10 thoughts on “Song for My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White

  1. Glen Glen says:

    This is a profound and moving adult love story, of a man for his father, his city, the music of that city, and the mens with whom he apprenticed in order to learn it It is a story about race relations, about the human spirit, about family, about memory It is written with a journalist s eye for det


  2. Lil Mike Lil Mike says:

    Tom SanctonTom Sancton narrates the Other Press book Song for My Fathers A New Orleans Story in Black and White Set against the segregated backdrop of the 50 s 60 s Jim Crow era, the book tells a remarkable story of a white kid in New Orleans learning life s lessons not only from his eccentric father


  3. Grace Grace says:

    Sancton skirts around what could have been a fascinating story about race in the civil rights era in New Orleans an already racially fascinating city but never quite delves in.


  4. Michelle Michelle says:

    Memoir of a white musician and his apprenticeship with black musicians while growing up in New Orleans If you are interested in the city or its music, I would recommend it.


  5. Ronn Ronn says:

    As a lover of music, jazz especially, and classic jazz evenespecially, this book spoke to me on many levels Sancton, although largely either indifferent of unaware of the social conventions of the day, crossed many layers of color line in order to learn from the people who were as close as possible to the beg


  6. Guy Choate Guy Choate says:

    Not especially well written, but this memoir captures a spectacular place at a crucial time, when the New Orleans jazz scene began evolving to adapt to tourism and the old way remained dedicated to its craft Because of that, this memoir is part history lesson The author as a character is merely a vehicle in whic


  7. Ellanor Ellanor says:

    Tulane choice for 2006, memoir of Sancton s childhood growing up as son of middle class liberal learning from and playing with jazz greats including George Lewis at Preservation Hall night after night throughout highschool Wonderful period piece.


  8. Nathaniel Nathaniel says:

    Got a little chocked up reading the last line Great book If good ol New Orleans jazz don t do nothin for you, don t read this book.


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