This revealing biography presents a peek into the life of a remarkable man and chronicles his journey to become the Big Chief of an internationally recognized Mardi Gras Indian tribe and a staunch supporter of education. Based on more than seventy interviews with friends, family, and such notable musicians as Clyde Kerr, Jr., this biography exposes the man and complex mind beneath the colorful plumes. This illuminating book, which also provides insight into the secretive world of the Mardi Gras Indians, will captivate jazz aficionados, New Orleanians, and those who simply love the city.
Big Chief Harrison and the Mardi Gras Indians
Al Kennedy teaches American history at the University of New Orleans. He has lectured on the musical heritage of New Orleans and received numerous awards for his research on New Orleans history and culture, including the Jazztown Award, the New Orleans International Music Colloquium Jazz Supporter Award, and the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Blue Eagle Award. Kennedy resides in Metairie, Louisiana, with his wife, Vickie.
6 x 9 Hardcover
Published: Feburary 10, 2010
Features: Illustrated, Bibliography, Index, Dust Cover