Issue 79, Winter 2012

Issue 79, Winter 2012


The Louisiana Music Issue

“Music in Louisiana isn’t an escape, or it’s not only an escape. It’s a form of civic engagement, often speaking to very specific constituencies. The music is personal but not private as musicians speak to and for their communities.” — Alex Rawls, Guest-editor’s letter

Features by Amanda Petrusich, Stanley Crouch, Brian Boyles, Duncan Murrell, Jason Berry, and Matt Sakakeeny. Poetry by Yusuf Komunyakaa, Rickey Laurentiis, and others.

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Opening Acts

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Meters, Tony Joe White, Kix Brooks, Barbara Reid, Kenny Bill Stinson, Terrance Simien, and the Buffalo Soldiers Trail Riding Club


Features

OOLA MALLA WALLA DOLLA
The Long Cosmic Reach of Professor Longhair
by Jason Berry

DRAGGED THROUGH THE FOREST 
The Long-gone Sound of Amédé Ardoin 
by Amanda Petrusich

WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS 
You Have To Swing To Be There 
by Stanley Crouch

BEGIN AGAIN
The Anxiety of Authenticity 
by Duncan Murrell

BOURBON STREET PARADE 
Twelve Hours in a New Orleans Strip Club 
by Brian Boyles

WHY DEY HAD TO KILL THEM 
The Life and Death of Shotgun Joe 
by Matt Sakakeeny


Poetry

THREE POEMS:
Quicksilver, The White Handkerchief, and from Requiem
by Yusef Komunyakaa

Little Song
by Rickey Laurentiis

Little Freddie Makes Seventy at BJ's in the Bywater
by Lee Meitzen Grue

Blues on Burgundy
by Keith Veizer


 Cover illustration of Professor Longhair by Marc Burckhardt