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The World That Made New Orleans

For anyone interested in American musical history, as well as the roots of our racial discomfort currently so visible, I want to recommend a book: The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square by Ned Sublette. It’s not a study of New Orleans music per se. For that I recommend Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans (Thomas Brothers) and Up From the Cradle of Jazz (Jason Berry, Jonathan Foose, Tad Jones), among others.


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