The importance of the city’s building arts to New Orleans’ expressive culture. Featuring an interview with Eddie Bo, as well as a musical excerpt from this sixth-generation Creole mason, carpenter, and piano professor.
“Rebuilding the “Land of Dreams”: Expressive Culture and New Orleans’ Authentic Future,” a presentation by Nick Spitzer
Published on August 29, 2006
Folklorist Nick Spitzer, host of Public Radio International’s American Routes, discusses the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans musicians and craftspeople and argues for their central role in rebuilding the city. He considers a repertory of New Orleans music filled with references to the city’s geography and past natural disasters, illustrating how contemporary musicians revisit and revise tradition.