Geographer RICHARD CAMPANELLA, a professor in the Tulane School of Architecture, is the author of seven books about New Orleans and was twice awarded the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award. Winner of the Williams Prize for Louisiana History and the Mortar Board Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Campanella also received the Monroe Fellowship from Tulane’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.
Praise for Bourbon Street
“Persuasive. . . gleefully subversive. . . . Campanella writes in a straightforward, unadorned style, combining a historian’s scrupulousness, a sociologist’s attention to demotic sources, and a geographer’s fascination with the influence of terrestrial conditions on culture, politics, and development. . . . Part of the delight of the various charts and maps included in the book is to imagine Campanella, clicker and stopwatch in hand, standing motionless amid the drunk, swelling mobs as he soberly records his data.”—Nathaniel Rich, New York Review of Books
“Campanella's vividly told, fact-packed account of the French Quarter entertainment strip couldn't be more topical. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to discuss New Orleans crime, economic development, the value of historic preservation, the business of vice, and the touchy subject of ‘authenticity’ in a city that celebrates its past.”—Times-Picayune
“A fantastically in-depth examination of what may be the most famous street in America....Campanella’s Bourbon is more than just a street, and this history covers more than just Bourbon. It is, in many ways, a history of New Orleans, or, rather, a history of what New Orleans makes itself out to be. He doesn’t stop there. He delves into the polarizing nature of modern Bourbon Street and the argument over the authentic New Orleans experience....Campanella proves [that Bourbon Street] is a global phenomenon, irrevocably married to Louisiana’s image.”—New Orleans Advocate
“Campanella...juggles statistics, geography, demographics, analysis, history and storytelling with brevity and wit…will make even the staunchest enemies of [Bourbon Street] reexamine his/her biases....An informative joy.”—Leigh Checkman, Antigravity
“A thoroughly researched, engagingly written, and altogether fascinating account of the mile-long street's history, from the Louisiana Purchase to the present.”—La Voce di New York
“Richard Campanella’s thoughtful exploration of New Orleans’s most contentious street is more than just a geographical or cultural history. . . . It may be one of the most hated streets in New Orleans, but may also be the one with the strongest will. We’ll raise a tacky, plastic hand-grenade cup to that.”—Edible New Orleans
“Weaves together history, geography, and culture to explain how Bourbon came to exist…. fascinating…delightful…both amusing and informative….” —Walter Isaacson
“Richly researched…engaging… [Campanella] shows how Bourbon Street has constantly evolved.” —S. Frederick Starr
Richard Campanella talks to Susan Larson of WWNO's The Reading Life about Bourbon Street: A History. - The Reading Life
Richard Campanella quoted in "Debate on Bourbon Street: Should the Good Times Roll Less Loudly?" - New York Times
Bibliography for BOURBON STREET: A History
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