The Year Before the Flood by Ned Sublette
A Story of New Orleans

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Spending 2004–2005 in New Orleans investigating the city’s legendary past both in the archives and its living culture in the street, this account combines personal memoir, historical research, and on-the-ground reporting to trace a suspenseful arc through the last year New Orleans was whole. The perspectives of daily life and the passage of seasons in the antediluvian city are darkly comic, irreverent, passionate, and angry. Fully revealing the city’s vicious heritage of racism and its murderous poverty, this heartbreaking narrative of joy, violence, and loss features a grand parade of unforgettable characters in the town that is both America’s great music city and its homicide capital. 


About Ned Sublette

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Ned Sublette is the cofounder of the Qbadisc record label. He has coproduced the public radio program Afropop Worldwide for seven years and traveled frequently to Cuba since 1990.
Published September 1, 2009 by Chicago Review Press. 484 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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But even as he enjoys himself and conducts extensive research on the New Orleans music scene—creating numerous interesting, entertaining narrative tangents, like his examination of the city’s raunchy hip-hop culture—the author remains aware of the city’s fragility: “I knew I was seeing something ...

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Music, race, politics, and history come together in this author’s examination of the year he spent in New Orleans.

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"The Year Before the Flood" documents the last year New Orleans and its thriving music scene were still fully intact before the city was nearly washed off the face of the Earth.

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