Triksta by Nik Cohn
Life and Death and New Orleans Rap

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Acclaimed music writer Nik Cohn’s love of hip-hop goes back to its beginnings, and his love of New Orleans even further, to when he passed through the Big Easy on tour with The Who and discovered a place with a magic that never failed to seize him. On the surface he’s the least likely candidate for a rap impresario. But with his signature charm and passion, he plunges headfirst into the wards, clubs, and projects of New Orleans, opening up a world closed to most outsiders: a journey into the heart of the hip-hop dream, and into larger question of racial identity in America. Written before Hurricane Katrina struck (and published here with an afterword that chronicles how Katrina altered the lives of those he met) Triksta now stands as an elegy to a city, its music, and its people.


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About Nik Cohn

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Nik Cohn is the author of six previous books, as well as two collaborations with the artist Guy Peellaert. He was born in London, raised in Northern Ireland, and now lives on Shelter Island, New York.
 
Published March 10, 2009 by Vintage. 256 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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At a crossroads in his life, itinerant writer and music dabbler Cohn (Yes We Have No, 1999, etc.) dives into the messy realm of the New Orleans rap scene.

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Triksta: Life and Death and New Orleans Rapby Nik Cohn.

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Triksta: Life and Death and New Orleans Rap by Nick Cohn Harvill Secker £12.99, pp211 This is a book about New Orleans before the flood.

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Entertainment Weekly

Early on in Triksta, the white, middle-aged British music writer/novelist Nik Cohn admits that he's racist.

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Austin Chronicle

Waving the prospects of a Dreamworks contract under the noses of hungry rappers, Cohn builds rapport with local hot boys, including Marrero's Choppa, who ultimately recognize the halfassed reality of Cohn's so-called industry insider status.

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