Heaven Before I Die

Boogie Woogie like a knife in the back. That’s New Orleans music, and here’s a book that celebrates that sound—and the unique African-American culture that created it—in a whole new way.

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.