By John Swenson
At its such a lot intimate point, tune heals our emotional wounds and conjures up us. At its such a lot public, it unites humans throughout cultural limitations. yet can it rebuild a urban? that is the relevant query posed in New Atlantis, journalist John Swenson's fantastically precise account of the musical artists operating to save lots of America's such a lot colourful and bothered city: New Orleans.
town has been threatened with extinction repeatedly in the course of its three-hundred-plus-year background by means of fireplace, pestilence, crime, flood, and oil spills. operating for little funds and inspite of having misplaced their very own houses and possessions to Katrina, New Orleans's so much talented musicians--including such figures as Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, "Trombone Shorty," and massive leader Monk Boudreaux--are battling again opposed to a tidal wave of difficulties: the depletion of the wetlands south of the town (which are disappearing on the price of 1 acre each hour), the violence that has made New Orleans the homicide capitol of the united states, the waning tourism undefined, and especially the continued calamity within the wake of typhoon Katrina (or, because it is understood in New Orleans, the "Federal Flood"). certainly, many of the neighborhoods that nurtured the indigenous song of recent Orleans have been destroyed within the flood, and plenty of of the elder statesmen have died or been incapacitated on account that then, however the musicians profiled the following have stepped as much as fill their roles. New Atlantis is their tale.
choked with indelible photos of person artists, trained by way of Swenson's encyclopedic wisdom of the city's exact and sundry tune scene--which contains jazz, R&B, brass band, rock, and hip hop--New Atlantis is a stirring chronicle of the valiant efforts to maintain the tradition that offers New Orleans its grace and magic.