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ISBN-10: 1501333364
ISBN-13: 9781501333361
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publish Date: 10/31/2019
Dimensions: 6.40" L, 4.70" W, 0.40" H

The Wild Tchoupitoulas’ the Wild Tchoupitoulas

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The Wild Tchoupitoulas is a definitive expression of the modern New Orleans sound. From Hey Pocky A-Way to Big Chief Got a Golden Crown, the album draws on carnival traditions stretching back a century, adapting songs from the Mardi Gras Indians. Music chanted in the streets with tambourines and makeshift percussion is transformed throughout the album into electric rhythm and blues accented funk, calypso, and reggae. The album bridges not only genres but generations, linking the improvised flow from group leader George Landry, better known as Big Chief Jolly, to the stacked harmony vocals by his nephews Aaron, Art, Charles, and Cyril–the core members of the soon-to-be-formed Neville Brothers, playing together here for the first time.

With production from Allen Toussaint and support from The Meters, the city’s preeminent funk ensemble, The Wild Tchoupitoulas brings an all-star brigade, pressing these old anthems into new arrangements that have since become carnival standards. In the process, the album helped to establish the terms by which processional second-line music in New Orleans would be commercialized through the record industry and the tourist trade, setting into motion a process that has raised more questions than it has answered about autonomy, authenticity, and appropriation under the conditions of a new cultural economy.

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"In his view, the Wild Tchoupitoulas is both a harbinger of that future and a symbol of the past that is long gone now. For a long essay/short book, [Bryan Wagner] does a great job, and he never forgets that the music and personalities that made it are what makes it the classic that it is." - Offbeat Magazine
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Details

ISBN-10: 1501333364
ISBN-13: 9781501333361
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publish Date: 10/31/2019
Dimensions: 6.40" L, 4.70" W, 0.40" H
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