Interview with Eric Waters, author of 'Freedom's Dance'

Published on: August 29th, 2018

WWOZ's Action Jackson sits down with Eric Waters, photographer and co-author of Freedom's Dance, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New OrleansEric talks about the process behind the book, how it all came together, and how the advent of cell phone photographers has changed second line culture and his own photography. Hear it below!

Freedom’s Dance provides an unparalleled photographic and textual overview of the SAPC Second Line, tracking its origins in African traditions and subsequent development in black New Orleans culture. The book is available in all local book stores, including the Community Book Center on Bayou Rd.

Freedom's Dance writer Karen Celestan’s vibrant narrative is supplemented with interviews of longtime culture-bearers such as Oliver “Squirk” Hunter, Lois Andrews (mother of Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and James Andrews), Fred Johnson, Gregory Davis, and Lionel Batiste, while interdisciplinary essays by leading scholars detail the rituals, historic perspective, and purpose of the Second Line. Freedom’s Dance defines this unique pub-lic-private phenomenon and captures every aspect of the Second Line, from SAPC members’ rollicking introductions at their annual parade to a funeral procession on its way to the crypt.

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