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- DescriptionTo most people, zydeco appears as quintessentially Louisiana as gumbo. Certainly, the music originated among black Creoles of southwest Louisiana. But the swamps of southwest Louisiana spill across the Sabine River into southeast Texas, and the music originally kwn as la-la quickly trickled west, too. There it fused with blues to create a new sound that came to be kwn, spelled, and recorded as zydeco. Black Creoles from Louisiana began moving into southeast Texas in search of better jobs during the first half of the twentieth century. As they resettled, so did their music. <cite>Texas Zydeco describes how many of the most formative players and moments in modern zydeco history developed in Texas, especially Houston. As the new players traveled back and forth between Houston and Lafayette, Louisiana, they spread the new sound along a zydeco corridor that is the musical axis around which zydeco revolves to this day. Roger Wood and James Fraher spent years traveling this corridor, interviewing and photographing hundreds of authentic musicians, dancers, club owners, and fans. As their words and images make clear, zydeco, both historically and today, belongs t to a state but to all the people of the upper Gulf Coast.
- Author BiographyROGER WOOD is the author of Texas Zydeco and Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues. A Professor of English at Houston Community College Central, he also is a contributing writer to The Roots of Texas Music, The Handbook of Texas Music, Encyclopedia of the Blues, and various other books and periodicals. James Fraher has been a photographer for more than thirty years. He contributed the photographs for Down in Houston and is the author of The Blues Is a Feeling: Voices and Visions of African-American Musicians. He resides near Chicago.
- Author(s)Roger Wood
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/09/2006
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleBrad & Michele Moore Roots Music Series
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note120 duotones
- Weight1479 g
- Width204 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Photographer(s)James Fraher
- Photographs byJames Fraher
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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