YES WE DO
We begin a music-themed holiday edition of Finds with everything you need to know about Louisiana’s invaluable contribution to the birth of rock ’n’ roll: Tom Aswell’s Louisiana Rocks! (Pelican Publishing Company), an encyclopedic review of the musicians and venues that mid-wifed a screaming baby into America’s consciousness. Aswell, himself a former disc jockey and newspaper journalist, traces rock’s ascendency from the late 1940s — he makes a good case that Roy Brown’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (1947) and Fats Domino’s “The Fat Man” (1949) are the true first titles of the genre — through the Louisiana Hayride, which spawned Elvis Presley, to swamp pop and beyond. In many cases the Louisiana connection to these characters is tenuous — songwriter Kris Kristofferson served a short stint as a PHI helicopter pilot based out of Morgan City in the 1960s; Stephen Stills lived in New Orleans for about a year in the early ’60s before moving on to Greenwich Village and folk-rock fame — but the stories are engaging and provide a melodic backdrop to the state’s rich musical history. Louisiana Rocks! retails for $29.95 and is available at major book retailers. — Walter Pierce
JUST PLAIN FOLK
What better Christmas gift than a book written by a guy name Yule? Ron Yule’s Louisiana Fiddlers (University of Mississippi Press) is a compendium of the famous and obscure fiddlers to perform in the state’s dance halls, concert halls, bars, dives and house parties from Albany to Zachary and all points in between. Fittingly, this alphabetic review begins with perhaps the most famous Cajun fiddler of all time, Dewey Balfa. A fiddler himself from Deridder, Yule weds an acolyte’s enthusiasm with scholarly detail and a knack for storytelling in this 337-page tome covering more than 60 fiddlers in virtually all American folk genres, from Balfa to Paul Woodard and from Cajun to country swing. And Louisiana Fiddlers is richly referenced, pointing the reader to a trove of other works both on the fiddle and on individual musicians. Louisiana Fiddlers is $40 and is available at all major book sellers. — WP
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, December 10, 2013:
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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