first met Hammond when I was sitting in my car in the parking lot at
the Educational Cultural Complex in Southeast San Diego, when he
stealthily approached and asked, “Hey man, are you listening to the new
For the uninitiated, this might just sound like some
uninhibited, unadulterated fun. But for Freedia, bounce—and all the
popping, locking, vibrating and wiggling that comes with it—is a core
part of New Orleans culture. Indeed, it’s part of history.