Release Year: 2010
Publisher: Black Shadow Press
Heaven Before I Die – A Journey to the Heart of New Orleans drops you smack dab in the middle of the rockin’, rollin’ second-line dancin’ New Orleans street celebrations that give The Bucket its unique character. You’ll meet Kermit Ruffins, Tuba Fats, Danny Barker, Dr. John and a crew of equally hip but slightly less famous cats and kitties like James Booker, Sista Teedy, Tom McDermott, Lula Elzy, David Torkanowski, Bob French and a pair of 300-pound go-go dancers. This is one street party you don’t want to miss. Come on and second-line.
From 1977 to Hurricane Katina and beyond, Heaven Before I Die captures the timeless jive and soulful excitement of living in New Orleans – and reminds us what we stand to lose if we fail to rebuild this irreplaceable city. Heaven Before I Die features photographs by famed New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, along with photography by the author.