Song for My Fathers Returning to his hometown, New Orleans, Tom Sancton places his hands on Preservation Hall's wrought-iron gates and peers in, recalling a city that "had mostly… Song for My Fathers Returning to his hometown, New Orleans, Tom Sancton places his hands on Preservation Hall's wrought-iron gates and peers in, recalling a city that "had mostly… 2006-06-05 Nonfiction Other Press
Book Review

Song for My Fathers (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 05, 2006; Writer: Tom Sancton; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Other Press

Returning to his hometown, New Orleans, Tom Sancton places his hands on Preservation Hall's wrought-iron gates and peers in, recalling a city that ''had mostly faded into history long before Katrina struck — a victim of time, progress, and the eternal passing of generations.'' TIME's ex-Paris bureau chief (and an accomplished clarinetist) honors his father, a white writer with progressive views, and ''the mens,'' the black and Creole musicians who accepted the author into their ranks. When George Lewis plays a lick and tells a young Sancton, ''Make that,'' he invites him also to imagine a world beyond racism. Sancton's prose in Song for My Fathers seduces like a good second-line parade.

Originally posted Jun 02, 2006 Published in issue #880-881 Jun 09, 2006 Order article reprints
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