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And the musicians?
Fats Domino is missing; he lived in the now-flooded 9th Ward and had said on Monday he intended to ride the storm out at home. Irma Thomas, the Queen Of Soul, has not been heard from. Gatemouth Brown's house was destroyed, although he is apparently safe in Texas at his brother's house. The Neville family's homes have mostly been destroyed. Allen Touissant, who wrote "Lady Marmalade" and "Right Place, Wrong Time," was last heard from in the Superdome.

One can only imagine what's happening to the legions of street musicians and other not-famous artists who made New Orleans their home.

Donate as much as you can. The Red Cross site seems to be under heavy load, but the work will long outlast the momentary rush of donors. You can also call 1-800-435-7669 (800-HELP-NOW).


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rubytramp From: rubytramp Date: September 1st, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, the boy and I were wondering about Fats. I'll send him this news.

So horrible for everybody down there. I sent my contribution this morning.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: September 1st, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was some discussion of Fats in the Times-Picayune forums today, but no news.
lalinguabella From: lalinguabella Date: September 2nd, 2005 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder how long it will be before they can start fixing things up down there. It's torture to sit by helpless, to watch and wonder. I know the hurricane destroyed the body of New Orleans, but now to think she took the soul, too... My God!
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: September 2nd, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I have very mixed feelings about New Orleans. Was the music still its soul? Or had that long since withered away, to be replaced by tourist clip joints and the never-ending frat party on Bourbon Street? New Orleans is (or was) a violent, dangerous and corrupt place with horribly poor neighborhoods and terrible racial segregation and attitudes.

Lots of people have funny or romantic New Orleans stories, but the one that has forever stuck in my mind was about Len Davis, a brutal and corrupt New Orleans cop, and Kim Groves, a community activist who dared to file a complaint against him. He ordered her killed, and was recorded doing so by the FBI, which had to disrupt its drug investigation of the NOPD to arrest him. He and the dealer who killed her were sentenced to death, but Groves' family have requested that the federal government not pursue the death penalty.
lalinguabella From: lalinguabella Date: September 3rd, 2005 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
New Orleans is (or was) a violent, dangerous and corrupt place with horribly poor neighborhoods and terrible racial segregation and attitudes.

Well, the same could be said about any major city, such as New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas... That doesn't mean it shouldn't be restored.

As for that corrupt cop story, it was over 10 years ago. I have no idea how things are there now, but Atlanta has changed a lot in the last 10 years, becoming much safer (down from #1 on the most dangerous list to #3) ;). But New Orleans was and is dangerous, yes. I guess I just don't see how it figures in to the equation.

As for the romanticizing of New Orleans, that's true. But it still means something to us. It was 1.2 million people, or a little smaller than any given one of the 5 boroughs in NYC, on average (8 million in the city proper). Some areas are more violent, but they mean something. They'd be worth rebuilding, too. I don't know how the creative scene in New Orleans was recently, but you can bet it'll have some feelings to express now. Give it time and give it faith.
bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: September 2nd, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Fats Found: Situation Otherwise Grim

Fats Domino found OK in New Orleans

(CNN) -- Rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats Domino was among the thousands of New Orleans residents plucked from rising floodwaters, his daughter said Thursday.

Karen Domino White, who lives in New Jersey, identified her father in a picture taken Monday night by a New Orleans Times-Picayune photographer.

The photograph shows Domino -- the singer behind the 1950s hits "Ain't That a Shame" and "Blueberry Hill" -- being helped off a boat near his home in the city's Lower 9th Ward.

His whereabouts since the rescue were not immediately known. Nor was there any information about his wife, Rosemary, friends said.

The neighborhood was heavily flooded when a levee failed as Katrina slammed into southeastern Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Thousands are feared dead in the storm, Louisiana's governor and the mayor of New Orleans have said, though no official tally has been compiled.

White said she last heard from her father August 23, four days before the storm hit, and was unable to contact him Sunday.

"I didn't have any information. I was just praying," she said.

Writer Charles Amann said he last spoke to Domino on Sunday, and the singer refused to join the evacuation that was then under way.

"He said to me, in that wonderful Southern accent of his, that no, he was staying on -- that he had gone through the last one and he could go through this one," said Amann, who is working on a book on the early days of the "American Bandstand" television program.

Many of those evacuated from the Lower 9th Ward were taken to the Louisiana Superdome and are being transferred to the Astrodome sports stadium in Houston, Texas.

Alan Warner, an EMI Music executive, also saw the photograph of Domino's rescue. But he said he did not know where the 77-year-old singer, born Antoine Domino, was taken afterward.

"But the fact that he actually was rescued is just so gratifying," Warner said.

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steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: September 2nd, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fats Found: Situation Otherwise Grim

Yes, thank you-- that's one piece of good news in this sea of horror. I've never seen Fats play and I really have to make a point of doing so soon.
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