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In Groove Interrupted, Keith Spera captures both the elation and the heartbreak of post-Katrina New Orleans through the stories of some of the city's best musicians. Spera knows New Orleans and its music inside-out, and he lived through the disaster and saw it all for himself. Anybody who loves the Crescent City and its music will experience shocks of recognition, humor, sadness, and intense beauty throughout. This is a terrific book. (Tom Piazza, "author of City Of Refuge and Why New Orleans Matters")

With Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood that followed, New Orleans suffered a near-death experience. Eighty percent of the city flooded. Musicians suffered along with everyone else, and in the weeks and months after the storm it was unclear if they, and the music would ever return to the Crescent City. Keith Spera's invaluable book brilliantly chronicles the experiences of some of New Orleans', and America's, most important musicians -- Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, Allen Toussaint, among others -- before, during and after America's worst man-made disaster. (Eric Overmyer, Executive Producer Treme (HBO))

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KEITH SPERA writes about music for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. In 2006, he was a member of the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning Hurricane Katrina coverage team. He has also contributed to Rolling Stone, Vibe, Blender, LA Weekly, Garden & Gun and numerous documentaries. He lives in his native New Orleans with his wife and two young children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312552254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312552251
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Freshwater on September 19, 2011
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Groove Interrupted provides a glimpse into the lives of several musicians from the deep and varied talent pool in New Orleans. For a book about great music and colorful characters, New Orleans offers plenty of material...and the author does a superb job of delivering the right mix of details, context, and anecdotes. Each chapter is devoted to a unique musician, and comes peppered with facts and first-hand accounts that are sure to keep any reader engaged - whether they be deeply familiar or newly acquainted with any of the artists covered. One of the best accomplishments of this book is its depiction of the diversity of native music talent bursting from New Orleans. The author says of the mixed genres represented at the 2009 Grammy Awards' tribute to New Orleans "...it felt about right". Considering the music New Orleans has and continues to give to the world...so does this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate Mack on September 10, 2011
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I'm only half way in and loving it.... I read a review in our Sunday paper about this book and thought it sounded interesting. I was right! If you like music, or New Orleans, or you just like to read good writing, get this. You won't be sorry!
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By Stephanie Davis on July 9, 2012
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Unexpectedly learned so much about both the city where I grew up AND the musicians who make it up. There is so much "poor me" about Katrina out there (rightfully so, mind you, but not what I want to read about). This book covers the other side. It celebrates what makes up the New Orleans spirit....... Eclectic Creativity and the deep soulful support of it in the midst of whatever happens, in all it's bizarre forms. As one who no longer gets to live there (for now anyway), it reminds me why this city will always be a precious part of my heart and spirit.

The only thing I wish? I could follow Keith Spera and his current writings on Facebook (hint, hint Mr. Spera).
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An excellent look at the "real" New Orleans music scene. I have to like it because I'm mentioned by one of the musicians (LOL.) But it IS a truly fine study!
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