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Roll with it : brass bands in the streets of New Orleans / Matt Sakakeeny ; with images by Willie Birch.

By: Sakakeeny, Matt, 1971- [author.].
Contributor(s): Birch, Willie [artist.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Refiguring American music: Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (xv, 230 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780822377207; 0822377209.Subject(s): Brass bands -- Louisiana -- New Orleans | African American musicians -- Louisiana -- New Orleans | Brass instrument players -- Louisiana -- New OrleansAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Roll with it.DDC classification: 785.1 LOC classification: ML1311.7.L8 | S34 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Prologue: crossing the threshold -- Introduction: forward motion -- Onward and upward -- Constraints -- Progressions -- Voices -- Conclusion: engagements -- Afterword: music and image in the art of Willie Birch / Willie Birch and Matt sakakeeny.
Summary: Roll With It is a firsthand account of the contradictory lives of New Orleans brass-band musicians. They are celebrated as cultural icons within the music scene; outside it, they are treated as faceless black males-subject to poverty, racial marginalization, and urban violence.
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Prologue: crossing the threshold -- Introduction: forward motion -- Onward and upward -- Constraints -- Progressions -- Voices -- Conclusion: engagements -- Afterword: music and image in the art of Willie Birch / Willie Birch and Matt sakakeeny.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Roll With It is a firsthand account of the contradictory lives of New Orleans brass-band musicians. They are celebrated as cultural icons within the music scene; outside it, they are treated as faceless black males-subject to poverty, racial marginalization, and urban violence.

English.

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Library Journal Review

New Orleans brass bands help define the city's character-exuberant, communal, and thoroughly musical-but the musicians who play in them suffer the same marginalization as other black men. Ethnomusicologist Sakakeeny explores their dual roles as celebrated cultural icons and men at the mercy of a society stacked against them. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

As an ethnomusicologist this reviewer finds Sakakeeny's study of New Orleans brass bands both refreshing and perplexing. Refreshing because it is based on three years of fieldwork during which the author worked closely with the practitioners and experienced their lives and music making. Perplexing because it reads like a novel, albeit a "non-fiction novel," which makes finding specific kinds of information nearly impossible, requiring readers to immerse themselves in the players' lives. In other words, one must read the book from cover to cover. Sakakeeny (Tulane Univ.) worked with three local brass bands, Rebirth, the Soul Rebels, and the Hot 8. Anyone who has done such fieldwork can relate to the author noting that his "research became less directed, more improvisational, and messier," but that does not justify failure to sort it out to derive something more succinct than "the whole." The writing, though colorful and engaging, is also highly personal, experiential, and above all subjective. The intriguing titles of each chapter's subsections may entice, but they do not inform. Adding to this vagueness is the absence of photos or a compact disc. Instead the book has only line drawings by artist Willie Birch. Summing Up: Optional. Comprehensive academic collections; general readers. T. E. Miller emeritus, Kent State University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

<p>Matt Sakakeeny is an ethnomusicologist and journalist, New Orleans resident and musician. An Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University, he initially moved to New Orleans to work as a co-producer of the public radio program American Routes . Sakakeeny has written for publications including The Oxford American , Mojo , and Wax Poetics . He plays guitar in the band Los Po-Boy-Citos.<br> <br> Willie Birch is an international artist who lives in New Orleans, where he was born in 1942. Birch received his BA from Southern University New Orleans in 1969 and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 1973. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the State of Louisiana Governor's award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His works are part of the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.</p>

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