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Ned Sublette is a 2005-2006 Guggenheim Fellow. He is the author of Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo (Chicago
Review Press), and composed the song “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly,”
recently recorded by Willie Nelson. In April he guest-hosted Radio
Nation with Laura Flanders on Air America Radio.
As hurricane season began in earnest, Ray Nagin, who famously declared New Orleans a "chocolate city," began his second term as mayor. What better time to appreciate the way George Clinton, America's should-be poet laureate, has funked up politics?