Tom Piazza’s sharp intelligence, insight, and passion fuel this new collection of writings on music, literature, New Orleans, and America itself in desperate times.
For his first book since his award-winning novel City of Refuge and his stunning and influential post-Katrina polemic Why New Orleans Matters, Piazza selects the best of his writings on American roots music and musicians, including his Grammy-winning album notes for Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues; his classic profile of bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin; essays on Jimmie Rodgers, Charley Patton, and Bob Dylan; and much more.
In the book’s second section, Piazza turns his attention to literature, politics, and post-Katrina America in articles and essays on subjects ranging from Charlie Chan movies to the life and work of Norman Mailer, from the New Orleans housing crisis to the BP oil spill, from Jelly Roll Morton’s Library of Congress recordings to the future of books. The third and final section delivers a startlingly original meditation on fiction, sentimentality, and cynicism—a major new essay from this brilliant, unpredictable, and absolutely necessary writer.
Enjoyable essays written by the fine writer Tom Piazza, mostly dealing with the music field, but he also writes about the classic film sleuth Charlie Chan in a most enjoyable... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt Mintzell
Tom Piazza is one of those Southern writers whose writing never lets you down. Each novel, essay, and short story is chock full of history, wit, sense of place, and passion. Read morePublished on October 19, 2011 by C. Weeks
I recently finished reading Devil Sent the Rain. It is a very good read by a very good writer. My knowledge of the music he writes of and the writers he discusses in his essays... Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Carol Sensenbrenner