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.
Definitely worth the read, the first hand exposés are priceless insight.. Found myself lost occasionally as the subject matter tends to jump, possibly a book to read twice... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 11 months ago by Matt Mintzell
Piazza writes like he speaks. Better, like his subjects speak. After reading about Carl Perkins and Blue Suede shoes, I want to spend my 2 1/2 minutes "wasting" with the original... Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Ami Vider
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