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Herman Leonard

A legend in his time – that’s the word for Herman Leonard. Leonard, the photographer whose portrait of Jon Cleary adorns this month’s OffBeat cover, has been immortalizing music greats […]

Information is Power

Ever wonder why things take so long to happen in New Orleans? Here’s a little story for you: Back in 1987, I had a job with a local marketing consulting […]

Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra

For many, “compromise” is the dirtiest word in art. It suggests artists sell out, catering to buyers’ whims, sullying themselves and their “self-expression” for filthy lucre. We like to believe […]

Tipitina’s: Times Change and Why New Orleans Musicians Don’t Make Any Money

Tipitina’s—it’s a household word when it comes to talking about New Orleans music. But it wasn’t always that way. Fifteen years ago, when I moved back to my native New […]