By R. Reese Fuller
Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives is a suite of artistic nonfiction items concerning the energetic personalities who name south Louisiana domestic. initially released in newspapers established in Lafayette-Times of Acadiana and self sustaining Weekly-the twenty-five profiles and contours supply fascinating glimpses into the lives of famous Louisianans reminiscent of James Lee Burke, Ernest J. Gaines, Elemore Morgan Jr., Buckwheat Zydeco, Marc Savoy, Boozoo Chavis, Calvin Borel, Santy Runyon, and Eddie Shuler. writer R. Reese Fuller additionally information the occasionally zany and occasionally tragic topics that populate the cultural panorama of south Louisiana, from Tabasco peppers to Angola felony to cockfighting.Fuller brings years of expertise within the newspaper to endure in this assortment, providing behind-the-scenes entry no longer to be had in different places. Of specific be aware are his interviews with musicians and native celebrities, who demonstrate how their love of the area has motivated their paintings. Fuller's average method of storytelling creates a publication that may be a pleasure to learn and really represents the folks of south Louisiana.
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You can take a course in Acadian history in high school, but in those days none of that existed. I receive letters from my graduating class saying, “We’re having a class reunion. ” I remember one time a guy called me. ” I said, “I didn’t have anything in common with the kids back in ’58. I’m sure I’ll have less now. I don’t mean to be mean, but it’s the truth. ” I’m not saying that I was better than they were, or that they were right and I was wrong. I’m just saying that I was so different. And in those days, I didn’t have anyone in the ranks to support me.
I think they just want to homogenize everybody for the sake of making it easier to reach us. And it’s definitely, surely not because they love you so much. It’s because they want your buck. ” And I really can’t. I can’t get out there and play. I’ve played music for so many years, and I got fed up with it. I got fed up with what the audience wanted. I got fed up with just the logistics of playing. A. system, and I don’t want all this gadgetry. I see so many musicians nowadays that are so enam- 21 • Marc of Distinction ored with all this gadgetry, this electronic stuff, and all these amplifiers.