Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music

Way Down in Louisiana Clifton Chenier Cajun Zydeco and Swamp Pop Music This book is about the mysteries of the soul and the magic born when you make music from your heart With Clifton Chenier s amazing life and career as the centerpiece this collection of profiles comp

  • Title: Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music
  • Author: Todd Mouton
  • ISBN: 9781935754763
  • Page: 447
  • Format: ebook
  • This book is about the mysteries of the soul and the magic born when you make music from your heart With Clifton Chenier s amazing life and career as the centerpiece, this collection of profiles, complete with 130 photographs, gathered across two decades unites some of the world s most innovative creative forces.The propulsive, soulful sounds of Buckwheat Zydeco, the virThis book is about the mysteries of the soul and the magic born when you make music from your heart With Clifton Chenier s amazing life and career as the centerpiece, this collection of profiles, complete with 130 photographs, gathered across two decades unites some of the world s most innovative creative forces.The propulsive, soulful sounds of Buckwheat Zydeco, the virtuosic blues rock of Sonny Landreth, and the accordion and fiddle driven bayou backbeat of BeauSoleil were all birthed in Cajun and Creole country, a place where tradition and innovation rub against one another from the kitchen to the festival stage.Singer songwriter, poet, and activist Zachary Richard traditionalists turned innovators Steve Riley The Mamou Playboys and cross genre artists Roddie Romero The Hub City All Stars are among the many gifted players spearheading their cultures ongoing reinventions In words, images, and music, the lives of these artists and culture bearers speak volumes about the power of identity, influence, perserverance, and triumph From Lil Band O Gold to Bonsoir, Catin and beyond, these artists make music that resonates in the hearts of listeners everywhere.

    One thought on “Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music”

    1. Mouton covers a lot of ground here, and, as a musician and homeboy, he writes from the inside. The book packaging is somewhat deceptive; it look like a Chenier bio, when, in actuality, it contains a brief musical biography of Clifton at its core. Also, I found it odd Marc Savoy didn't get a section of his own. However, it's a good intro the world of modern Cajun and zydeco, with excellent discographical recommendations.

    2. If you are interested in the evolution of Louisiana genre music, this is the book to read. It is not a biography of the singers, detailing every excruciating detail of their lives, it simply covers the major players in Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop as they relate to the music. The biography, then, is the music. So since, for me, BeauSoleil was my first exposure to Cajun music, and I look at their songs as a sketched pirate map (as many of their songs also detail the historical trail: songs about [...]

    3. I'm a huge fan of Cajun and Zydeco music, so reading about the early history of these genres and, specifically the biographical information on Clifton Chenier, the so-called King of Zydeco, was very interesting and enlightening. The hardback edition is beautifully done with first-rate design and photography. The very big problem with this book is how old the information is. Much of the text is repeated verbatim from magazine articles the author wrote TWENTY YEARS AGO from 1996-2001. Aside from " [...]

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