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Description - Louisiana Music by Rick Koster

The first and only guide to all the music and musicians, young and old, of America's most raucous, rocking state. What is it about Louisiana that breeds and attracts musicians? There are literally hundreds of themDr. John, Harry Connick, Jr., Randy Newman, Trent Reznor, the Neville family, the Marsalis familyall 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 talentthe 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306810039
ISBN-10: 0306810034
Format: Paperback
(150mm x 230mm x 20mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Rick Koster

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

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