- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (March 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578061164
- ISBN-13: 978-1578061167
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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Zydeco! Paperback – March 1, 1999
From Library Journal
Zydeco is an extremely danceable music that developed among the Creole population of southwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas. It combines elements of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, blues, and Cajun music, is often sung in French, and may feature use of the accordion or the frottoir, a modified washboard. Zydeco had nearly died out when it was revived by its appearance on the soundtrack of the film The Big Easy and Paul Simon's album Graceland. This volume joins Michael Tisserand's The Kingdom of Zydeco (LJ 10/1/98) as one of the first book-length explorations of this American musical form. Sandmel, zydeco programming consultant for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, traces the history of the music and draws upon interviews with some of the seminal zydeco performers, such as Clifton Chenier and Boozoo Chavis, popularizers like Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, and practitioners of "zydeco nouveau," which incorporates the influence of rap and hip-hop. While not as in-depth as Tisserand's book, this work is a solid and handsomely illustrated introduction to zydeco. Recommended for public and academic libraries.AMichael Colby, Univ. of California, Davis
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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An inside view of this Louisiana Creole dance music in photos, interviews, and commentary
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But onto the photographs and Zydeco. Each picture tells a story. And each picture has a story. Not just the technical aspects, although Rick Olivier does for Zydeco and the Delta Region what Ansel Adams did for Mountains and Yosemite. Each photo coveys not only the depth of the subject, but the relationship they have with the photographer.
Rick is much about the respect for the character, and the characters in turn respond by opening up. Be it a young girl on a first shoot, or a pro like Irma Thomas revealing what to me was a secret. There is fancy techniques or papers or film, mostly Tri-X. But here the grain of the film is the grit of the subject. Second big lesson I got was that Rick is not afraid to break away from the set formula. What you may think of as a perfect portrait shot is not enough for Rick. He actually enjoys an occasional distraction (like a man with a wheelbarrow in a background) as it adds reality. To him a visqueen covered window, room air conditioner with exposed coils, and line art wall decorations are an integral part of the smoky and sometimes mysterious aura that are Zydeco.
So enjoy your guided tour. This book may not be a money maker but certainly is a labor of love.
While this is certainly better than a coffee table book, the pictures can make it serve as either one. Great portraits and incredible concert energy that are making me think about toting a camera along to the next zydeco show I see
Oliver's black-and-white photographs are terrific. While there are a few photos of the musicians performing, most are of a portrait nature.
The appendices include a discography of Louisiana music (more than just zydeco), Internet resources, etc.
I also recommend Let the Good Times Roll: a Guide to Cajun and Zydeco Music by Patricia Nyhan.