Katrina and After

  • Michael Urban
Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)


The focus of this chapter falls on the role of music and musicians in New Orleans’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. In order to frame that subject, however, some discussion of context is required. Thus, the following section outlines how the authorities at all levels of government engineered this disaster and failed utterly to rescue its victims, leaving it to citizenry, musicians included, to step into the breach of suffering and death in order to save lives. Similarly, with respect to the long process of recovery, established authorities proved themselves dilatory, incompetent and predatory, first expelling the city’s residents and then hampering—and often de facto preventing—their return. Again, it appears to have been the sacrifices of the citizenry—and, perhaps, especially the city’s musicians—that restored life to the Crescent City


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© Michael Urban 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Urban
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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