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Groove Interrupted: Loss, Renewal, and the Music of New Orleans
Keith Spera, foreword by Harry Shearer. St. Martin's, $25.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-31255225-1
This wonderful celebration of the "vibrant, idiosyncratic music community" of New Orleans is a collection of profiles of individual musicians who all had their ability to make music threatened after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Born and raised in New Orleans, Spera has written widely about his hometown's musical culture for the city's daily newspaper, the Times-Picayune, and many of the stories presented here had their origin in Spera's articles written before and after Katrina. All of them show how artists as varied …