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)

New Atlantis

Swenson__Atlantis_featuredNew Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans by John Swenson (Oxford University Press)

Now in paperback!  

At its most intimate level, music heals our emotional wounds and inspires us. At its most public, it unites people across cultural boundaries. But can it rebuild a city? That’s the central question posed in New Atlantis, journalist John Swenson’s beautifully detailed account of the musical artists working to save America’s most colorful and troubled metropolis: New Orleans.

New Atlantis is a fast-moving hybrid of richly detailed journalism and compelling partisan memoir.”
— David Fricke, Rolling Stone

“A solid, rewarding book.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“An all-inclusive and engrossing study of New Orleans music and life in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Highly recommended.”
— Library Journal

“This intimate portrait of a city that lost so much yet still has so much to offer captures the resiliency of its inhabitants and their stubborn determination to never give up.”
— Booklist

“Intimate, intelligent and passionate… Swenson’s concern for the future of the music culture is as personal as it is journalistic – probably more so – and reading him, you can’t help but care, too.”
— The Times-Picayune

“The eloquent central narrative beautifully evokes New Orleans, alongside interviews with those who, like the Neville Brothers and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, lived through the deluge, scraped out the sludge and faced down the National Guard.”
— Financial Times