beginnings of jazz. Whether he was aware at the time or not, it was an incredibly brave thing to do. He tells the story vividly, and it is very easy to put oneself in his place. I would ...more
Guy Choate
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Not especially well-written, but this memoir captures a spectacular place at a crucial time, when the New Orleans jazz scene began evolving to adapt to tourism and the old way remained dedicated to its craft. Because of that, this memoir is part history lesson. The author as a character is merely a vehicle in which the reader gains access to a collection of bygone musicians who are worth remembering.
Ellanor
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in or visiting New Orleans
Shelves: travel
Tulane choice for 2006, memoir of Sancton’s childhood growing up as son of middle class liberal learning from and playing with jazz greats including George Lewis at Preservation Hall night after night throughout highschool. Wonderful period piece.
Nathaniel
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Got a little chocked up reading the last line... Great book. If good ol' New Orleans jazz don't do nothin' for you, don't read this book.
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