Ernie K-Doe

Ernie K-Doe: k-doe_cover - Website The R&B Emperor of New Orleans by Ben Sandmel (The Historic New Orleans Collection)

Kirkus Best of 2012
2013 Humanities Book of the Year from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

“Sandmel offers a terrific biography of the much-missed performer. Packed with anecdotes, candid photos, and interviews from those who knew K-Doe best… Rounded out with a thorough index and discography of K-Doe’s recordings, this is essential reading for those interested in the unique culture of New Orleans”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A vital, essential addition to the shelf of great books about New Orleans.”
Kirkus (starred review)

“With passionate R&B-detective research and eyewitness accounts from local legends like Dr. John and Allen Toussaint, Ben Sandmel vividly captures K-Doe’s wild rise out of poverty, the riches on his many 45s and his long, strange rebirth as a Crescent City treasure.”
Rolling Stone (four star review)