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"An intense and thoughtful 'companion volume' to The World that Made New Orleans . . . A powerful, heartfelt and sometimes angry take on a great American city." Kirkus Reviews
"Ned Sublette is a literary Spirit Master, and The Year Before the Flood is his most personal and astounding work, full of mad knowledge and unorthodox insights about race, crime, history, politics, music and all the other ingredients that flavor the righteous roux that is New Orleans." T.J. English, author, Havana Nocturne and Paddy Whacked
"Ned Sublette is the rarest of writers. The Year Before The Floodhis third tour de force work on music, race, history, and conscienceis his most personal and memorable yet." Jeff Chang, author, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
"Ned Sublette sees the edgy magic of New Orleans with the eyes of both an insider and outsider. From race to music, from Parasol’s bar to the Mardi Gras Indians, he really gets it. His feel for the sources of jazz and funk flavor the book and make it a delight." Walter Isaacson, author, Einstein: His Life and Universe
"Sublette is a musical archeologist at heart . . . Part memoir, part history lesson, it's a scrapbook of the bustling port city at its most joyful, boisterous and deadly." Los Angeles Times
"A musician and musicologist, Sublette writes with passion and precision of New Orleans' music and Mardi Gras, violence and racism, and its uniqueand now perhaps permanently damagedculture." St. Petersburg Times
"Sublette's first-person narrative captures the Big Easy before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, and subtly hints at the surreal dysfunction that would take place immediately afterward." Time Out New York
It's a personal account, mixed with information about music, politics, and so on. I liked The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square better, and I hope... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marc Lichtman
There is much of interest here, but one would be well served to skip the first 125 pages of this lengthy tome. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edward Amos Dr
I bought this book before a trip to New Orleans, hoping to gain more insight into the city through reading it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Jaeger
This book arrived quickly. I like this author and am reading several of his books. This is a very depressing-but clear-picture of New Orleans before the levee breaks. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Valdez
I am a New Orleans resident and I was a part of the music industry for almost twenty years. I saw the No Limit dynasty (during and after) firsthand. Read morePublished 17 months ago by S. Johnson
The Year Before the Flood is an exciting weave of personal memoir, music and cultural history, and reflection on American culture. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ms Boyer
As a long time visitor to NOLA and an ardent student of its music, I looked forward to Mr. Sublette's account of his time in New Orleans. Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by King Bee
I was really looking forward to this book - great topic, great setup. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by BEN C.
I bought this book because I loved The World That Made New Orleans.
I was really disappointed. The Year Before the Flood wanders and wanders. Read more