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''Preservation Hall has long been a site of memory for New Orleans jazz musicians and aficionados alike, but usually with an emphasis on the first and second wave of iconic performers who worked there George Lewis, Billie and DeDe Pierce, and the Humphrey brothers, Percy and Willie. Shannon Brinkman's photography in Preservation Hall brings us up to date, while also reminding us that in addition to the sounds of Preservation Hall, images are no less essential in conveying the emotional valence of the place. The beauty of the photographs is matched by reflections from the musicians who work(ed) there, taking the reader to the heart of what Preservation Hall has accomplished as a shrine for New Orleans jazz.'' --Bruce Boyd Raeburn, curator of the Hogan Jazz Archives

''Shannon Brinkman wields her camera in much the same fashion as the Preservation Hall musicians have for so long played and honored the instruments they hold in her photographs. And each in their separate ways--she visually, they musically, both passionately--have provided us with an art that is expressive, perceptive and revelatory. As their songs do echo over the years and throughout the Hall with the soaring expression of their souls, so does Brinkman fill her photographs with a visual eloquence that likewise can persevere and enrich us all. Listen and look, long and intensely, to the art that she hears and the music that she sees.'' --Roy Flukinger, Senior Curator of Photography & Film at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

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Shannon Brinkman is an award-winning art photographer from New Orleans. Brinkman has traveled around the world covering a variety of subjects from international horse sport events to overseas performances of the Preservation Hall Band.

Eve Abrams is a New Orleans--based radio producer, writer, audio documentarian, and educator. Her stories air regularly on WWNO, New Orleans' public radio station; WWOZ, New Orleans' jazz and heritage station; and on National Public Radio. Her writing has appeared in Fourth Genre, OffBeat Magazine, Wesleyan Magazine, Post Road Magazine, and in the book Where We Know: New Orleans as Home.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: LSU Press; 1 edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080713726X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807137260
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah V VINE VOICE on May 3, 2011
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I first happened upon Preservation Hall in the early 70's. Nestled somewhat near Pat O'Brien's in what looked less like a music hall and more like an old shack, some of the best jazz I've ever heard came from the musicians who played there. I particularly remember Miss Emma, who could bang away on a piano with very little expression on her face, but pure music in her fingers.

And every time I return to New Orleans a trip to Preservation Hall is a must. As I've gotten older with more responsibilities my trips have become fewer and farther in between visits, but now this lovely book from Shannon Brinkman and Eve Abrams can take me back just by the turn of a page. The photographs are often stark and at first glance seem unremarkable in creativity, but as you fall into the photograph you feel the music, sense the tradition and become a part of Preservation Hall's jazz scene. As you study the pictures you realize what a remarkable feat the photographer, Shannon Brinkman, achieved with her camera of a very important part of jazz history. You feel the passion the musicians have for their craft. You get the feel of standing in line on a hot and humid New Orleans evening waiting to get into the Hall to hear some of the best jazz around.

If you have a passion for jazz, Preservation Hall and New Orleans--this book will definitely have you wanting to pull out your credit card and book a trip to New Orleans and the French Quarter's best jazz. And if you can't book a trip, then opening this book will bring you there.
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In computer lingo WYSIWYG is What You See Is What You Get. In PRESERVATION HALL it's What You Hear Is What You Get. The Music - JAZZ that SWINGS in the TRADITION and in the MOMENT. That's the theme, published by Louisiana State University Press, that's played out by 45 seminal and youthful New Orleans style musicians in time for their 50th Anniversary Celebration.

And, Expressive, richly colored, photographs by Shannon Brinkman of their own environment.

And, their words in explanation of themselves as they evolved from the tradition, captured by Eve Adams, .

Prominent is the place - PRESERVATION HALL - a room full of antiquity, heritage, of the players caught in stop-time.

The interviews reflect the experience of these musicians. The bios reveal the path each took to Preservation Hall. Enjoy the nicknames as well as the portraits of the jazz instruments. - Daniel Kassell All Rights Reserved, Member, Jazz Journalist Association

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Looks brand new and is exactly what I wanted.
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