300 Years of Listening to New Orleans

Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, August 8, 1957. Photo by Franck-Bertacci Studio. Courtesy of the Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, August 8, 1957. Photo by Franck-Bertacci Studio. Courtesy of the Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

 

“Fess captured me in a way I still can’t really explain. It was the most shocking and exciting thing that I had ever heard. He’d play on the radio and I’d try to keep up with him as he went along. He was so profound. I was 16 years old when I finally saw him playing a small piano at a record hop and watched in awe.”

-Allen Toussaint on Professor Longhair, interview with Irish Times

Think about the first time you heard New Orleans music. A song on the radio, your mama singing you to sleep, or a performance that blew your mind. Unlike any city in the world, New Orleans has given birth to music and musicians who changed the way people appreciate music.  In honor of the city’s 300th anniversary, we’re dedicating our Fall 2018 issue to the memories, theories, and opinions of writers and musicians who share a love for New Orleans music. The issue drops Sept. 1, along with a new website. We’re also partnering with the New Orleans Jazz Museum on a companion exhibition featuring artifacts and artwork related to the essays in the magazine.

But first we want to hear from you. From now until June 1, we’re running a poll that’s sure to spark arguments: Who sits on your Mt. Rushmore of New Orleans music? Using the survey below, choose four musicians whose work has shaped your life, influenced the world, or shaken your dance floor. We’d also love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram who you picked using the hashtag #myNOLAmusic4.

We’ll tally up the votes, and voters who’ve selected the top four will enter a drawing to win:

  • a lifetime subscription to the magazine
  • VIP tickets to the museum exhibition
  • the opportunity to publish their own essay in the September issue

Three hundred years. Four choices. We hear ya knockin.

Cast your vote here.

 

Guest edited by Alison Fensterstock, the Fall 2018 issue includes new writing by Ned Sublette, Maurice Ruffin, John Swenson, Matt Sakakeeny, Michael Tisserand, Terri Coleman, Elijah Wald, Alex Rawls, Ben Sandmel, Gwen Thompkins, Rob Walker, Ladee Hubbard, Jack Belsom, Holly Hobbs, Melissa Weber, Jen Odell, and Iris Martin Cohen.

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