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Bayou Underground: Tracing the Mythical Roots of American by Dave Thompson

By Dave Thompson

Permeating the shadows and the darkness of the bayou is —a international all its personal that stretches from Houston, Texas, to cellular, Alabama. This learn of marsh tune leaves New Orleans to find mystery legends and vibrant mythology within the surrounding desolate tract. the folks and the cultures that experience known as the bayou home— comparable to Bob Dylan, Jerry Reed, Nick Cave, Bo Didley, and a one-armed Cajun backwoodsman and gator hunter named Amos Moses— are unearthed not just via their very own phrases and lives but in addition via a learn in their track and interviews with viewers to and citizens from the quarter. The interviews with Jerry Reed and Bo Didley, who either died in 2008, are one of the final, emphasizing the book’s significance as a bit of cultural maintenance. half social background, half epic travelogue, and partially a lament for how of lifestyles that has now all yet disappeared, this is often the gripping tale of yankee music’s forgotten childhood— and the parentage it slightly even knows.

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Paramount was a serious blues label. Skip James, Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake and Son House all recorded for Paramount, and blues fans agree it was the best of the best. At the time, though, the label could barely give its music away. The Great Depression was raging, and, frankly, people had better things to spend their money on than a fragile 78. Plus, the blues were such a minority interest that, even with all the cash in the world, most people had no interest in the animal yowlings of a few scratchy Southerners.

The way Newborn tells the story, most kids their age did. Like Elvis, Junior and Calvin were part of that generation which was reaping the material benefits of its predecessor’s depression-era poverty. Their parents, too, were poor, and throughout those difficult years before the Second World War, to make ends meet Finas BAYOU UNDERGROUND worked as cook helper at Normal School (now the Memphis State University), and at the nearby Army Depot, as well as playing drums in bands at night. ” Of course, one of these things was a love for playing music, and the instruments to play it on.

Marie’s greatest dramas, however, took place on the Bayou Lafourche, where she would enact vast public voodoo rituals, dancing with her pet snake, Zombi, calling down the elements and raising the waters, and pulling what cynical onlookers would describe as every conjuring trick in the book out of her hat, to impress the onlookers not only with her power, but also with the knowledge that, if they should ever need a Voodoo Queen, then she was one they should seek. Great New Orleans Voodoo Kings and Queens Sanite Dede Marie Laveau Marie Laveau II (daughter) Doctor John Joseph Melon Doctor Beauregard Doctor Jack Doctor Yah Yah Dr.

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