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The Soul of New Orleans: A Legacy of Rhythm and Blues Paperback – November 1, 2001


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Swallow Pubns (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961424583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961424589
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..a tireless investigator and chronicler of the ever-fascinating New Orleans R&B scene. -- John Broven, author of R&B in New Orleans & South to Louisiana

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Through research and interviews the author has in most cases let the subjects tell their own story, offering readers insight into one of the most fascinating eras of New Orleans music. Profiles include: Fats Domino, Jack Dupree, Dr. John, the Neville Bros., Ray Charles, Deacon John, Jean Knight, Tommy Ridgley, Robert Parker, & Snooks Eaglin, to mention just a few.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book gets five stars.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Jensen on January 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
This slim but deceptively detailed volume could be called the follow-up to "I Hear You Knockin'", Jeff Hannusch's previous book about New Orleans rhythm and blues written in 1985. Although his subjects could be at times coldly looked upon, leaving the reader with a rather grim feeling, the book was a great, honest read about the ups and downs within the New Orleans music scene since World War II.

"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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Preble on September 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book full of great writing and great photos. The author has done a lot of footwork covering the subject. I tell all my Cresent City Music Loving Friends to get this book. It will be very hard for other authors to come behind this book and cover the same subject. Get this book for yourself - but don't lend it out - it won't come back.
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