"New Atlantis is a fast-moving hybrid of richly detailed journalism
and compelling partisan memoir." -David Fricke, Rolling Stone
John Swenson has been a syndicated columnist for more than 20 years at UPI and Reuters. His account of musicians returning to New Orleans after Katrina, "The Bands Played On," appeared in Da Capo's Best Music Writing 2007; his "Every Accordionist a King" won the 2008 Best Entertainment Feature award from the Press Club of New Orleans. Swenson has been an editor for Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Circus, Rock World, Offbeat, and other publications. He is the author of The Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide (Random House, 1999); Stevie Wonder (Plexus, 1989); and Bill Haley: The Daddy of Rock and Roll (Stein and Day, 1985).
I bought this for my husband who is a big Nola fan. He is really enjoying this book and is going to share it with his friend who is an even bigger Nola fan. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by P. Hobbs
I generally don't read many non-fiction books, so someone who does, or is very knowledgeable about the New Orleans music scene will likely have a different experience reading this... Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by Kindle-aholic
John Swenson immerses the reader in the music of New Orleans. He examines how musicians are working to rebuild New Orleans. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Our family has a first-person relationship with New Orleans and we had a first-person experience with Hurricane Katrina. I've worked within the music world for many years. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Marilyn Rea
Book is good if you know the New Orleans music scene and the history. Otherwise it will be a difficult read. Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by Marcella Seidensticker
New Orleans, almost wiped off the map, brought back to life by its musicians. An important, untold story finally told and told well. Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Ken McCarthy
I honestly feel that three stars is a somewhat low rating for this book, while four stars would be too much. Rather, it probably sits in the 3.5 star range. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by T.L. Walker
This book is true about New Orleans. I have relatives there who suffered through Katrina.
New Orleans was in bad shape and our federal government did not give a dam. Read more