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Storyville, New Orleans: Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious Red Light District Paperback – April 30, 1978
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"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.
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. When the book was published in 1974 by LSU Press, it won the Louisiana Book Award and has been in print ever since that time.
Al was a true renaissance man: artist, writer, jazz impresario, 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 had known Eubie or fifty years and wrote his biography.
He produced jazz records for the State of Louisiana, still much in demand by collectors. The records bear the legend, "recorded under the personal supervision of Al Rose." He gave me one of these albums and it is a treasured possession. 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. Al loved jazz and he loved New Orleans.Read more ›
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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A very well-read book upset that it wasn't in Kindle form because I would prefer that but I got a lot of information from this bookPublished 29 days ago by jacks
Excellent history of a troubled neighborhood. If New Orleans history turns you on, this is a book you'll treasure.Published 2 months ago by jsquared
I travel to New Orleans frequently. this is a good background read.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quite a dry read and not many decent photographs (they're mostly small). Only for Historians!Published 2 months ago by Sandra Sloan77
Good read, a little wordy. I love NOLA and have been to St Louis 1. My husband was afraid of the area, expecially after I told him about Storyville. Read morePublished 3 months ago by F. Denise Roe
Readable, with fantastic illustrations. Not the highest quality print, but you can't get anything like it anywhere else. Complete picture of the evolution of the area.Published 12 months ago by Kitteh