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New Orleans Jazz

Dale Maharidge

in Someplace Like America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262478
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262478.003.0021
New Orleans Jazz

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This chapter starts by describing Little Richard singing John Anderson's “Annie Is Back,” blasting from the speakers of the UNITY van. Mike Miller was sitting in the front of the car. Shamus Rohn gunned them up the sky-reaching steel truss arc of the U.S. 90 bridge over the Mississippi River. A dizzying panorama of the Crescent City: for a moment it felt as if they were about to soar over all that lay beyond and around the skyscrapers, the 70,000 secret nooks where squatters dwell. The WWOZ radio station provided theme jazz music for this twelve-hour day and night. It was America with the lid ripped off. Dale Maharidge had to see more of what was inside. He had to see the squatter's night. The New Orleans night was lit by strobing flashes of blue light.

Keywords: Mike Miller; Shamus Rohn; Crescent City; squatters; WWOZ; jazz; music; America; Dale Maharidge; New Orleans

Chapter.  3975 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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