1. nprontheroad:

I feel that this is a fair question. One answer is that it is a place that values cocktail napkins highly. Another is that Cashiers is where my cousin got married last night. One of my Atlanta cousins. Given away by her mother and father, who let me stay at their house in Buckhead back in February, when I began working on a story about OutKast’s festival tour. Who knew exactly where Stankonia is located (10 mins from their house), how many other studios are on Antone St. and what a big deal it was that I was doing interviews there (largely between the hours of midnight and 4 am, to everyone’s bemusement). After I got back from Coachella, where OutKast kicked off their tour, my cousin and her fiance grilled me, registered their feelings over Andre sporting a Lovett sweatshirt that night and again reaffirmed how broad and deep and personal the love for OutKast runs in Atlanta.
When, in June, OutKast finally announced Atlanta dates and they overlapped with my cousin’s wedding, I was 100% certain that she (and if not her, her dad) was going to reschedule.
I was wrong. But she and her husband sealed the deal last night, thoughtfully, which makes it possible for me (and quite a few other guests at the wedding) to drive down to Atlanta today for the last night of something important. The bond between that city and that group is special, rare, but it’s also a grand-scale version of the relationship we all have with the first group we really fell for. That first band that made us feel like we were hearing ourselves.
I’ll be talking to people at the show and following up on interviews with the musicians involved, and on Monday I’ll report on everything that went down.
I do get that this is a dream job. 
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    nprontheroad:

    I feel that this is a fair question. One answer is that it is a place that values cocktail napkins highly. Another is that Cashiers is where my cousin got married last night. One of my Atlanta cousins. Given away by her mother and father, who let me stay at their house in Buckhead back in February, when I began working on a story about OutKast’s festival tour. Who knew exactly where Stankonia is located (10 mins from their house), how many other studios are on Antone St. and what a big deal it was that I was doing interviews there (largely between the hours of midnight and 4 am, to everyone’s bemusement). After I got back from Coachella, where OutKast kicked off their tour, my cousin and her fiance grilled me, registered their feelings over Andre sporting a Lovett sweatshirt that night and again reaffirmed how broad and deep and personal the love for OutKast runs in Atlanta.

    When, in June, OutKast finally announced Atlanta dates and they overlapped with my cousin’s wedding, I was 100% certain that she (and if not her, her dad) was going to reschedule.

    I was wrong. But she and her husband sealed the deal last night, thoughtfully, which makes it possible for me (and quite a few other guests at the wedding) to drive down to Atlanta today for the last night of something important. The bond between that city and that group is special, rare, but it’s also a grand-scale version of the relationship we all have with the first group we really fell for. That first band that made us feel like we were hearing ourselves.

    I’ll be talking to people at the show and following up on interviews with the musicians involved, and on Monday I’ll report on everything that went down.

    I do get that this is a dream job. 

  2. atlanta

    outkast

    NPRMusic

  1. I think it’s one of those places where, because we didn’t grow up in New York, because we didn’t grow up on the West Coast, we had time to soak both of those things in. Because no one expected anything from the South, except, you know, maybe fast, booty-shake club music. The door was wide open, so we had an open palette. And one thing I can say about Atlanta is you can do anything from Atlanta. Like, I think it would’ve been harder for us to come out from New York because they would’ve expected us to do a certain thing. We would have to rap a certain way, you know. So I think Atlanta is almost like a freedom land because we had no ties to anything. It was just open, like, open field.

    — Andre 3000, speaking with Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley before a screening of the just-released Jimi Hendrix biopic in which he stars. Tonight OutKast begins a three-night stand in their hometown, Atlanta, after which they’ll continue a months-long festival tour.

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  1. If we must be enemies, let us be men and fight it out as we propose to do, and not deal in such hypocritical appeals to God and humanity.

    — William T Sherman defends his complete destruction of Atlanta in 1864, which he began 148 years ago today. (via laphamsquarterly)

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  1. atlantahistorycenter:

“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.” 
- Gertrude Jekyll
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    atlantahistorycenter:

    “The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.”

    - Gertrude Jekyll

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  1. thisbigcity:

humanscalecities:

Red Squares Indicate Land that is 100% Dedicated to Parking in Midtown Atlanta

紅框區域全是美國亞特蘭大市中心的停車場。
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    thisbigcity:

    humanscalecities:

    Red Squares Indicate Land that is 100% Dedicated to Parking in Midtown Atlanta

    紅框區域全是美國亞特蘭大市中心的停車場。

    (Source: yippiyeay)

  2. Atlanta

    parking

    cities

  1. publicsquareatlanta:

    Katrina Owens provides a survivor’s perspective on child sex trafficking in our first video meant to shed light on issues around Atlanta. To learn more and find out how you can help, please visit  http://publicsquareatlanta.org /.

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