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Monday, September 05, 2005

Hear That Long Snake Moan part 1

There probably isn't a more fitting eulogy regarding the cultural dominance of New Orleans over this country (and the world) than this essay by Michael Ventura on the cultural roots of Rock & Roll, Gospel and of course, Jazz music.

From where do they spring? Read on! This is one of the best cultural histories I have ever read, and is extremely enjoyable.

It's long out of print, but seems to be required reading in a number of college courses, based on a Google search. I scanned the first half some time ago and present it here (look in the comments at the bottom of this post for the text, as I have not yet perfected my FTP skills).

I'd be happy to scan the second half (bringing it to the modern day) if anyone were to ask.