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The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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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
Top Customer Reviews
The difference is that a surprising number of the "ancient" things past legends like Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton recalled from the early part of the 20th century are still alive and well in NOLA today: social and pleasure clubs, Second Line parades. Indian tribes, jazz funerals, great musicians seemingly on every block .and what for my money is the best food on the planet.
If you can't get to New Orleans right now, get this book. It's the next best thing to being shown around by a native.
If you love New Orleans, this book will fill you with pride and joy and get you even deeper into the deepest city in America.
Still, notwithstanding his irritating political and personal polemics, it is absolutely worth reading.
I cannot describe what New Orleans was anywhere near as well as he does, and while that makes me a little sad, wow, this book is just what it needed to be to fill that gap...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mr. Sublette has a love of the N.O. area that is infectious. The book is educational in many disciplines.Published 16 months ago by Thomas Place
first-person account of living in new orleans before the flood and immediately after. few insights worth anything, poor quality writing, much too much on personal details.Published on March 12, 2014 by Robert Harper
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 on February 7, 2014 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 on February 3, 2014 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 on October 3, 2013 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 on October 2, 2013 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 on September 26, 2012 by S. Johnson