Editor's Note 1. A Memory of King Bolden 2. The Last Days of Storyville 3. Creole Songs 4. The Red Light District 5. Houses of Ill Repute 6. Sit Him Outside on the Steps Index
Alyn Shipton presents jazz radio programs for the BBC and is a critic for The Times in London. He is the author of several books on music, as well as a music publisher and editor. He divides his time between Oxford and the French countryside. In 2010, he was voted UK Jazz Broadcaster of the Year. Danny Barker (1909-1994) sang and played the guitar and banjo on over 1,000 jazz, swing, blues, and bebop records. he is a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Music Master Award.
"All in all this is an immensely entertaining book, although you
have to make an effort to seperate fact from fiction...it's one of
the few books I have picked up and found difficult to put down
again. Thouroughly recommended." -Eddie Cook, Jazz Journal
"Barker was one of the first African-Americans to record recollections of [New Orleans'] musical and social heritage. Much of it involved his own family; his relations had first-hand knowledge of legendary figures like Buddy Bolden, the cornettist reckoned to be the key figure in the emergence of jazz." -The Economist
"...it is the story and the manner in which it is told that makes this book an entertaining read." -Mike Hazeldine, New Orleans Music