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Freedom’s Dance: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans
by Karen Celestan

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    Format: Hardcover
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Page Count: 240
    ISBN13: 9780807168837
    Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
    Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
    Parent Company: Louisiana State University

    Book Description:
    Freedom’s Dance provides a photographic and textual overview of the social, aid and pleasure club (SAPC) parade culture in New Orleans, tracking its origins in African traditions and subsequent development in Black New Orleans culture. Containing over 175 photographs by Eric Waters, Freedom’s Dance offers the first complete look at the SAPC Second Line tradition, ranging from ideological approaches to the contributions of musicians, development of specific rituals by various clubs, and parade accessories such as elaborately decorated fans and sashes. Karen Celestan’s vibrant text is supplemented with interviews by Valentine Pierce and other longtime culture-bearers such as Oliver “Squirk” Hunter, Lois Andrews (mother of Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and James Andrews), Fred Johnson, Gregory Davis, and Lionel Batiste, while interdisciplinary essays by leading scholars detail the rituals, historic perspective, and purpose of the Second Line. Freedom’s Dance defines this unique public-private culture and captures every aspect of the Second Line, from SAPC members’ rollicking introductions at their annual parade to a funeral procession on its way to the crypt.

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