Johnny Goldstein – ‘An Elegy for the Lost City’


An Elegy for the Lost City by Johnny Goldstein is an ebook that uniquely doubles as a soundtrack. It marks a milestone that is the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by sharing the deep-rooted traditions and lifestyle of Louisiana through five families beginning in 1707 to present day.

Goldstein is an award-winning composer, songwriter, guitarist, music producer and teacher who used characters from previously written songs to compose this work. Goldstein indicates this as the “World’s First Audio Book in Radio Form.” It was edited by the founding editor of Rolling Stone, Michael Lydon. The knowledge and expertise behind this work proves it is of highest quality.

Goldstein writes a beautiful story, an ode, to a lost time. The sound, rhythm, spoken word and variation of instruments creates such a unique listening experience. I’ve never encountered anything like it before. Listening to this story made me feel as if I had been transported back in time… sitting in a New Orleans speak easy, martini in hand, listening to rhythm and blues. There are bits and pieces of other’s work, like Louie Armstrong, incorporated. It’s a musical history lesson. Spanning 300 years, you’re learning about a different time and way of life in New Orleans before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. There is a special way the music takes you on a journey through time with the sounds of jubilant saxophones, guitars, drums and the soft key strokes of a piano alongside that unmistakable Louisiana accent. It’s a touching journey. You will experience the emotional highs and lows of enduring a hurricane in a city that has produced beloved art, music, unforgettable festivals, and flavorful foods.

It is a lengthy work of art. Lasting 370 minutes, it is not something that can be easily listened to in one sitting but the great thing about audio books is that you can always pick up where you left off. Goldstein creates a ficto-reality narrative you will want to give your attention to, as there is so much music and history to take in.

It has a nature-inspired Mark Twain feel that meets a Dean Koontz mystery. It is unique and richly full of history, culture, and intrigue. For anyone who has ever been interested in southern-lifestyle, natural disasters or culturally rich history this is a great story.

You can watch the trailer as well as get to know the author better by visiting the website It will be released this Fall but can be pre-ordered now.

This journey you can take down the Mississippi River is one you won’t want to miss.


Breanna Davis