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Storyville, New Orleans: Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious Red Light District Paperback – April 30, 1978

ISBN-13: 978-0817344030 ISBN-10: 0817344039

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press (April 30, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817344039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817344030
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very informative book.
apoem
This book gives a significant understanding of the history and its importance to the reader.
Cameron
Ironically, he hated having his good name attached to a Red Light District.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca E. Schmitz on December 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Al Rose's history of America's only (until recent decades in parts of Nevada) legalized red light district is an entertaining read if you have an interest in American history, Victorian and Progressive Era culture, historic preservation, jazz or prostitution. Featuring Ernest Bellocq's bittersweet photographs of Storyville's denziens and reproductions of 19th century New Orleans newspapers and gossip sheets this book has a moral for all of us: namely, that the legalization of prostitution can put an end to disease, abuse, and harrassment by johns and the authorities and become a viable part of the economy.
"Storyville, New Orleans" starts out with a brief history of prostitution in the Crescent City and takes the reader on a street-by-street tour of the district created by city aldermen in 1897. Photographs of the girls and their houses are on just about every page and really shows the day-to-day operation of Storyville. In addition, scattered throughout Rose's work are the surviving calling cards and advertisements for each prostitute and her place of business. This includes the "Blue Book", a sort of Yellow Pages for the lecherous. There is also an extensive chapter on the jazz musicians--professors--who played in the various brothels and bars. Storyville was closed by order of the US Navy in 1917 and Rose shows us what happened to some of the women and many of the buildings.
My only problem with this book is that many of the newspaper reproductions--especially that of the full-length Mascot in the back--are hard to read. I first found "Storyville" in my university library years ago when I was a student researching a paper. It was an original hardback copy and the pictures and reproductions were of a much higher quality. This paperback edition is not as good. I hope future editions will correct this when it comes time to print. Other than that, I recommend this "Authentic, Illustrated Account" to anyone who likes their history a little on the raw side.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By c663774@showme.missouri.edu on August 9, 1999
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In my research for a recent paper on the lives of prostitutes, I found this book indispensible, not only for its inclusion of interviews with actual Storyville prostitutes, or its thorough examination of the history and availiable statistics on the district, but also for the strange and beautiful photographs that are abundant in its pages. The expressions, attitudes, and settings the women and photographer chose say volumes about life in Storyville, as does Al Rose's wonderful book!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
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I came across this book while on vacation in New Orleans. The book is extremely well put together and the historical photos interesting. The testimonies by the women involved in the life make the book hard to put down and make for more factual and better reading than any scholarly reasearch book on the topic. This is a must have for anyone interested in the topic or as a coffee table book.
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Charles L. Mccain on September 3, 2003
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Al Rose was a mentor and great friend to me. He died in New Orleans thirteen years ago and was given a jazz funeral. He researched Storyville for 14 years. Many of the records had intentionally been destroyed. At the time he began the research he was living in Hollywood, Fl and wanted to paint a mural and map of Storyville on a wall in his home. He was a wonderful artist as well as writer. When he went to find a good map of Storyville and more details he discovered that the records of ownership of the well known houses of prostitution had been razored out of the official deed books. Intrigued by this he went on and on and the result was Storyville. He was a renaissance man: artist, writer, jazz impressario, labor organizer. He fought in the Spanish Civil War and worked with the Quakers to smuggle social democratic leaders out of eastern europe after the soviets took over. He studied under Diego Rivera, knew Trotsky, was a friend and confidant of every great jazz musician of the 20th Century and befriended all of them. I sat in his living room one night while Eubie Blake played the piano. Al wrote his biography and knew him for 50 years. He produced jazz records for the State of Louisina, still much in demand by collectors. The records bear the legend, "recorded under the personal supervision of Al Rose." His real name was much longer---he was from a very old New Orleans family and actually has to take fencing lessons in case he had to fight a duel. he would be extremely pleased at the reviews on this site. I miss him a lot. Storyville, New Orleans: Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious Red Light District
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2001
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This is a very informative book.However, more than being full of facts and figures and information, this book is interesting. The interviews with prostitutes, pimps, visitors and musicians that lived and worked in Storyville make this book interesting. The pictures are tactful and add a lot to the book and it's contents.
Anyone interested in the history of New Orleans will find this a not to be missed book. Anyone interested in prostitution will find this book useful.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L Burke on December 26, 2002
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If this was a fictional account about the section of New Orleans called "Storyville," no one would ever believe it. That it is true is wonderful, monstrous, fascinating, horrible, and damn good reading. The birthplace of blues, jazz, Dixieland and the beginning of the "Black take" on music that has swept the world and reinvented itself many times...right up to the present. The sex in this book and the way it was practiced and viewed at the time is unbelievable; it boggles the mind. This book cries out to be the basis for a movie, a musical, and/or a TV series. The cast of characters defies explanation. If this book doesn't blow your mind, you don't have one. Great!
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