THE KINGDOM OF ZYDECO ~
Book review and technical detail THE KINGDOM OF ZYDECO ~ Michael Tisserand
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|Title||THE KINGDOM OF ZYDECO ~|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
A diffuse and careful anatomization whose academic accent seems diametrically against to its subject, a Creole agreeable anatomy accepted for playful, free-floating rhythms. Tisserand, a music biographer in New Orleans, probes the origins, growth, and advance of Zydeco, the vivacious, accordion-based ball music built-in to the Creole communities of southwest Louisiana and eastern Texas. Calling on articulate histories, ancillary accounts, and his own analysis and adventures to abutment his effort, the columnist abundantly opens the brand to the uninitiated. He explains the acumen amid Cajun and Creole, one abased as abundant on chase as on culture. He gives a abbreviate etymological account of the chat Zydeco, which acceptable stems from a bribery of les haricots, the French chat for breeze beans—a basic crop for atramentous Creole farmers. And he offers profiles of such capital and seminal Zydeco legends as the 1920s—’30s recording artisan and avant-garde AmCdC Ardoin and “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier, accustomed as the aboriginal to acquaint R&B and bedrock ‘n— cycle into Zydeco and as the artist of the avant-garde froittoir, or rubboard. Additionally sketched is Buckwheat Zydeco, the aerialist who in contempo years has been active (pun intended) in the music’s boilerplate acceptance. Yet in depicting the music’s popularity, decidedly today, the columnist does absence a step. By citation Zydeco’s attendance in a 1980s-vintage movie, The Big Easy, and its added uses as advancement music in contempo TV advertisements, Tisserand overstates the appulse of the form. This array of hype, and the boundless detail of his work, advance the author’s affection for his subject. While anybody can apprentice article from his book, a little affection will additionally advice them to put up with it. (b&w photos)
Stretching from the bayous of Louisiana to the oil towns of East Texas, the kingdom of zydeco is ruled by accordion-playing, washboard-wielding kings and queens named Beau Jocque, Boozoo Chavis, Queen Ida and--the King of Zydeco himself--Clifton Chenier. In this book, the leading expert on zydeco music provides the ultimate guide to this red-hot music and its origins. Photos Print ads.
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