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The Soul of New Orleans: A Legacy of Rhythm and Blues Paperback – November, 2001
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But Jeff really needs to get someone to copyread this text. Not to pick nits, but some words are mispelled and some teeny weeny inaccurate details might tend to take Hannusch's hard work and clear dedication to the subject matter with an unnecessary grain of salt.
Okay, enough of that. The fact is, if it weren't for what happened musically in New Orleans, we'd all very likely be listening to something else right now and not having as much fun. And if Jeff Hannusch hadn't taken the time to research and write up the history of New Orleans rhythm and blues, it might never have been done. Five stars, Jeff. Hire a copyreader for the next edition and this book will sparkle more than it does already.
"The Soul of New Orleans" is not just an update or "sequel" and, to be honest, there's a bit of repetition in this one. What it is is a badly needed refreshment of the original's subject. I would highly recommend reading "I Hear You Knockin'" first and then continuing on to this one. Much has changed since the original's days (of course this was pre-Katrina) and the way recorded material has been reissued has changed quite a bit. Of course, many of the previous books subjects have passed or their careers have surprisingly had resurgences here and there. Hannusch has also gone out of his way to cover certain artists that he didn't in the first book, as well.
What's amazing about Hannusch's writing is that it has not changed in the time between the two books, only what has occurred. That's a good thing. His straight-forward prose and non-romantic feel is still present although you can feel his passion for his subject matter.
These two books come highly recommended save for what a previous reviewer mentioned about poor proof-reading. I'm not really willing to blame Hannusch as he comes across as completely capable when it comes to writing. These just seem like good, old fashioned typos. Don't let this discourage you in purchasing this, though. And get ready to come back to Amazon and make some music purchases as well. He's always able to point out something out there that you don't have or aren't familiar with yet. And that's what this book really is about, isn't it? Music.