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By R. Reese Fuller

Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives is a set of inventive nonfiction items concerning the vigorous personalities who name south Louisiana domestic. initially released in newspapers established in Lafayette-Times of Acadiana and autonomous Weekly-the twenty-five profiles and contours offer exciting glimpses into the lives of famous Louisianans corresponding to 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 info the occasionally zany and infrequently tragic matters that populate the cultural panorama of south Louisiana, from Tabasco peppers to Angola legal to cockfighting.Fuller brings years of expertise within the newspaper to undergo in this assortment, delivering behind-the-scenes entry now not on hand in other places. Of specific be aware are his interviews with musicians and native celebrities, who show how their love of the zone has prompted their paintings. Fuller's ordinary method of storytelling creates a ebook that may be a pleasure to learn and really represents the folks of south Louisiana.

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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 was a weirdo because I liked that [Cajun music], and nowadays it’s cool to like it. I guess that’s why I have a lot of strong feelings about people who I see that embrace it all of a sudden for the wrong reasons.

Dugas has brought only one rooster with him this afternoon. The only fighting it has done is in Dugas’s back yard. It’s part of conditioning the cock for the pit. During these practice bouts, the bird’s spurs are covered with the tiny gloves that resemble boxing gloves. The birds spar without inflicting severe damage to one another. ” Dugas removes his rooster from a wooden box and weighs it on a scale. A man with a baseball cap and a T-shirt tucked into his blue jeans looks to see how much the bird weighs.

13 • Thanks for the Memories Marc of Distinction Marc Savoy talks about growing up, building accordions, slopping pigs, preserving culture, and marketing quality. S. 190 sits a large green building surrounded by trees and meandering chickens. ” Marc Savoy is an imposingly tall man. His voice is a deep baritone and, whether speaking in French or English, his words are terse. His large hands could effortlessly wring the neck of a chicken. Instead, they spend hours connecting reeds, springs, buttons, stops, and bellows into his handmade Acadian accordions.

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