The relationship between “southern” and “American” music is a close bond as so many kinds of American music have their origins in the South. Malone discusses the music of new migrants and cultural fusions, and he addresses the question of authenticity.
“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.