Song for My Fathers

Song for My Fathers

Tom Sancton

Narrated by the author and teeming with exquisite illustrations, archival photography, 27 sound recordings and 10 short films, the Orson edition of Song for My Fathers is a triumph in digital storytelling.

A young white boy is driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until Preservation Hall launched a nationwide revival of interest in traditional jazz. They called themselves "the mens", and they welcomed the young apprentice into their ranks.

For the first time you can hear the music of the story while you read about it -- and experience original footage of performances that helped define the soul of the city.

Nurtured on his father's belief in racial equality, Sancton embraced the old musicians with a boundless love and admiration. His memoir unfolds against the vivid backdrop of New Orleans in the 1950s and '60s. But that magical place is more than décor; it is perhaps the central player, for this story could not have taken place in any other city in the world.

tom sancton

Tom Sancton

Tom Sancton graduated from Harvard in 1971 and attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. A former senior editor at TIME, and contributor to Vanity Fair, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, he co-authored the international bestseller, Death of a Princess: An Investigation and wrote the novel, The Armageddon Project.

A jazz performer in his own right, he has toured internationally, recorded over a dozen albums, and appeared alongside Woody Allen in Wild Man Blues. In 2007 Sancton was named Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Tulane University, where he continues to teach advanced courses in creative writing.

Key features

  • 80+ Images
  • 9-hour audio book with integrated music
  • 10 short films
  • 27 audio tracks you can’t find on iTunes


  • Orson publication date: 2017
  • Original edition publication date: 2006
  • Original edition publisher US: Other Press
  • Editor: Benjamin Morse

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