The Year Before the Flood
A Story of New Orleans
By Ned Sublette
Lawrence Hill Books, Hardcover, 9781556528248, 452pp.
Publication Date: September 2009
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"An intense and thoughtful 'companion volume' to The World that Made New Orleans . . . A powerful, heartfelt and sometimes angry take on a great American city." Kirkus Reviews
"Ned Sublette is a literary Spirit Master, and The Year Before the Flood is his most personal and astounding work, full of mad knowledge and unorthodox insights about race, crime, history, politics, music and all the other ingredients that flavor the righteous roux that is New Orleans." T.J. English, author, Havana Nocturne and Paddy Whacked
"Ned Sublette is the rarest of writers. The Year Before The Floodhis third tour de force work on music, race, history, and conscienceis his most personal and memorable yet." Jeff Chang, author, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
"Ned Sublette sees the edgy magic of New Orleans with the eyes of both an insider and outsider. From race to music, from Parasol’s bar to the Mardi Gras Indians, he really gets it. His feel for the sources of jazz and funk flavor the book and make it a delight." Walter Isaacson, author, Einstein: His Life and Universe
"Sublette is a musical archeologist at heart . . . Part memoir, part history lesson, it's a scrapbook of the bustling port city at its most joyful, boisterous and deadly." Los Angeles Times
"Part memoir, part history, it's a profile of the rich New Orleans music culture that Katrina nearly erased." The Dallas Morning News
"A musician and musicologist, Sublette writes with passion and precision of New Orleans' music and Mardi Gras, violence and racism, and its uniqueand now perhaps permanently damagedculture." St. Petersburg Times
"Sublette's first-person narrative captures the Big Easy before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, and subtly hints at the surreal dysfunction that would take place immediately afterward." Time Out New York