Louisiana Music: A Journey from R&B to Zydeco,Jazz to Country,Blues to Gospel,Cajun Music to Swamp Pop to Carnival Music and Beyond

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What is it about Louisiana that breeds and attracts musicians? There are literally hundreds of them—Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr., Randy Newman, Trent Reznor, the Neville family, the Marsalis family—all part of a tradition going back to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden, and Mahalia Jackson. Tackling the monumental task of surveying the lush musical landscape of the state, Rick Koster examines all of the ingredients that went into creating this hotbed of talent—the ...

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Overview

What is it about Louisiana that breeds and attracts musicians? There are literally hundreds of them—Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr., Randy Newman, Trent Reznor, the Neville family, the Marsalis family—all part of a tradition going back to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden, and Mahalia Jackson. Tackling the monumental task of surveying the lush musical landscape of the state, Rick Koster examines all of the ingredients that went into creating this hotbed of talent—the social influences, the musical traditions, the food, the drink, the heat—and introduces us to the stars, both local and national, who have emerged. Discover the past and present of jazz, rock, zydeco, R&B, gospel, blues, country, and straight-up rock 'n' roll; learn too about the styles unique to Louisiana, like voodoo music, swamp pop, second-line brass bands, and Mardi Gras Indian tribes. With the laid-back charm and easy appeal that defines the state, Koster has created a survey as uniquely and teemingly rich with sound and story as the place itself.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Koster, journalist and author of Texas Music, has assembled a dizzying amount of information on the music and musicians of Louisiana, past and present. Because he covers blues, traditional jazz, rap, rock, pop, Cajun, Creole, zydeco, country, traditional folk, carnival, and voodoo music not to mention modern jazz, classical, gospel, and brass band music in fewer than 400 pages, the book suffers at times from overgeneralization. Some influential musicians (e.g., Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton) also receive short shrift. But everyone from Buddy Bolden to Britney Spears is here; and as long as the reader doesn't mind Koster's too frequent corny one-liners and use of very wide and somewhat biased brushstrokes in painting his picture of one of the most important musical regions in America, this is a serviceable overview. The bibliography includes information on contemporary artists' web sites, which hints at Koster's emphasis on modern music in the text. As a general-interest book, this is recommended for public libraries, especially those with patrons interested in travel and/or popular and folk-based musical styles. It may also be of some interest to academic libraries, but they certainly would do better with other more in-depth studies of individual musicians and genres associated with Louisiana. James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306810039
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2002
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 967,086
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Koster is a journalist and the author of Texas Music. He lives in New London, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Pt. I Jazz
1 Spontaneous Combustion and the Birth of an Art Form 3
2 Modern Jazz and the Disparate Paths of Young Warriors 33
3 Brass Bands 57
Pt. II Rhythm & Blues
1 The Foundations and Piano Giants 71
2 Singers and Hitmakers 97
Pt. III The Blues
1 The Baton Rouge Scene and Statewide Guardians 123
2 Young Pups 145
Pt. IV Music of Southwest Louisiana
1 Early Cajun and Creole Music 157
2 Modern Cajun 177
3 Zydeco 189
Pt. V Louisiana Rock
1 The Indigenous Sound 215
2 It Rocks, But It's Generic 233
Pt. VI The Wondrous Sounds
1 The Music of Voodoo 251
2 Swamp Pop 257
3 The Mardi Gras Indians and Carnival Tunes 263
4 Gospel and Religious Music 269
5 Country Music 277
6 Rap and Hip-Hop 293
7 Classical and World Music 299
Acknowledgments 307
Bibliography and Sources 309
Index 317
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