Blues for New Orleans: Mardi Gras and America’s Creole Soul, by Roger D. Abrahams, with Nick Spitzer, John F. Szwed, and Robert Farris Thompson, University of Pennsylvania Press

A paean to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and a study of Mardi Gras as a celebration of cultural creolization. Showing how the music, dance, and fanciful displays of Carnival in the Greater Caribbean follow identical patterns of performance through conflict, resistance, and celebration, the authors argue that Mardi Gras of NOLA is a brilliant manifestation of the Black Atlantic complex, and that its rebirth will be a powerful symbol of the region’s return to vitality and its ability to express and celebrate itself. More information on Blues for New Orleans here.

Originally posted: February 1, 2006