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Larry Blumenfeld
Larry Blumenfeld

Larry Blumenfeld is working on a book about cultural recovery in New Orleans based on his research as a Katrina Media Fellow with the Open Society...

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Larry Blumenfeld on Nat Hentoff


A new collection of writings by one of America’s greatest self-described Jewish atheists distills the essence of his half-century defense of civil liberties and jazz—the nation’s most original and influential art.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE

Arts and Culture : Music

Joyful Noises and Joyless Measures in New Orleans

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David Simon’s HBO series “Treme” picks up on a theme that courses through the show: the longstanding tension between the city’s culture bearers and its powers that be. That tension has ratcheted up, or at least has grown more pointed, since 2005.

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE

Arts and Culture : Book Review

Larry Blumenfeld on Ned Sublette’s ‘The Year Before the Flood’

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Four years after Katrina, New Orleans struggles against the odds to preserve its unruly spirit through its unique musical legacy.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE
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Arts and Culture : Book Review

Larry Blumenfeld on New Orleans After Katrina


Why are New Orleanians—along with people from all over the world who continue to flock there—so devoted to a place that was, even before the storm, the most corrupt, impoverished and violent corner of America? “Nine Lives” by Dan Baum helps provide an answer.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009 READ MORE

Arts and Culture : Music

Yes We Can Can

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New Orleans has figured into this election season as a reminder of the Bush administration’s bungled, uncaring response to Katrina. Yet amid so much talk of hope and change, on this anniversary of disaster, many in New Orleans hope for a change of policy—the kind of federal assistance that can make a dent in crises of housing, public safety, education, health care and levee protection. It makes sense for musicians to kick-start that conversation.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE

Arts and Culture

Jazz Fest ‘08: Homecoming on Muddy Ground

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Truthdig / Larry Blumenfeld

It’s easy in New Orleans these days to read meaning and purpose into every lyric or song choice—was Sheryl Crow commenting on the housing crisis by covering “Gimme Shelter,” or was she just doing a Stones tune? Also, it’s impossible to take in all the music and all the messages emanating from the Jazz Fest’s 10 stages. Still, a good deal of what I did catch was timely, topical and worth remembering.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE

Arts and Culture : Book Review

Larry Blumenfeld on New Orleans’ Refusal to Vanish

Ned Sublette’s remarkable new book tells an inspiring story of resilience and resistance by ordinary men and women who won’t cooperate in their own erasure.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE
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Larry Blumenfeld
Larry Blumenfeld

Larry Blumenfeld is working on a book about cultural recovery in New Orleans based on his research as a Katrina Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Village Voice, among other publications, and his essay “Band on the Run in New Orleans” appears in “Best Music Writing 2008” (Da Capo). He is editor at large of Jazziz magazine.

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