Will you help me preserve a slice of America's blues culture?
Though I've done much of the research, more needs to be done. Adding together time and expenses, this is a $10,000 to $12,000 project. I am trying to raise at least $2,000 via this Indiegogo campaign to cover the cost of two additional short trips to New Orleans—both travel expenses and research time. If I raise more, and I hope I do, it will help underwrite the labor-intensive writing and audio-editing process.
Why am I so excited about this? Well, King is a fabulous storyteller, whether he’s recounting his own personal history or telling salacious stories about the New Orleans nightlife in the 1960s and '70s. His stories are intervowen with the larger social history of race, music, and migration in the Deep South. His struggles and resilience mirror his city’s. I have documented Southern musicians in four radio documentaries, including Truckin' My Blues Away and Zydeco Nation. This project gives me the opportunity to tell one amazing musician's story in considerably more depth. It also give me a chance to return to my roots; I started my journalism career in Louisiana more than 30 years ago. You can read about my own work at barryyeoman.com.
How will I thank you for donating?
- If you make any size donation over $5, I will send you a personal thank-you letter.
- I'm offering a number of perks, musical and sartorial, relating to New Orleans music (and particularly Little Freddie's music).
- Really big donors will get public acknowledgements. Really, really big donors can have me coach their non-fiction writing.
- The one thing I cannot offer you is a free download of the story. But the cost will be less than a latte at your local coffee shop.
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