The Kingdom of Zydeco, by Michael Tisserand

The Kingdom of Zydeco, by Michael Tisserand

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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 accordion-squeezing, washboard-wielding musicians such as Buckwheat Zydeco, Nathan Williams, Keith Frank, Terrance Simien, Rosie Ledet, and C. J. Chenier.

Theirs is the kingdom of zydeco. With its African-Caribbean rhythms, Creole-French-English lyrics, and lively dance styles, zydeco has spread from its origins in Louisiana across the nation, from Back Bay to the Bay Area. It has influenced the music of Eric Clapton and Paul Simon and been played at Carnegie Hall.  

Tisserand goes on the zydeco trail to meet the major artists; he reconstructs the legends behind the music’s beginnings, offering complete biographies of pioneers such as Amédé Ardoin and Clifton Chenier; and he takes you into the dance halls and onto the front porches where zydeco was born and continues to thrive.

More than a book on a musical style, The Kingdom of Zydeco is an exploration and a celebration of a distinctive American culture.

“This is a wonderful book, a comprehensive and enthralling look at zydeco. . . . [Tisserand] communicates his love for the music and makes you want to hear it.” - Washington Post

The Kingdom of Zydeco beautifully captures the world of one of America’s most unique, fascinating, and rockin’ musical cultures. The definitive work on the subject.” - Bonnie Raitt