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Lewis Watts and Eric Porter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273870

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273870.001.0001

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Reconstruction’s Soundtrack

Reconstruction’s Soundtrack

(p.56) 4 Reconstruction’s Soundtrack
New Orleans Suite

Lewis Watts

Eric Porter

University of California Press

Section 4 looks at the ways post-Katrina recordings by local musicians comment on the transformations in the city post-storm, interrogate the labeling of Katrina victims as refugees, and theorize New Orleans as a zone of radical potential forged out of the often mundane, sometimes heroic, relationships of its citizens, sustained through alliances with outsiders. I focus first on the New Orleans Social Club’s Sing Me Back Home and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s remake of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. After a brief look at underground hip-hop videos, I conclude by looking at the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 2010 album Preservation and its collaboration that same year with rapper Mos Def and other musicians on the single “It Ain’t My Fault,” which drew attention to the BP oil spill.

Keywords:   post-Katrina recordings, refugees, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, New Orleans Social Club, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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