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Nearing The End


Club Desire

Club Desire

By now, it might not be “Der No Mo’.”

The last time I photographed this place was around last fall. I’m sure you remember the pictures. Or not. Lots of pictures being posted on the internet every day. Hard to remember one from the other.

I returned last Sunday. I found that yellow paper tacked to what was the front door. It’s a legal notice. A hearing was held 29 January 2015. The first move was for the city to assume property rights. The next move is to tear this place down.

It was one of the clubs that helped give birth to rock n’ roll. It matters. At least, to me.

I’d love to see this building remain standing. Until I went inside. It took some courage on my part. Luckily, two women in their late 60s wanted to go inside. I went in with them. They were my protection. They were from Texas.

These pictures are what I saw. There is no restoration for this place. It’s pretty much done. I am so sorry.

Club Desire

Club Desire

Interior of Club Desire

Interior of Club Desire

Interior of Club Desire

Interior of Club Desire

Interior of Club Desire

Interior of Club Desire

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6 Comments

  1. Moose says

    Ray, it is hard to watch a place that gave meaning to your life disappear. It is even more of a loss when it is caused by the ravages of nature exacerbated by man’s negligence. I find myself thinking of the past more and more every day…battling the pull of regret. I try to enjoy the past for its lessons and the joy it once brought to me when the events occurred. Places trigger memories both joyous and tragic, but they are only places. They will always live as long they live in your memory. C’est la vie!

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    • Thank you, David, for your thoughts. It took a long while to formulate my thoughts. I’m not missing this place in particular. I wasn’t even in New Orleans the last time a musician whose name you know played here. I mourn this place in a more general sense. This is one of the places on the touring route, known as the chitlin circuit. It is one of the places that gave birth to rock n roll. Count Basie played here. Ray Charles played here. When his own club was bulldozed to make way for the Florida Street Projects, Fats Domino moved here and used it as his “home club.” As they say, “All things must pass.” I’m good with that. But, I’m more or less in a race to document all of it before it is gone. And, I am very, very late to the game.

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