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Michael Tisserand Collection

Donated in 2020 by American author and journalist Michael Tisserand, this collection consists of interviews and live performances of musicians associated with Louisiana traditional music, conducted as research in his 1998 book “The Kingdom of Zydeco.” Interviews include Beau Jocque, Nathan and Sid Williams, Herbert Sam, Rockin’ Sidney, Lil’ Buck Sinegal, Terrence Simien, and Rosie Ledet, Willis Prudhomme, and Lynn August.

(L-R): Roy Carrier, Joseph "Bebe" Carriere, and Michael Tisserand, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, 1999

Collection samples:

Classie Ballou discusses recording "Paper in My Shoe" with Boozoo Chavis at Goldband Records and his early music career
Recorded circa 1996
Accesion number: TI1-015

Joseph "Bebe" Carriere discusses Amede Ardoin and adding snake rattles into a fiddle 
Recorded on November 19, 1996
Accesion number: TI1-037

Sidney "Rockin' Sidney" Simien discusses his early career
Recorded on August 15, 1993
​Accesion number: TI1-140