Nine Lives , by local author Dan Baum, could become musical

Lots of authors dream of their books scoring glowing praise from the New York Review of Books, topping the bestseller lists, getting optioned for a Hollywood movie. But getting turned into a musical? How often does that happen?

That could be the fate for Nine Lives, a nonfiction account of New Orleans penned by Boulder-based writer Dan Baum. A group of New Orleans musicians recently scored $50,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project, a contest funding revitalization projects around the Gulf to make an album based on the characters and stories in Baum's book -- the first step towards a full Broadway musical.

Just like Baum's best-selling book weaves together the strands of different New Orleans residents from Hurricane Betsy in 1965 up to Katrina , the Threadhead Records Foundation plans to include delta blues, gospel, traditional and modern jazz, '60s soul, Haitian meringue, funk, brass band, Mardi Gras Indian chants and hip-hop on the forthcoming album. Sounds like the sort of funky musical gumbo we can get behind. To learn more about the project, check out the Threadhead's video presentation below.

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Joel Warner is a former staff writer for Westword and International Business Times. He's also written for WIRED, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, Grantland and many other publications. He's co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster.
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