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27 08 2010

What Can't Be Lost book jacket
It’s been five years since Katrina (and George Bush and the Army Corps and the list goes on) destroyed one of the most culturally significant cities in the world. As a member of the human race, it’s your duty to give some thought to what happened along the Gulf Coast in the days surrounding Aug. 29, 2005. And don’t just throw your hands in the air and say, “too bad I never went to Mardi Gras before the storm” or some other such silliness. Show some love for New Orleans today. Not sure how? Lemme give you some ideas:

How You Can Help:
Vote to create a musical monument to New Orleans. Pepsi has money. Help them spend it wisely.

Donate a used instrument, some dinero or your time to the New Orleans music community via the Sweet Home New Orleans program. Or just check out their site and find out more about Ben Jaffe and his forward-thinking ideas for his hometown.

Buy a book! “What Can’t Be Lost: 88 Stories and Traditions from the Sacred City” is a gorgeous collection of photographs by Christopher Porche West and essays by New Orleans’ culture-bearers, and in addition to being a great read, it’s tax deductible — proceeds go back to the Sweet Home program.

Tight budget? Buy a single. Rock out to “It Ain’t My Fault” by the Gulf Aid All-Stars featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz band, Trombone Shorty, Lenny Kravitz and Mos Def. The cause is as good as the tune.

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