Groove Interrupted by Keith Spera

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The recent history of New Orleans is fraught with tragedy and triumph. Both are reflected in the city’s vibrant, idiosyncratic music community. In Keith Spera’s intimately reported Groove Interrupted, Aaron Neville returns to New Orleans for the first time after Hurricane Katrina to bury his wife. Fats Domino improbably rambles around Manhattan to promote a post-Katrina tribute CD. Alex Chilton lives anonymously in a battered cottage in the Treme neighborhood. Platinum-selling rapper Mystikal rekindles his career after six years in prison. Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard struggles to translate Katrina into music. The spotlight also shines on Allen Toussaint, Pete Fountain, Gatemouth Brown, the Rebirth Brass Band, Phil Anselmo, Juvenile, Jeremy Davenport and the 2006 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. With heartache, hope, humor and resolve, each of these contemporary narratives stands on its own. Together, they convey that the funky, syncopated spirit of New Orleans music is unbreakable, in spite of Katrina’s interruption.


About Keith Spera

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KEITH SPERA writes about music for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. In 2006, he was a member of the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning Hurricane Katrina coverage team. He has also contributed to Rolling Stone, Vibe, Blender, LA Weekly, Garden & Gun and numerous documentaries. He lives in his native New Orleans with his wife and two young children.
Published August 2, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 273 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Uneven, intermittently compelling series of portraits of New Orleans musicians.

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This wonderful celebration of the vibrant, idiosyncratic music community of New Orleans is a collection of profiles of individual musicians who all had their ability to make music threatened after H

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Denver Post

Penned by Keith Spera, a New Orleans Times-Picayune writer who began chronicling the city's music long before the storm, "Groove Interrupted" measures Katrina's toll on individual musicians' lives and on their art, as well.

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