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The Kingdom of Zydeco

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There's a musical kingdom in the American South that's not marked on any map. Stretching from the prairies of Louisiana to the oil towns of East Texas, it is ruled over by accordion-squeezing, washboard-wielding musicians such as Boozoo Chavis, Bean Jocque, Buckwheat Zydeco, Nathan Williams, Keith Frank, Terrance Simien, Geno Delafose, Rosie Ledet, C. J. Chenier, and Chris ...more
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published September 6th 1998 by Arcade Publishing
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Phil Overeem
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you're a fan of Peter Guralnick's books on musicians and their lives, you will want to read THE KINGDOM OF ZYDECO. Tisserand literally traverses even the furthest reaches of that kingdom to bring the reader the deepest, most intimate understanding of zydeco possible. Heartfelt, probing, and very warmly written. Even the appendix is stellar.
Garrett Cash
The most definitive account of the zydeco genre I could imagine. I went from knowing nothing about the genre other than the music of Buckwheat Zydeco to discovering more major players in the genre, the stories behind the most famous songs, and a good deal about the societal nuances and workings of Creole musical culture. If you're looking to dive into a treasure trove of information about America's great underappreciated roots genre, this is the place to dig!
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In contrast to the death toll being rung for printed works these days I was recently reassured of the survival of "old style" books by how I came upon the wonderful "The Kingdom of Zydeco", a book not presently available in electronic form. Its the kind of book that delves deep into regional culture, has a limited audience, and sadly offers limited return for a publisher to make available as an iBook. We'll see. The point is that this book and many similar works like it are comfortably waiting ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book to start of learning about zydeco and the various cultures and people behind it. Tisserand seemed to do a decent job of interviewing everyone involved and getting himself into the scene. The only thing that I found kind of odd and interrupted my reading was the fact that, on a few occasions, the same person or event is introduced twice within the span of a few pages. This could have been intentional but seemed like an editor's error.
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good, thorough introduction to Zydeco. Interviews with and info about many of the top performers (some no longer living) of this music which is particular to the Southwestern part of Louisiana and the Eastern part of Texas. Also talks about the history of its roots.
Jun 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: music fans, especially folks already into zydeco
Shelves: louisiana
An accessible history of zydeco with an emphasis on the people who make the music. I really enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot, even though I grew up in the kingdom of zydeco.
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zydeco, Louisiana & Mississippi Delta fans
Michael Tisserand tells an authoritative history of Zydeco born in Louisiana - often through the voices of those playing and dancing - that's what makes this a joy to read. I can hear them now...
Chi Chi
Good information to be found in this book, but it's not very well organized and really lacks focus. If you're not already interested in Zydeco, I'm not so sure this book would spark any interest.
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