This book "beautifully captures the world of one of America's most unique, fascinating, and rockin' musical cultures. The definitive work on the subject" (Bonnie Raitt). An important book for anyone with an interest in life, American music, Southern culture, dancing, accordions, the recording industry, folklore, old dance clubs in the weeds, fortune tellers, hoodoos or shotguns" (Annie Proulx). Stretching from the prairies of Louisiana to the oil towns of East Texas, The Kingdom of Zydeco is ruled by accordion-squeezing, washboard-wielding musicians such as Buckwheat Zydeco, Nathan Williams, Keith Frank, Terrance Simien, Rosie Ledet, and C. J. Chenier. With its African-Caribbean rhythms, Creole-French-English lyrics, and lively dance styles, has spread from its origins in Louisiana across the nation. In this remarkable book full of anecdotes and interviews, Michael Tisserand reveals why zydeco's irresistible blend of blues and Cajun influences has made it so popular. Here is the inside story of Louisiana black creole music. Tisserand goes on the zydeco trail to meet the major artists; he reconstructs the legends behind the music's beginnings, offering complete biographies of pioneers such as Amede Ardoin and Clifton Chenier; and he takes you into the dance halls and onto the front porches where zydeco was born and continues to thrive. More than a book on a musical style, The Kingdom of Zydeco is a celebration of a distinctive American culture.