NORTH O BOOK REVIEW: “A Thousand Honey Creeks Later: A Life in Music from Basie to Motown” by Preston Love, Sr. 

A Thousand Honey Creeks Later: A Life in Music from Basie to Motown is the autobiography of North Omaha’s most influential musician of the mid-late 20th century, Preston Love. Love, who grew up in North Omaha and lived there most of his adult life, was a major force in the city’s music scene as well as a player in many nationally important groups. His sax was a doorway to the world, and as a leader he really brought it home. 

I really enjoyed Love’s emphasis on North Omaha throughout this book, including the places where he grew up, the musicians he played with, and the music scene in the city in general. I learned a great deal from his descriptions, and felt inspired by his larger vision for music and for North Omaha. He carefully walks the reader through the rich, vibrant experiences he had touring the Midwest as a young man, and then details the broader world he found himself moving through as a veteran of the most important music bands of the 20th century. 

I easily recommend this book to any North O history lover, any jazz aficionado, or anyone who loves rallying to save the music, no matter what kind it is! Visit your local bookstore or order your copy today online

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