Alison Fensterstock




Alison Fensterstock is a New Orleans-based music journalist. From 2006 to 2009, she wrote an award-winning music column for the city's alt-weekly, the Gambit. Her writing on roots music and New Orleans rap has appeared in MOJO, Vibe, Q, Paste, Spin and Oxford American’s annual music issue. Her Gambit cover story on gay and transgender bounce artists in New Orleans, Sissy Strut, was selected for an honorable mention in the Da Capo Press’s Best American Music Writing 2009.


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The Definition of Bounce: Between Ups and Downs in New Orleans'

A 204-page, comprehensive photo book that covers bounce music from 10th Ward Buck's perspective.

This full-color, multi-contributor flexicover includes a timeline of New Orleans rap that runs from 1984 (a 14-year-old Mia X) to 2010 (Mystikal's comeback show Mardi Gras night at the Mahalia Jackson Theater). Contributors include Jordan Blanton, Ethan Clark, Robert J. West, Jay Shukla, Abram Shalom Himelstein, Andre Phillipe Bonnet, Abigail Feldman, Erica Stavis and many others in New Orleans.


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