Roll with It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans

By Matt Sakakeeny
"Roll With It" is a firsthand account of the precarious lives of musicians in the Rebirth, Soul Rebels, and Hot 8 brass bands of New Orleans. These young men are celebrated as cultural icons for upholding the proud traditions of the jazz funeral and the second line parade, yet they remain subject to the perils of poverty, racial marginalization, and urban violence that characterize life for many black Americans. Some achieve a degree of social mobility while many more encounter aggressive policing, exploitative economies, and a political infrastructure that creates insecurities in healthcare, housing, education, and criminal justice. The gripping narrative moves with the band members from back street to backstage, before and after Hurricane Katrina, always in step with the tap of the snare drum, the thud of the bass drum, and the boom of the tuba.

"Damn, now that's musicology. . . . Among the book's other accomplishments, it's a model of how to write an academic text that can engage a real-world reader." --Ned Sublett
"A notable work in that it's the first critical project to chronicle New Orleans' bombastic contemporary brass-band scene, the generation of musicians that grew up with century-old hymns in one ear and hip-hop in the other; also, and importantly, it's a keen, social-justice-minded examination of the turbulent mix of race, economics, culture and tradition in which brass band culture is located."--Alison Fensterstock ""Times-Picayune" "


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Publisher Duke University Press
Publish date 10/30/2013
Pages 248
ISBN-13 9780822355670
ISBN-10 0822355671
Language English

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