City walls
November 18, 2022

Ted Gioia on music murals and what our local heroes mean to us

"Growing up in a working class neighborhood, I judged the possibilities in my own life on the basis of what others in our home town had achieved. I was fortunate that I had a few success stories to latch onto—and others deserve that same kind of boost. They now have it in more than a dozen cities in North Carolina" - music writer Ted Gioia points out introducing music murals of John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Thelonious Monk, and others, painted by graffiti artist Scott Nurkin in several cities in North Carolina, where the painted musicians hail from.