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Release Year: 2016
Homage: New Orleans is a photographic journey through contemporary music culture stemming from the southern city. This elegantly designed book includes over 300 images capturing the personalities and performances of some of the most influential and impactful jazz, soul, world, roots and blues legends of our times. Featured artists include New Orleans greats like Dr John, the Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas and Wynton Marsalis, and jazz, blues, soul, African and reggae legends like Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Fela Kuti, Jimmy Cliff, Cab Calloway and James Brown. In addition to the stunning collection of images, Homage: New Orleans includes the unique insights of an industry insider who is also an unreconstructed fan of the musical culture of New Orleans. Morris writes of his experiences and reflections on the musicians, the music industry, the central role of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta in the development of contemporary music, and explains the evolving role of music photography from the point of view of an artist whose career has straddled both analogue and digital eras. The resulting book provides a singular viewpoint over two decades, in images and words, from an outside observer who clearly has a deep affection, commitment and connection to the city and its culture.