The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square


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Chicago Review Press
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6.0 X 1.0 X 8.9 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Ned Sublette is the author of Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo. Cofounder of the record label Qbadisc, he coproduced the public radio program Afropop Worldwide for seven years.


"Thoughtful, well-researched . . . As our nation continues to ponder the future of the Big Easy, Sublette offers an informative accounting of that great city's past." --Publishers Weekly
"Cultural studies and history do not get much better than this, a must read for anyone who wonders why this city must be saved." --Booklist

"Ned Sublette] is a passionate chronicler of the Africans' resilience, of how they revived a cultural memory that gave life to music and enduring folkways." --New York Times

"Sublette is a sonic sleuth charting the successive waves of Africans who shaped this black city's culture." --Nation
"Sublette gets contemporary New Orleans, sees the echoes of the past in our present." --New Orleans Times-Picayune
"With great detail and talented telling, Sublette especially chronicles the paths slaves took to New Orleans and how those paths led to the city's personality today." --Tampa Tribune
"Sublette, who drew raves for Cuba and Its Music, has produced another important resource - and the best argument yet for why we need to save New Orleans." --Boston Globe
"With staggering erudition and dazzling style, Ned Sublette tells you a thousand seemingly disparate things you always wanted to know but never knew where or whom to ask, then weaves them all together in a harmonious whole." --Madison Smartt Bell, author, All Souls' Rising and Toussaint Louverture